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    new pebble sheen plaster start up

    Hi all, We are in middle of new pool build in Keller, Tx and I wanted to ask about start up procedures once the pebble sheen is applied. We also have a SWCG and I believe I heard to not add salt for the first 30 days? I looked in start up but guessing that's for folks who drain and fill every season. Thanks, Eric

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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    Congrats on the new pool.

    Here is the link to the new plaster start up article.
    Pool School - Start-up New Plaster

    Yes, 30 days is the normal waiting period before adding salt. It is most important to follow the instructions from your PB to keep your warranty in tact. It is also very important to keep your PH at 7.8 or lower. Use bleach to maintain your FC level and slowly get your CYA up.

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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    Thanks so much for the links yes I have gone to school but will need refresher course before it is filled. I just ordered my tf-100 test kit and speed stirrer from TFP as im sure the one from my builder will not be good enough. I do have saltwater reef tank so im familiar with testing and relationship with TA/PH etc.

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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    Yeah, I had to read that stuff 30 or 40 times before it all sunk in. But, once you get it figured out is a breeze.
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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    In AZ, all PBs add salt immediately after the first fill.
    Not sure about TX, though. But, it is advisable to start the SWG only after the salt has fully mixed in - wait at least 24+ hours after salt is added to start SWG.
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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    My PB added salt the day after the pool was full, so two days after pebblesheen and turned on the SWG immediately. There are lots of people who add salt right away and lots who wait. I don't know what the reason is for the recommendation to wait 30 days. But, using bleach to maintain chlorine levels the first month is easy enough. And could prevent algae problems if the SWG is slow to get dialed in.
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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    Follow the PB's recommendation. Ours said not to add salt/no heater for 30 days as well. They also said no dogs, vacuums, or cleaners for fear of scratching the plaster in the first month.
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    Re: new pebble sheen plaster start up

    it is worth waiting 30 days before adding the salt, and most builders recommend that.

    It is because "salt water" is somewhat corrosive to new plaster pools. It is the cement that is affect by salt, and all plaster pools, quartz and pebble contains cement.

    See the following thread: When Should Salt be Added?

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