First off let me say what a wonderful site this is full of incredible information! Thank you to everyone who gives their time and knowledge to help!
I found the poolforum site several weeks ago and have been reading and reading and reading. The more I read, the more I learned, the more it all came together. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered I couldn’t join in the discussion. But then I found a post sending me over here. And I started reading again.
I think I have a pretty good grasp on the concepts, and understand a lot of what has happened with my pool over the last 13 years and why. Not a surprise I’m sure, but I have fought that thing since we bought the house. And I do mean literally fight- the more I punched, the more it punched back!
Since finding y’all I've pulled the tri-chlor from the pool and switched over to bleach, completed a partial drain to lower my CYA from over 100, lowered my TA from 120 via muratic acid/ aeration, and added salt and borates.
I had one of the Walmart, 5 way, $15 test kits so I went to Leslie’s and bought their last FAS-DPD kit- the single one that only tests chlorine.
And since I know you like to know what’s going on, here are my current stats:
CH 180 (pool store number)
Salt 1600 (no swg)
Borates 55 (pool store number)
I am having trouble reading the pH and I thought I read that you could add a few extra drops of phenol red to help the color intensity w/out changing the actual color/ affecting the test results. Is this correct?
I am about to replace some of the reagents from my HTH kit. I read somewhere that HTH uses repackaged Taylor reagents, but do not see any reference to the Taylor numbers. Having owned different kits over the years I know different ones use different methods (quantity of pool water, use of a chlorine neutralizer, alk from blue to clear, etc) and I’d like to keep everything the same as I’m using now. Can anyone tell me what the comparable Taylor numbers are?
Thanks in advance!