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    Plaster Pool Drain & Refill - How long can I keep it empty?

    Hello Everyone -

    Due to problems with the chemical (CYA) balance in our (very) green pool, we decided on a drain and refill. We are completely draining it. We live in Phoenix and three difference pool companies told us that there were no worries about the pool "popping" out of the ground since the water table here is so low.

    During this process I have decided to move to a salt water system from Josh at Salt Pool Guys (AutoPilot). It is going to take a few weeks to get everything and get it installed and I didn't really want to fill the pool and do all the water balancing act with a new fill, and then try and convert to a SWG system.

    The pool company (that allowed the pool to go green in the first place) did not seem to think there would be a problem leaving it completely empty for a few week while we redid the pump/filter/SWG system.

    So I guess the question I have is would it hurt the pool to be empty for two or three weeks? Or should I just fill it and try and get the chemical levels set ok and then convert to SWG, and if I do so, would I have to drain it again to convert from bleach to SWG?

    Many Thanks!
    33,000 Gallon, IG Plaster
    Taylor 2006 Test Kit
    Pentair Triton II TR100 Sand Filter
    Pentair IntelliFlo Pump
    AutoPilot SWG & Chemical Controller

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    Re: Plaster Pool Drain & Refill - How long can I keep it empty?

    Go ahead and fill the pool and balance it.


    It is MUCH safer to go ahead and fill. The water will protect the plaster from damage from the sun.

    There is really nothing to "converting" to a SWG. I will post a couple of links to show you.

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

    This one writes out the whys for the levels for a SWG

    Pool School - Water Balance for SWGs

    As you can see the only real difference is the CYA level.

    Do you have your own test kit yet?

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Plaster Pool Drain & Refill - How long can I keep it empty?

    Hi Kim -

    Thank You. Yes I have the Taylor 2006 test kit that was recommended here on TFP.
    33,000 Gallon, IG Plaster
    Taylor 2006 Test Kit
    Pentair Triton II TR100 Sand Filter
    Pentair IntelliFlo Pump
    AutoPilot SWG & Chemical Controller

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    Re: Plaster Pool Drain & Refill - How long can I keep it empty?

    Well then you are set to go! You will REALLY love your pool now!

    Kim
    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

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