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    Intex 12x24 pool up. Added water from delivery svc yesterday. Have not hooked up sand filter and swg yet. Have been reading chemistry 101/pool school etc. Threw out shock treatment water guy left me after reading here. Ordering tf100. Picking up sand today, assume pool sand is pool sand. Question is what should I do in the mean time, cool and rainy yesterday at delivery, sunny this am. Should I do any treatment, bleach? Should I put cover on until I'm more prepared to avoid the sun?

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    Re: New pool

    Hello and welcome to TFP! While waiting on your TF-100, add stabilizer to increase CYA to 30.
    To increase CYA via granular stabilizer, place the required amount as calculated by the Poolmath calculator into a white sock and place in the poolside skimmer basket. For those concerned about suction flow to the pump, suspending the sock near a return jet or from a floating device will also suffice. Best never to allow undissolved granules to rest directly against the pool surface. Squeeze the sock periodically to help it dissipate. Once dissolved, consider your CYA adjusted to that programmed (target) level. CYA test readings should show a rise in 24-48 hours, however some pools may experience a longer delay to fully register. Best to confirm final CYA in about 5-7 days before adding any more stabilizer/conditioner.
    Add enough regular bleach to increase FC to about 3 ppm on day 1, then increase to about 4-5 ppm thereafter. Use the Poolmath calculator for dosage amounts. PH will be maintained between 7.5-7.8. Ensure pump mixes chemicals well for about 30 minutes or so.

    The cover is a good idea until the kit arrives to retain FC. Once you receive your TF-100, post a full set of results and we can get more specific. Nice to have you with us.
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    Re: New pool

    Get some bleach in there, a quart will be enough. Get some CYA from Wal-Mart/Lowes/Home Depot, sometimes labeled as "Stabilizer". Use pool math to determine how much you hang in a sock to get to 30. Add a quart of bleach a day until your test kit arrives.

    e: or what Pat said.
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    Re: New pool

    Thanks in advance for help!
    Pool math won't adjust for cya of 30? Stays at 0.
    Ok so test won't arrive until the 8th. Will pick up bleach stabilizer from Lowes/Walmart. Sand media brand matter? Since will be running swg, do I need salt yet.
    Will throw cover on in the meantime.
    Cleaning accessories?
    Intex offers a cleaning package 30-40$

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    Re: New pool

    Scratch that on pool math see now versus goal column. So add 52 oz of 6% bleach and 34 oz by weight of stabilizer.
    Curious, pool has 2 suctions and an output back to pool. No surface skimmer. Is that needed or a luxury for later. Where should sock go?

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    Re: New pool

    If you can hang it in front of a return that is the preferred method. You can "help" it along by squeezing.
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    Re: New pool

    Will do thx

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    Re: New pool

    Okay, tf100 finally here
    FC 9ppm
    cya approx 25 pushing to 20
    ta 30
    ph 7.2 or a bit higher

    since we last spoke pool is crystal clear. Added the 34 oz of stabilizer, 64 oz of 8.25% bleach, and 200#s of salt. Swg is now running 6 hrs and pump running 8 hrs for past few days. Average temp is 75 ish and we have some cloudy intermittent rain in the forecast for next few days.

    Pool math says to add
    59oz of baking soda
    50oz of stabilizer

    thats with a goal of FC 4, cya 70 (swg), TA 60

    now I have a goal of 7.5 ph. Says to add soda ash but I have read that adjusting my TA will raise ph. I assume I should avoid the ash until TA etc balance out. Yes?

    thx

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    Re: New pool

    Nice! Looks like you're off & running with that test kit and Poolmath. Perfect. Yes, I would hold-off on the soda ash as I would expect your pH to rise soon enough on its own.
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    Re: New pool

    Awesome. Quick question as the kids have been patiently waiting to jump in, what's safe levels for them to swim. Should I hold off until I reach my goals.

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    Re: New pool

    As long as that FC doesn't get any higher (because your CYA is still low until you add more), go for it!
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    Re: New pool

    Perfect. Thx Pat!

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    Re: New pool

    Thx!!

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    Re: New pool

    Pat,

    Excited as cya is at 80 and TA is also at 80. Perfect according to pool math. Now FC is at 10. pH still at 7.2. I am running filter 12 hours and the swg for 6 hours. Should I back off hours on the swg for a bit until FC comes down, maybe even shut it off for a few days?

    Kids having a blast despite cool weather.

    Thx!!

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    Re: New pool

    You certainly can. Check your SWG directions, but you probably have the option of lowering the output percentage or reducing pump run time. Just takes a little trial and error to get it where you need it. Have a good day.
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    Re: New pool

    Figured as much. Wanted make sure I wasn't missing anything. I lowered it to 3. I'll do as you recommend. Thanks so much for all your assistance.

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