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    From plaster to swim... how long?

    Hey there! My pool build is nearing completion, pavers are going in now. They are doing plaster (WetEdge, Bermuda Luna Quartz) after cleanup and sod - which I hope will happen by Friday, 8/28.

    My question is this: once the plaster/water is in, I know there is a week of low PH and start-up activity; but will the plaster be fine right after that? Assuming this all happens to plan, and we get the chemicals balanced - I plan to waste no time and throw a pool party - hopefully on Labor Day! Unless this is a terrible idea.

    Thanks for your input.
    About to build an in-ground free-from gunite pool in the back yard (no spa). Currently estimated at 19,000 gallons. Likely going with a SWG.

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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    Wasn't this exact question asked within the last week?

    Ignoring the chemistry, the plaster should be fine by the time it is filled.
    But, depending on how they start it up (ideally but rarely a bi-carb start-up) ... usually acid start up, you may need to wait for the pH to be reasonable.
    Plus you want to be sure the plaster dust is filtered out.
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Wasn't this exact question asked within the last week?
    Whoops -- my apologies, I did look, but just browsed... I should have done a search

    My understanding is exactly what you said -- basically after the week of 'start-up', as soon as the chemistry is good, it's on like Donkey Kong!

    Thanks!
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    No worries.

    Really you need to follow the directions from the builder for warranty purposes ... Although they may not match our recommendations.
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    true... good tip, thanks again!
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    We were in the pool before it was full and had a big ol pool party the following weekend.
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    My PB told me that once the water hits the tile line to jump in, unless I was scared of my own bathwater They started the pumps the next day, did chems a couple days later. We swam the entire time.
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    thanks for the replies all!

    I will follow guidance from my PB, but I wanted to know the "real expert's" thoughts!
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    Check our build pics. Our PB said it was ok to be in as it was filling. Have plenty of pics of or kids standing under the water truck hose!
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    Re: From plaster to swim... how long?

    sweet -- thanks!
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