I'll be the first to admit that it's taken me too long to buy a proper test kit, and the first to admit that i should have bought a good kit to start with. Now that i have that out of the way, let's figure out if I'm doing this right please. I bought a Poolmaster Premier Deluxe 5 way test kit from my local warehouse pools. I followed the directions word for word to arrive at these measurements. If these seem wrong or redundant please let me know.
Free Chlorine 2ppm
Combined Chlorine 2ppm
Total Alkalinity 130ppm
The acid demand test required 2 drops(i've already forgotten what that even means!)
I believe my phosphate level was around 300ppm and the cyanuric acid was 50ppm when i had the water tested during my lunch break. I have (what I believe) are mustard algae spots on the pool walls(hence the reason for the phosphate test). My TDS were high (but I don't remember the exact number) and my calcium levels were high(again, don't remember what the readings were b/c i left my paper at work.)
They guy who tested my water suggested I drain the pool and start over but that seems a bit overkill in my uneducated opinion. I believe his reasoning was to lower the TDS in the pool. Also, I don't put much faith in the guys/gals at the store i visited and I'm going to take another sample to Miller Pools in Pasadena(highly recommended by a few fellow pool owners) for another test tomorrow to confirm the results. While there, I was going to inquire about Poolife Endure for my pool(but that will be added after I get my chemistry figured out). Am i in the ballpark here? I believe(based on the acid demand chart inside my test kit) that I need to add 1 gallon of acid to my pool to lower PH. I apologize in advance if this topic has been driven into the ground, flame away if you must, I assure you i can take it!!!! Oh yeah, thanks in advance for any help or information you can share, it's greatly appreciated!!!!