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    Where to go next ... high CYA, CH, TA ...

    Yes. A significant drain and refill is in your future. A good reason to wait though is to take advantage of "free water" falling from the sky in the next few months (which if you drain out old pool water to maintain the water level and/or allow it to mix properly and not overflow from the top...
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    Where do you source chems, specifically LC?

    Nothing to add to the thread but to say hi to @ccbill - Atascadero! Great small town, we have friends down there! :)
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    Borate test strips

    My strips went bad after just a couple months once open. Disappointing I know. Rebecca at TFTestkits sorted me out with credit to buy replacements.
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    Borate testing

    My strips went bad after just a couple months once open. Disappointing I know. Rebecca at TFTestkits sorted me out with credit to buy replacements.
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    TF-100 purchase

    Testing doesn't happen in a closed bottle, it happens in an open test tube. Swirling while dropping is absolutely possible but if you're in TFP you're going to save enough on everything else that many people here treat themselves to the speedstir. It's available on Amazon cheaper. To your...
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    Can I add any sort of "protective layer" on top of my pool's pebble finish?

    Tell us more about these "chemicals"... The water in the oceans is 3.8 billion years old! See above :) No such thing. Oh no! Please, before you go draining your pool unnecessarily, do as the above suggestions say and get a real test kit and then come back with your results. Your water is...
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    Rain filling pool - questions about handling this

    A properly configured SWG, with proper other pool chemistry will have no problem 'keeping up with rain'. Side note, leased pool equipment sounds like a nightmare. You aren't sharing your test results. Don't suppose you'd like to share your latest numbers from your own test kit?
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    Calcium and Stucco Dust

    Being that you're in AZ and are not using softened water, you should expect CH to rise naturally during the summer as the water evaporates off, and is replaced with water with more calcium in it (the calcium accumulates, does not evaporate with the old water). So to me the puzzle is that it...
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    Calcium and Stucco Dust

    Even in a pool your size though, it would take 7lb of calcium chloride to raise your CH by 100. You said "some" dust and you skimmed it off. You also say that your CH levels were dropping... How would that be happening? CH does not evaporate off. I think it's more likely to be testing...
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    Robotic cleaners

    Pentair Warrior SE. Add a smart plug to schedule cycles and jobs done. End of thread :) Oh, and buy from Marina Pool & Spa. Free shipping, no tax, best prices out there.
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    Jandy Aquapure / Nature2 Error 120 - check my troubleshooting

    Visual inspection is good. When we moved here in July 2020 the cell looked like the picture (ha! I just realized in looking for a pic to compare that that picture is literally one of my cell from a previous thread!), but since cleaning it (5:1 MA) it has remained completely clear - funny how...
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    Jandy Aquapure / Nature2 Error 120 - check my troubleshooting

    Amazing - thank you for knowing your way around their site so well!! Can't decide which of these is most appropriate? or Either way, thanks!
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    Jandy Aquapure / Nature2 Error 120 - check my troubleshooting

    Yup read through that thread - lots of good advice in there and lots of weird issues that I recognize (even the 'Aquapure disappearing from the PDA but comes back if you power cycle pump' issue). Results of current tests are posted in my OP. It's seemingly intermittent so hard to chase right...