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Thread: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

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    New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    We are just in the process of setting up our 27ft round steel-wall above-ground this week. The ground is finally level, and we're renting the plate compactor tonight. We'd love to get it all set up this week, HOWEVER....we are going camping for 4 days this weekend. We're not really comfortable filling the pool entirely, and then having the heater/pump/filter running while we are away and unable to fix a problem that might arise. I understand the pool requires some level of water to help support the walls....so, I'm wondering whether I can half-fill the pool before we leave, and that way when we get back, we just need to fill the rest of the pool and hook up the filter etc.....

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Yes that would hold the walls....but then without care it can go green, then you have to deal with that.
    I wonder if there is a chemical mux one can put in to keep it from blooming.....like some CYA and chlorine maybe?
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    We'd be filling with fresh well water, so no chlorine or treatment at all....I imagine it would get slimy pretty quick if just left to its own devices!! I imagine adding some 'extra' chemicals or something of the like at the beginning, and then when we refill the second half 4 days later it would help to balance out a bit. I'll do a little Pool School reading and see if we can come up with something!

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    I say fill it up all of the way.

    -add enough CYA to get to 10ppm BELOW your target level. You are going to have to hand squeeze it all in unless you pay for the liquid CYA. I had squeezed all of mine in over a couple of hours. I wanted it IN!

    -Get a puck holder and put 2 pucks in it in your pool and let them float around and add their chlorine and CYA at the same time.

    I think you should be good with this method for your trip.

    Oh and I would use bleach or chlorine (whatever you will be using on a day to day basis) to push your FC up to SLAM level right before you leave. Make SURE to get is mixed in good!

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    I second the CYA below target, and a floater with a couple of Chlorine Pucks. I also second enough bleach to get it to target shock level for that CYA that will be there. Mix well and enjoy your trip. When you get back, it will be short work until you are swimming.
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Will a floater work at all with no circulation?
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Thanks for the tips so far!! We are hesitant to fill allll the way, just in case something catastrophic happens while we are gone. Half the water, half the damage??

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Steph, It is up to you. I am just telling you what I would do.

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Worst case, the yard is sloped off away from our house...so there's that
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Is there any reason for you not to fill it all the way?
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    There is that! LOL

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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    My installer had me fill the pool 1/2 way and then he came back the next day and cut the skimmer and return. Then, he left me to fill it the rest of the way. Not four days but filling half way was enough to prevent trouble. I would mix some bleach in a 5 gallon bucket of water and broadcast it around the pool water. Go camping.
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    Re: New build, can I partially fill for a few days?

    Morzh- the only real reason would be that it would be a new setup, and we'd not be here to see if anything catastrophic happened. I'd hate to come home to a collapsed pool and flooded yard!! But, what am I really going to do about it if I am here...stand outside with a bucket?! We are stalled anyway right now, as there are thunderstorms in the forecast and it is raining. Grr!

    Thanks for all of the chem advice! My hubby is going to Pool School today!
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