Good evening- I am on season number 2 with my 16 x 32 Intex Ultra Frame AGP with saltwater generator. Last year we set it up and it was nearly effortless, minus the constant vacuuming due to living on a gravel road. We had a bad storm here that took the pool down and we had to repair and refill it this spring. I am having a really hard time with balance this season and I don't know if it is because the SWG is no longer brand new or if there are other things happening. I used test strips last year as it was my first season, but got my Taylor K2006 yesterday. Despite adding over 3# stabilizer I still get a very low read. I have put in 3 2qt bottles of 8.25% bleach as for two weeks after setting up the pool we still weren't registering any FC. Possibly worth mentioning is that when it isn't raining we have full, hot sun above. So it has been a chlorine struggle between the extra water and the sunlight.
My results as of tonight- the bleach was put in a week ago.
Salt--showing at 1650ppm which cannot be possible, as we have put in the recommended 360lbs
Water temp currently 76
Did not get a CC as I tested the FC three times and kept forgetting before I dumped the sample and i didn't want to waste any more test drops tonight
The test strips consistently show my TC or CC at between 3-5.
Any feedback on these levels would be so greatly appreciated. After much research for these two seasons i feel I am getting a better grasp as I go, but the SWG tends to throw different logic and process into most information i find. I just don't want to throw it into a chemistry nightmare.