Got some questions regarding chemistry for seasonal/temporary pools. I've read the beginners guide for seasonal/temporary pools in pool school, but this covers the basics. I'd like to do the full BBB chemistry for a regular pool on my smaller pool. Overkill, probably yes, but I'll be upgrading probably next year so why not get in to the swing of things now.
I read the long thread regarding this and the debate that went on regarding a few key items. The final recommendations also seemed geared towards the convenience factor, and that most folks wouldn't want to get a full test kit, do all the work that's really necessary - "just throw a puck in and away you go type mentality"..... [BTW, I'd like to emphasize I see nothing wrong with that, not trying to ruffle anyone's feathers, that's just not for me, I want to go the whole 9 yards.]
Here's my thoughts, proposal, and questions. First, I'll be getting a TF-100 so I can be on top of things. For CYA, I'm going to go with a liquid version so it's 'instantaneous' and don't have to wait for it to dissolve. For chlorine, I'll be using bleach, so I don't have to worry about all the other forms of chlorine that can affect ph / raise the CYA.
Now the questions. First, regarding the recommendation of algaecide. Seems this was only recommended to make it convenient for the person to maintain chemicals. I don't see where the folks with full size pools are recommended to use this, or do use it on a regular basis.....correct?!?! Is algaecide something that can't hurt, or does it affect chemical levels, or is it really not needed if you are doing the full BBB chemistry. What say you experts and owners of full size pools. I also seem to remember something about this stuff being expensive too.
I also want to add borates & salt for the feel good properties as well as the benefits of borates. I don't have a SWG, but seem to remember reading somewhere that adding salt is just another thing that makes the water feel good, or was I imagining this.?!?! Or can you just do borates and accomplish the same thing.
Now with that all being said, what would the order be to add chemistry to get it all up and running. I know that adding different chemicals in turn affects other levels and wondered if there is a master order of doing everything. I'm guessing that I would test the fill water with my TF-100 to determine the base pH, TA, and CH and then determine the plan. But what's the order???? I know I'll be adding CYA (liquid, which won't affect the other levels), Salt [if needed] (and doesn't affect other levels I don't think), and Borates (which will affect TA and ph). But do I balance the ph, TA, and CH from the initial fill water and then start adding? And is there an easy method to balancing those three??? I'm guessing that I need to know those levels first for someone to say in which order to fix and then start adding chemicals (as for example if pH is low and TA is high I need to aerate if I understand everything or if ph and TA are high it would be different steps, as well as factoring in the CH).
So thanks for reading, looking forward to the expert's answers and sorry for the long winded post that rambled at times.