So, I found this forum while researching algae and staining problems a few weeks ago. I have learned much! Add me to the "pool-stored" list! (I hate going there, anyway) Bought tf-100 last week and tested yesterday.
CH of tap for refill 120
I have purchased washing soda for pH and TA and CYA (by sock) to add per the pool calculator. Will be going to bleach as recommended. Correct?
Upon shopping for calcuim chloride, looking for deicer (as Schooled), found it's generally out of season. So, went to pool store and told as soon as I brought the overpriced packages to counter, that "you don't need that for that pool" because we have hard water (this gentleman sold the pool package to my parents). Told him the level was only 180 and I had read that I needed to get it up (recommended min. level 220 here?). "Well, I'll sell you anything, but once it's in you can't get it out..." he says nothing more. Anyway, I think I understand that increased calcuim will help prevent corrosion. I'm trying not to let this guy get to me, but he has me mildly concerned about adding the calcium. The refill source can't increase the Ca enough, can it? This is only the second season for this pool. Troubles popped up this year. I've skimmed a bit for answers before posting.
Thank you for all of the wonderful info here!