Waiting on my TF-100 to arrive in the meantime, I've been using the Pentair and the Anthony Sylvan store testing as another data point. Here are my results; I bolded the question I would most like anyone's/ everyones input on.
FC: .50 ppm (I'll add a little less than 1/2 of a 182 oz bottle of bleach this evening)
TC: .52 ppm
CH: 170 ppm
TA: 80 ppm
CYA: 25 ppm
Copper: 0 ppm
Iron: 0 ppm
[My Pentair test kit backs up these results for PH and TA anyway. I show slightly higher FC, TC values.]
Been swinging up and down on the FC # a fair bit over the past few days -makes sense to me as my CYA is low, plus it's been hot and sunny. I know I need to up my CYA but I'm about to go salt so I figure these are my last frontiers and doing either incorrectly, means exchanging water so I thought I'd save the most 'dangerous' for last.
I know my CH is a bit low, but it's a new pool, and they'll be coming back out to re-polish the Hydrazzo so I'm not going to monkey with that # just now.
I'm thinking I'm nearly ready to add salt to the pool (been waiting for the requisite 30 days from plater before adding salt). So from what I can tell, I'll need to bring up my CYA to about 80 ppm (please confirm that 80 ppm is a good target just before salting the water and turning the system on).
Assuming this is correct, the pool calculator says I need to add 184 fluid oz. to go from 25 - 80 ppm -sure sounds like a lot, is this correct? Again. an oz. of prevention... If so, should I/ can I buy liquid Cyanuric Acid from like, the hardware store? Is this the same as muriatic acid or am I confused on this? What is the non pool store 'raw' form of "stabilizer" under the covers? And where should I be able to purchase (presumably) 184 fluid oz. Or is this one of the few things I must get from the pool store? -I'm sure I read this somewhere but I just looked and can't find the answer... I DID read where it takes +/- a week to dissolve so I'll not ask THAT obvious question at least... I also read where upping CYA will lower PH is it recommended to add Borax at the same time and if so how much/ when?
For my assault strategy, I'm thinking I'll tackle CYA then add "643 lbs" of salt once CYA is at about 80 -sound right?
Loads of questions I know, just trying to do this right. Once again, thanks for this great resource and your most valuable input.