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    Post First pool, not sure what chemicals to start and add.

    Hello,

    we are new and know nothing about pool care. We are filling the pool now and read we should add chlorine. Do I just buy this from a pool store? Or is this regular bleach? I saw on other posts most people said not to go to a pool store for water testing. We have a pool master 5 way water test kit and I bought a cya tester also, although I don't really understand any of it much. We are going to test the water as soon as it fills, although we had a little accident with filling and hose started filling the backyard too, ugh. Anyway, any advice on what to buy and start with is welcomed. My hubby is getting grumpy, and wants to go to a pool store and just have them load him up... Probably because of the hose falling out haha.
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    Re: First pool, not sure what chemicals to start and add.

    Welcome. Please visit Pool School and educate up a bit on chemicals and their use and what we recommend. Also order one of our recommended test kits there--TF100. You'll need some CYA (conditioner)--Walmart, and add it to level 30 or so. Take your FC (using plain bleach) to 4-5.
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    Re: First pool, not sure what chemicals to start and add.

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Welcome. Please visit Pool School and educate up a bit on chemicals and their use and what we recommend. Also order one of our recommended test kits there--TF100. You'll need some CYA (conditioner)--Walmart, and add it to level 30 or so. Take your FC (using plain bleach) to 4-5.
    Thank you.
    Built July 21, 2016, Above ground Intex Ultra frame, 12x24x52 holds 8,403 gallons. Includes: Krystal Clear Sand Filter pump 2,100 gph (110 - 120V). Using a Taylor 2006 test kit.

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    Re: First pool, not sure what chemicals to start and add.

    Here is a link to info about pool chemicals:
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    In order to know how much of what to add, you can use pool math. Here is a tutorial:
    Pool School - PoolMath

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