I want to thank this forum and community for being one of the best I've ever witnessed. I've learned more about my pool and pool chemistry by reading on this site in two weeks, than my "pool store" aka les-lies taught me in the first three months as a new pool owner. Being a skeptical person by nature, I started researching things about my pool after two months of "water test and you need this $80 chemical... You need this to offset this, blah blah". I spent hours reading the forums here. And everything started to click once I was educated a bit. I understood what the pros and cons of all the garbage they push are. And more importantly, I bought a Taylor k-2006 to see for myself. I can't dispute what I see in black and white, and after reading all the chemical analysis from posters like chemgeek, tbizzle, lion, and countless others, I come to realize that my pool store sold me wrong chemicals, then more chemical to offset the wrong chemicals. A quite brilliant Ponzi scheme IMO. Anyway, all this rambling was to thank all you in the forum. Reading thread after thread, I absorbed priceless info.
My pool chemistry is:
Cc 0 (1)
Ch 440 (2)
Cya 100 (3)
Key: (1) I don't trust cc test due to my friendly pool store selling me on a bucket of fresh n clear shock. Ordered the proper Taylor reagent to offset false test (thanks to this forum), but haven't received yet.
(2) ch is high thanks to my pool store selling me a huge bucket of cal-hypo as my primary sanitizer... Now I know better and bleach sanitize
(3) I have never used triclor, diclor, or cya. When I bought this home and pool in Feb, the previous owner had a floaty. I can only assume the 100 cya I inherited was from triclor pucks. After my initial test read a bit higher than 100 (max scale on my Taylor kit) I did a diluted 1:1 test, and came up with 40-50 which confirms to me it's really 100, and not way higher. I live in drought stricken Southern California, so I'm trying my best to deal with the high cya/CH without having a water change.
Any input is welcomed, and thanks again all. Great site and community!!