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    Hi, we just had blue surf put in today. I was wondering if you have any current pictures of your pool. Can we expect blotchy spots? I know my husband would not be a happy camper if he sees that. Also a question, when you installed it, did you need to sweep it daily and if so, for how long. Acid wash is tomorrow and I will try to ask the guys doing it but here in Southern California English is the second language so it makes it a bit difficult to communicate...

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Here is our link to starting up new plaster. You do need to make sure to run it by your PB as he is the one that holds the warranty card.

    Pool School - Start-up New Plaster

    I am also giving you a set of links I share with new pool owners. I hope you find the helpful.

    Print these out:
    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

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    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have no matter how small! We have all been where you are at one point.

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Welcome to TFP! Good to have you here

    Give us a chance to help you understand water management so the pool builders / pool services / pool stores don't snare you in their money pit traps!

    Before adding any Pool $tore Potion$, be sure to ask around here. We've seen some irreversible things done to unsuspecting new owners, and we can help you avoid those!

    Can't wait to see pictures of that shiny new pool with TFP sparkle!

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    I have blue surf and yes I brushed it at least once a day. How long it takes depends on the size of your pool. It really helps get rid of the plaster dust. They should give you written instructions on all of that.

    I also have a tiny bit of mottling near the Main drain, but it doesn't really bother me. With the the pump running, it really is kind of hard to see. But, if you get any you can always have them come back and they can do an acid wash in that area without draining the pool.
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Thank you all for your response. I will post pictures, just need to download them into my computer. I just didn't know if you treated PebbleSheen the same as you would a plaster only pool. Marla, thank you for responding. How long did you brush your pool on a daily basis? My pool is pretty long but only 5' deep in middle and 3' deep on both sides. When I asked my contractor (not the PB) he said, no you don't need to brush it. I will call the PB directly today and ask them....

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Brush it everyday for a week. Then once a week.

    Don't do anything to void your warranty, but do your best to follow all the instructions in kimkats first link in post #2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary1956 View Post
    Thank you all for your response. I will post pictures, just need to download them into my computer. I just didn't know if you treated PebbleSheen the same as you would a plaster only pool. Marla, thank you for responding. How long did you brush your pool on a daily basis? My pool is pretty long but only 5' deep in middle and 3' deep on both sides. When I asked my contractor (not the PB) he said, no you don't need to brush it. I will call the PB directly today and ask them....
    Odd that they wouldn't give you any instructions upon finishing. When we replastered the bid included 30 days of maintenance by the company.
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    I have Pebble Tech sheen aqua blue and the pebble finishes harden a lot faster than the regular plasters. I only brushed mine for like the first week. I need to brush my pool because I hav'nt done it in about a month and a half
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Here is a generic pool care sheet on Pebbletec's website
    Pool Care Instructions Pebble Tec

    Register your pool for your warranty and they will give you contact info for support and a set of specific start up instructions for your pool and finish
    Product Registration Pebble Tec
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Well I'm a bit concerned now. The guy came for start up. Was here for 1-2 hours. Then he briefly said not to use heater. My husband asked, does the heater work? He said he couldn't get it started but that's not his specialty. He said he had to go to lunch and would be back. We needed to run to the store as we are leaving first thing tomorrow for a overnight trip to sons surprise birthday party. When we got back no guy. So we have received No instructions from anyone on what we should or shouldn't be doing. And of course everyone is closed for the weekend. I emailed the contractors office but really don't expect to hear back until Monday. And my husband just says its up to them to let us know if we need to do anything. I'm praying that by us not doing anything will not jeopardize our new PebbleSheen.

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Just to get you through the weekend, it's totally normal to leave heater off right now. The instructions pooldv linked are good with not much to do right now but the brushing.

    Enjoy the party!!
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Pool heater cannot be used for 30 days after plaster. Same as salt. Pooldv linked you to the PebbleTec website, so those instructions should be followed for warranty purposes since your PB did not give you any others to follow.
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    I've emailed my contractor and my husband has texted the project manager. After the young man left on friday who was supposed to be doing the start up. The pool pump nor the filter has worked since in the installation of pool. My pool is a mess! I've been sweeping it but really doesn't seem to help since the equipment isn't working.... I at my wits end with these folks and in the email told them they needed to address this immediately. It's 8:35 and I haven't heard nor seen anyone. And I certainly don't want the kid they sent out who IMO didn't do his job and make sure everything was up and running. Am I correct in thinking this should all have been working?

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    Yes, it should all be working. But, it is your pool and your investment and it will be in your backyard for a longtime. If the start up isn't done properly then it will make your life more difficult. The first 30 days is critical to plaster success and long life. Yes, it can be their fault and you can file warranty claims with the PB and Pebble Tec. But, ultimately balancing the water and managing your pool is your responsibility so doing nothing at this critical time is not the best path. Have you registered your warranty, gotten your start up documemts and contacted your Pebble Tec support team? They will help you even if your PB won't.
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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Hi,

    yes, I registered my product but never received email confirmation. They said they sent another one today, but I did not receive that one either. I will be calling them in the morning. The start up,guy came out this morning and said that the pu,p was clogged with pebbles, rocks etc. he tore pump apart and found that it had cement in it that ruined the impeller.
    Got that fixed and ran our Polaris today to,try and get some of th debris off the bottom of pool. The pool guy will be back out tomorrow.

    He said he doesn't have much experience with PebbleSheen so I thought I would print out the recommended levels that is here. Good idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Yes, it should all be working. But, it is your pool and your investment and it will be in your backyard for a longtime. If the start up isn't done properly then it will make your life more difficult. The first 30 days is critical to plaster success and long life. Yes, it can be their fault and you can file warranty claims with the PB and Pebble Tec. But, ultimately balancing the water and managing your pool is your responsibility so doing nothing at this critical time is not the best path. Have you registered your warranty, gotten your start up documemts and contacted your Pebble Tec support team? They will help you even if your PB won't.

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    Re: caring for new plaster

    Alright, that is some progress. Did you check your spam box in your email?

    Yes, you can give him this
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