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    About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    We had a fiberglass pool installed last October, and the solid pool cover went on shortly afterward, so we haven't had the opportunity to use it yet.

    Dimensions are 17'x35' and height is 3' - 9'6"

    I want to save $200-$300 and open my pool myself as well as maintain it. A buddy has convinced me to use the BBB method, and I must say I am a little intimidated to get started.

    I plan on removing the cover within in the next couple of weeks. Here is what I'm told I will need:

    1) Taylor K-2006 kit
    2) Baking Soda
    3) Borax
    4) Bleach
    5) Muriatic Acid
    6) CYA

    It was recommended that I use the Pool pal app to run calculations and track my pool.

    So am I correct in assuming that these are my first steps?

    1) Remove cover
    2) Add water to get it to the desired level
    3) Use the kit to measure levels
    4) Plug in values in pool calculator
    5) Add ingredients as suggested by app

    Is it that easy? Any advice to get me through this intimidating "first opening" experience would be much appreciated. My wife has already scheduled a pool party for the first of June, so I've gotta knock this out of the park...

    Adam

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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Are there any warranty implications regarding opening? Lots of times we see that the pool has to be opened/closed by the installer to maintain the warranty?

    Otherwise your process looks spot on. Once the cover is off you will have to see if it was winterized? If so any plugs will he to be removed/installed. Do you know if it was winterized? Then start circulating water provided the water is half way up the skimmer or you can isolate suction to the main drain. Let it pump for an hour or so then start testing.

    Use PoolMath to calculate your pool's water volume. You will use this volume in PoolMath (or PoolPal app, I haven't used that before) for chemical additions. June is soon for a first time, you have time but I would be expedient while taking it slow

    And lastly, thank you buddy now. You are way ahead of the curve!
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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Check out more of the articles in Pool School. Here is one on opening your pool: Pool School - Opening Your Winterized Above Ground Pool

    You're on the right track. Just be sure to circulate the pool at least an hour before performing tests. Brush the whole pool while you're waiting.

    Opening is fairly easy as long as you understand your equipment, such as your pump operation and filter operation and any associated valves.
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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Thanks for the feedback! I will check the above article.

    The pool was indeed winterized. The guy who installed the cover winterized the pool as part of his services. I noticed he left all the plugs, etc. in the skimmer on the pump.

    I don't think there are any warranty implications regarding opening, but I will check my paperwork and call the installer to verify.

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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Opening is pretty simple and risk free. Worst case you start the pump with out a plug in and water sprays. Just be sure there's an open path for water from skimmer to the pump then back to the pool. Good luck.
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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Should I run the pump while I'm adding water?

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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    If you can isolate suction to the main drain, yes. It will help speed mixing and then let you test.
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    Re: About to open my pool for the first time, want to use the BBB method...

    Quote Originally Posted by arbryant1 View Post
    We had a fiberglass pool installed last October, and the solid pool cover went on shortly afterward, so we haven't had the opportunity to use it yet.

    Dimensions are 17'x35' and height is 3' - 9'6"

    I want to save $200-$300 and open my pool myself as well as maintain it. A buddy has convinced me to use the BBB method, and I must say I am a little intimidated to get started.

    I plan on removing the cover within in the next couple of weeks. Here is what I'm told I will need:


    2) Baking Soda
    3) Borax

    5) Muriatic Acid
    6) CYA
    Don't buy these (except for test kit and bleach) before you know you need them. Many of us never need any borax at all.
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