Alright, inspection passed this morning so we are ready for plaster tomorrow. My wife and I elected to do Quartzscapes in French Gray because we thought it was much smoother than the mini pebble Stonescapes.
The TF100 arrives today as well as a PH meter. Now the big question is to bicarb or not.
A few questions after reading the "Bicarb startup"
- TF 100 does not have and Acid Demand test. Still OK?
- How important is the waiting for 6 hours to fill? Super important?
- It's supposed to be HOT tomorrow (~80 degrees) in San Diego am I still ok?
- How often am I supposed to be checking the levels during the fill?
- After fill the chemicals needed are: Acid to bring the PH down, Calcium Chloride, CYA, Dichlor tablets using the PoolMath calculator. All of these get added at once to bring it to target maintenance and then keep watching it every day and adjusting, correct? Should I just have a pool maint guy take over at this point?
- Won't adding acid to bring it down to 7.7/7.9 cause the Alkalinity to drop too fast? I know it's supposed to be a moderate drop over time.
My plan would be to use a 50 gallon trash can from Home Depot and outfit it with the appropriate stubs for the hoses with JB Water weld (this was also mentioned in another post). Going to have to find a source for the bicarb (Walmart is my best guess since Home Depot doesn't seem to carry it).
Overall, I'm mainly concerned with not screwing anything up since my significant other will not be too happy if something goes wrong...
Finally, how long before we can swim. Yes, I know it's recommended to not get in it too early but my wife really wants to be in before the 4th and hopefully sooner. Doesn't bicarb let you get in quicker?
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