I'll try to be brief. My pool was built in 2012. I have maintained a virtually crystal clear pool with zero algae since. I want to take more control and stay away from the pool store as much as possible.
I am an EZ pool user and I also use my inline chlorinator, I know FLAME AWAY!!!
Just joking. My Taylor K-2006 arrived yesterday and I'm going to do some base daily tests for at least a week before making any changes.
I am apprehensive because I work 24 hr shifts, and can be gone for up to 72 hours at a time. If I completely turn off my puck chlorinator and stop using EZ pool, then my pool is 100% dependent on me to feed it what it needs, daily. DAILY being my main concern.
I am reading horror stories on here of people struggling. Adding gallon after gallon after gallon of bleach to their pool and not achieving desired results.
Is it possible I could find my pool is hungry enough for a gallon of bleach a day to keep FC at optimum level? My pool gets sun about 11 hours a day and boy does it get warm during the summer.
I just wonder if it is cost effective to be feeding my pool, if, and only if, it requires a $3.00 gallon of bleach a day? Maybe more?
I would optimally like to dial my chlorinator back to the lowest setting to where I keep a low level maintenance dose of chlorine and an acceptable level of CYA. My last test from the pool store showed CYA was 70. I will figure out this Taylor test kit and post some results later today after my night shift. My local pool store has a test method to where they draw up the water in a syringe, inject the water into a disk, then place it in a centrifuge. They print me my results out.
I understand I may be suggesting a modified TFPC method, but I have to find what works for me and my lifestyle. If I switch to another method and find myself aggravated, fighting algae, not being able to keep FC at desired levels, fighting chloramines, cloudy water, I will never hear the end of it from my wife. Simply because what I am doing is working, but probably not ideal.
I am just very apprehensive about making a switch and then regretting it. I am thinking it could save me money, but maybe not so if my pool requires a gallon of bleach a day at $3.00 a gallon.
I ran two tests with the chlorine test today before work. I came up with FC being 4.0 and CC 0.0 on both tests.
I took my sample in the deep end about 12 inches deep and about 18 inches away from the return jet.
I did not have time to test anything else.
Any advice or suggestions or words of encouragement are greatly appreciated.