After reading the forums for a while, I've finally decided to switch over to the BBB method but have a few questions that might have been answered somewhere that I missed.
Is there a difference in bleach brands? Clorox vs Target or Wal-Mart brands? Ones I was looking at all said 6 percent, so I assume it makes no difference. What about jugs that say regular Clorox and others that say commercial. Both are 6 or 6.12 percent Sodium Hypochlorite.
I have some chlorine tabs left and an automatic chlorinator. Anything wrong with continuing to use them up while I start using bleach? What about later -- any benefit or reason to continue using tabs at all?
I opened the pool a few days ago to find a nice green swamp. No matter how much I shocked it, the free chlorine level barely budged. It's a 35,000 gal in-ground vinyl liner pool.
Here's the test numbers from a local pool store:
Free chlorine: 1.0
Total alkalinity: 90
Calcium hardness: 160
I added the last 2 bags of shock that I had yesterday after getting those numbers.
This morning I added a 1.42 gal jug of Clorox and another 1.5 quarts as well.
And that brings me to testing...right now all I have are the strips. The local Leslies only has the basic kits in-stock. Target didn't have anything. And another local store - Hustons - only sold the strips and the salesperson actually claimed "everybody uses the strips."
So, should I buy a basic kit for now until an advanced one comes by mail or save the money and uses the strips I have and store analysis until the suggested advanced models arrive?