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    When to open pool

    Hello all! I'm looking for some advice on when to set up my new Intex pool. I live in the Midwest and currently (looking at Accuweather's extended forecast) it looks like a lot of rain off and on with the temps not getting into the 90's until late June.
    I have the groundwork almost done but hesitant to actually put up the pool until it's warm enough to actually swim. Is there any good reason to put it up now and maintain it for another couple months if I won't really be able to use it? Never have had a pool before. Thanks!



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    Re: When to open pool

    Quote Originally Posted by rdy2fly View Post
    Hello all! I'm looking for some advice on when to set up my new Intex pool. I live in the Midwest and currently (looking at Accuweather's extended forecast) it looks like a lot of rain off and on with the temps not getting into the 90's until late June.
    I have the groundwork almost done but hesitant to actually put up the pool until it's warm enough to actually swim. Is there any good reason to put it up now and maintain it for another couple months if I won't really be able to use it? Never have had a pool before. Thanks!



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    It's good to get it up and get your water chemistry balanced and ready. That way if you run into any snags you will have time to get them straightened out before swimming weather hits!

    We installed our pool last May and boy did it take way longer than planned.....hopefully your install is seamless. Be sure to post pictures of your progress! Everyone here is so helpful....and they know what they are talking about!
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    Re: When to open pool

    I opened my pool 4 weeks ago
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    Re: When to open pool

    I opened mine the third week of March. I did my seasonal inaugural swim at 55 degrees. The kids and I went for a swim last week when it was 69 degrees.


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    Re: When to open pool

    I just opened mine. I'll maintain it until it warms up enough to swim. That could be May or June.
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    Re: When to open pool

    You should set it up about a week or two before you think that you will use it. This will give you some time in case of any issues. Otherwise you will be wasting a lot of money in bleach and electricity. We were swimming in my pool the same day that I set it up. I must have good tap water because I have always filled it and added chemicals and have never had to slam or shock my pools.

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    Re: When to open pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    I just opened mine. I'll maintain it until it warms up enough to swim. That could be May or June.
    Casey, your a whimp I jumped in last Friday and was cold for two hours after getting out of the pool. Don't wait, just jump in?
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    Re: When to open pool

    I live in chicago and opened mine april 20. It is going to be 80 on Sunday and plan to use. Obviously will need to run the heater for some time as the water temp is 55 degrees currently.
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    Re: When to open pool

    Thank you everyone for your replies. I am excited about my first pool, just didn't want to jump the gun if it was going to be a waste. I don't have a heater, so not sure how much it will get used until it's really hot out. But we'll see!


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    Re: When to open pool

    I got mine from 55 to a high of 72 in 3 days! But alas the weather changed and it's back to 69. Chemistry is close, clarity is good, next time it's over 70 I'm in!

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    Re: When to open pool

    This brings up a question for me - warmth will not be an issue for long here in AZ!!! Although we are supposed to have a little cold spell next week (from mid-90s today down to about 80 for a couple of days next week) - it will heat back up quickly. BUT, is there a thread that tells me what to do before we actually start swimming? Goal is to have the pool up tomorrow afternoon - what chemicals should I be getting to put in right away - my TF-100 wont be here until next week.

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    Re: When to open pool

    Quote Originally Posted by sh9730 View Post
    This brings up a question for me - warmth will not be an issue for long here in AZ!!! Although we are supposed to have a little cold spell next week (from mid-90s today down to about 80 for a couple of days next week) - it will heat back up quickly. BUT, is there a thread that tells me what to do before we actually start swimming? Goal is to have the pool up tomorrow afternoon - what chemicals should I be getting to put in right away - my TF-100 wont be here until next week.
    You will need bleach (household is fine or any liquid chlorine as long as it is at least 8%), some stabilizer, and muriatic acid (MA). Muriatic Acid is used to lower PH - but the first couple of things you will use is the bleach (chlorine) and stabilizer. There is a link somewhere in here called the pool school. You will want to read that and get to understanding the chemistry - but it s SUPER easy! Best of luck of your setup - Nichole
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