Hi, all. I posted why and how I got here under 'Just getting started' so I won't go into that again. First test with TF100 today.
A little history of this year's trials and tribulations. Open pool early June-looked good-topped it off and everything hooked up. Took sample into local pool store-walked out with three pages of instructions and $125 worth of chemicals. Keeping up with sweeping, brushing and backwashing. About three weeks later-GREEN. Took sample to a different (national, I think) pool store. Much happier with them. Walked out with National Chemisty 'Phosfloc,' four gals MaintainProPool 'Liquid Shock,' Litehouse 'slow dissoving chlorine sticks' and paper style test strips. (I should add here that they did not 'push' any chemical on me except for the Phosfloc and two gallons shock recommendation. The other stuff was all my decision.) Added two gals shock and two lbs floc. It took three or four days vacuming to waste but got it all. Pool was slightly cloudy but good looking. About ten days ago, daily test showed no chlorine so I added a gallon of liquid shock. A week ago added three oz. BioGuard 'Polysheen Blue.' Two days later, this is the most crystal clear it's ever been. Sometime since opening I did add BioGuard algae treater but I don't remember when. Been keeping up with brushing and vacuming.
Test results taken today around noon
Daily test kit - total chlorine showed 5 (bright yellow) - pH showed 7.2
TF100 - FC 2.5 - CC 1.5 - TC 4 - T/A 70 - CH 180 - CYA 20 - pool temp 85
I'm sure some of this is subjective. Ex. for CH the sample turned pale blue at 18 drops. I added two more drops and a bit bluer. Similar on other tests.
So, I guess my question is, What do the experts here think of what I've done up to today and what do you think of the results of today's test? I'm still working my way through pool school. Sometimes I have to read things three or four times to get it to sink in. I do have a question about my filter but it can wait.
Thanks in advance,
p.s. I forgot about going to the Pool Calculator-just did-don't fully understand-Back to that topic in Pool School