Bond coat is complete. Plaster is coming Friday! I've read the "Start up new plaster " page and it looks like we will be doing the traditional start up. Only thing is that it looks like I'll be doing it...not the builder. Anyway, here are the directions that they sent to me.
First Day: Add a de-mineralizing liquid upon initial fill and maintain water circulation for 24 Hours prior to balancing the pool chemistry. Adjust pH to 7.2.
Second Day: Record the chlorine, pH, and total alkalinity, calcium hardness, and temperature levels. Maintain pH at 7.2 and adjust total alkalinity to 80-120 PPM. Dissolve all chemicals in water first and allow sufficient time for each chemical to be fully dispersed before adding other chemicals.
Third Day: Repeat steps from Second Day.
*Adjust chemistry to the following levels:
Free Chlorine: 1.0 – 3.0 PPM
pH: 7.4 – 7.6
Total Alkalinity: 80-120 PPM
Calcium Hardness: 200-400 PPM
Stabilizer: 30-100 PPM
Adjust pump timer to normal operating hours. Do not install automatic pool cleaners for 28 days. Do not vacuum the pool with a wheeled vacuum for 14 days. Brush the pool walls and floor daily for the first two (2) weeks. A combo brush (nylon/stainless) or stainless brush is recommended for quartz finishes.
Now on the start up new plaster page it says to add a start up dose of sequestrant? My builder said to add a de-mineralizing liquid? Is a sequestrant and de-mineralizing liquid the same thing? Help! Also, what brand is the best to use on a new Quartzscapes plaster?
Side note - I ordered the TF-100 along with the speed stir last night from Duraleigh.
One other question - We are going with a salt system. I live in PA. I'm thinking on waiting until next year to add the salt beings it will almost be time to close the pool by the time the plaster get finished curing. Should I just winterize the old fashioned chlorine way or would I be better off getting the salt system going before we close?
Thanks in advance!