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    Opened pool yesterday

    Well I finally pulled the cover yesterday and saw beautiful clear water. Maybe 10 leaves and lots of bugs in the bottom, but I was happy with it. I only checked Chlorine and PH levels yesterday and will do the rest today. CL was 0 and I did the pool math to bring it up to 5. PH was 7.5 so I left it alone.
    I was only open for about 2 months last year after the build, and never did CYA where it needed to be. I will check that today as well. I know the liquid stabilizer is more expensive, but I plan on using that to start this year. Does the liquid kind register immediately or is like the powder kind and take a week to see on the test???
    Another question is, when I put my "eyeballs" in, do you recommend using plumbers tape on those when installing?

    Thanks in advance!!!
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Liquid stabilizer will begin to show within a few hours. It should be fully registered by the next day. The only downfall is the price. As for the eyeballs, I don't recall sealing those, but I have to defer that to someone else who may have replaced theirs already.

    Something else to watch though since you had no CYA .... watch for an immediate drop in FC when you add the bleach. If your FC doesn't hold and seems to almost vanish right away, let us know. We may need to take additional action to assist. Have a nice day.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Thanks Texas!!
    Here is a complete set of numbers this morning. All I have done is fill the pool back up to normal level, and added Chlorine as stated above with poolmath. I have no pump running yet, SWG is not running either. This is just uncovered yesterday and Chlorine added. I will turn on pump later this afternoon, after I prepared everything else.

    FC: 5
    CC: .5
    PH: 7.5
    CH: 150
    TA: 60
    CYA: 40-50 (no sunshine today)
    Water Temp: 56

    Thoughts please????
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Gotcha. Those actually aren't too bad after just opening. CC is at the top-end, but that's expected after just opening. So once you crank-up the pump and let things start to mix, just keep a close eye on the FC for the first day or so. Every once in a while, some owners have issues with FC being consumed very quickly after winter. If that happens to you, let us know. If not, just continue to follow the standard recommended levels. As usual, if you ever suspect something is odd with the water, you can do an overnight (OCLT) test. Other than that, nice work on your pool opening, now get ready to have a great swimming season.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    I figured my CYA number would be lower, so I am kinda happy about that. I will now opt for the powder type stabilizer to slowly bring it up to about 60.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    That will work! Looks like we're approaching warmer weather quicker than normal. Of course with the higher CYA, just make sure you maintain the corresponding FC and you'll be all set.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by kywildcats View Post
    Another question is, when I put my "eyeballs" in, do you recommend using plumbers tape on those when installing?
    There's really no need to use plumbers tape on the eyeballs (return jets). They should seal pretty well - and if a little water does get through, no biggie.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Thanks Mike!
    This is my first pool opening, so here are some more questions. Do I just pull all the plugs out of the returns and GIZMO out of skimmer let them fill up with water then re-insert return jets? Do I just open the all the valves after putting plug in pump, and putting gauge and cap back on filter? I know I have to prime the pump before starting. Anything else???
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Many pool owners have their own quirks about opening each year, but you're basically right on track. Here's a really good breakdown of everything to do: Pool School - Opening Your Winterized Above Ground Pool. Hope that helps.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Thank you, I have read that before and it helped a lot. Are the return jets just hand tightened in the pipe??
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Yes, just snug them up. Don't get too carried-away and break anything.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    You can make liquid cya from the granule cya...I just did this last weekend.

    Fill a sock with granules, let it sit in lukewarm water about 2 hours. This will make it gel like and very squeezable.

    Fill a small 1 gallon bucket with hot water (hot as possible without burning you of course)

    put the sock in there and squeeze and squeeze til it's dissolved (took me about ten minutes)

    Then slow poor over a return jet....

    one caveat: have your pool vacuum ready to vacuum any white bits that could accumulate on the bottom, I had a few here
    and there, not much.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    This what I opened up to yesterday. Couldn't be happier about it. Pump and filter going now, walls brushed. Will vacuum tomorrow. Water temp to low for SWG, so I will manually chlorinate for a few day. Thanks for the help guys!!!



    http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/q...pshadtvuoi.jpg
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    That is VERY nice! Now in the future (for your pics), when you open a pic on Photobucket, look to the right side where you see the different "codes". Put your curser over the IMG and click once. It should say "copied". Then paste that IMG code back here to your thread and it should show the picture.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/q...pshadtvuoi.jpg


    Whoops...I will keep playing with it. Thank you!
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    That is VERY nice! Now in the future (for your pics), when you open a pic on Photobucket, look to the right side where you see the different "codes". Put your curser over the IMG and click once. It should say "copied". Then paste that IMG code back here to your thread and it should show the picture.
    I saw where it said copied. but do I have to use one of the buttons on top of this page to make it work?
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Nope, just "right-mouse" click and paste.
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by kywildcats View Post
    I saw where it said copied. but do I have to use one of the buttons on top of this page to make it work?
    on the share photo links click on the "IMG" line and paste it in this webpage/reply like this

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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    Alright, thank you!
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    Re: Opened pool yesterday

    After all these tutorials on PB, we're expecting a ton of pics.
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