We had beadcrete installed in our new 19,100K gallon pool with attached spa on Wednesday, acid washed and water filled as of last night. The installer did a bicarbonate start up, which I've read about in the plaster start up pages. The pump was just turned on this afternoon. Our heater will be turned on on Sunday.
The Pebbletec installer advised to do the following:
-add sequestrant before adjusting pH-
-maintain the pH at 7.2, max 7.4 for 30 days
-no SWG for 30 days
-no pH automation for 30 days
-no calcium adjustments for 7 days
-heat and swim as we wish
I've tested our water using my new TF-100 and the results are as follows:
FC = 0-.5
CYA = 0
CH = 125
I have read Pool School. I have at the ready the following chemicals:
-muriatic acid (5 gallons)
-Liquid chlorine (10.8%) 5.3 gallons
-Stabilizer (solid) 8lb
-"Spa Stain Remover" sequestrant (phosphoric acid, I believe. Is this the right stuff?)
Pool math says I should put in the following:
71 oz liquid chlorine (10.3%) (to bring FC to 3)
77 oz muriatic acid (to bring pH to 7.2)
77 oz stabilizer (solid) (to bring CYA to 30) I figure best to be conservative and target 30 to start?
I'm just looking for a sanity check since this is my first time testing and treating my water.
I would also love to get some feedback on the order to do things. Here is what I think I am supposed to do:
1) add sequestrant (no idea how much - should I go by what it suggests on bottle?)
2) wait an hour and add 77 oz muriatic acid (very carefully in front of return, using chemical-resistant gloves)
3) wait (?? hour) and add 71 oz liquid chlorine and
4) add 77 oz stabilizer in a sock, near return or in skimmer basket
Please confirm that this all correct. Thanks in advance for your advice!