How-DEE from beautiful Ft. Worth(not Dallas)ya'll.
This site is wonderful, God bless the D.I.Y crowd. I hope to contribute as much as I can. My test kit is in the mail.
We moved into this house last year and the pool was the least of our worries. I dumped tablets and bagged shocker in it for the past year with the only goal of keeping it clear. Now that I have the more pressing home improvement stuff semi-handled I figured it best to at least baseline the pool to see what I had. The plaster did look like it was due for a re-do when I bought the house but I figured I could manage for a couple more years.
The CYA and CH are maxed out, looks like it is time to replace some of the water.
I had a local pool store run a test on the water and my PH was 7.3. I will report the others once I get started with my new TFP test kit. I used the math tool and dumped 3 gals of 12% LQ in it as well as 10 lbs of baking soda. The pool looks fantastic now but my levels are waaayy off. The pool lady told me to drain it in August when it is too hot to enjoy. I have a firefighter friend and a hydrant right outside my back yard so filling it back up should be fun
Anyway, I would like to thank you all for the good advice, I found a local source for the 12% bleach and have started to use the TFP methods. I promise to contribute as much as I can.