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    Question New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    Hey guys, so I'm working on chemistry right now for my newly filled pool. Unfortunately the PB's setup was just a simple test strip and instructions to "go to the pool store" if the readings were not within parameters. Derp.

    So it's a good thing I already purchased my TF-100 test kit!

    The PB has already poured in a few gallons of liquid chlorine, and set up a floating puck dispenser. He also added some muriatic acid.

    The pool is IG shotcrete pool, 22-23k gallons with new pebble sheen plaster

    My readings this morning:

    FC - 2
    CH - 150
    TA - 180
    CYA - 0
    CC - 0
    PH - 7.8

    Chemicals the PB left me: A small bucket of pucks for the floater thingy, and 2 gallons of MA.

    I know these aren't ideal, and I've plugged some numbers into the pool math calculator, but it's telling me to add like 3 gallons 1 quart of calcium chloride, 1 quart 6oz of MA, 1quart 2oz of Bleach and 1 gallon 1 quart of stabilizer. Does this seem correct?


    I know I can get the MA and Bleach easy enough, but do I go to the pool store for the stabilizer and calcium chloride? Should I remove the floating puck?

    * I should note that this will be a salt pool, but right now we're waiting 30 days to let the pebble sheen cure, so it's manual chlorination until then.

    Thanks!
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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    Can I buy something like this from Home Depot to increase my calcium chloride and CH readings?
    Snow Joe 50 lb. Re-Sealable Bag Calcium Chloride Crystals Ice Melter-MELT50CC - The Home Depot

    It's very cheap for the poundage.

    Or do I need to buy this specifically labeled product for increasing Calcium Hardness? Leslie's Hardness Plus Pool Chemical
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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    Congrats! The first 30 days of plaster is important.

    Prority 1, do what the installer says to do.

    Priority 2, do what the manufacturer says to do

    We will help fill in the gaps after that.

    Here is Pebble Tec's basic care instructions
    Pool Care Instructions Pebble Tec

    Go here and register your pool and they will send you detailed start up docs and support contacts for any issues.
    Product Registration Pebble Tec

    More on pool chems here, Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    I would get CH up to 250 ppm, but see what PT wants first. I know Wet Edge wants 200 ppm to start with.
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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    Thanks pooldv!
    Swim ready :) My Pool Build Thread. IG shotcrete 34x16 Grecian shape. 22k gallons. 3'6 - 8'6 deep. 12x5 Baja ledge w/ 2 Bubblers, 14' raised beam sheer descent waterfall in stacked rock. Custom stone diving board. Hayward sand filter, VS pump, Aquarite T-15 SWCG. A&A In floor system w/ Gamma 4 venturi heads, Blue surf Pebble sheen, Colorlogic LED. Future Travertine Sandcastle Owner.

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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    So I'm in a bit of a dilemma now. My filter ended up having a leak so my PB shut it all down.

    Now that filter is out of operation and the pump is off, how am I suppose to upkeep chemical balance??

    Can I just pour in Muriatic Acid and Bleach in without a pump going? o_O It's just a sitting pond right now and I don't want the new pebble plaster to get messed up from bad chemistry. Help me out guys.
    Swim ready :) My Pool Build Thread. IG shotcrete 34x16 Grecian shape. 22k gallons. 3'6 - 8'6 deep. 12x5 Baja ledge w/ 2 Bubblers, 14' raised beam sheer descent waterfall in stacked rock. Custom stone diving board. Hayward sand filter, VS pump, Aquarite T-15 SWCG. A&A In floor system w/ Gamma 4 venturi heads, Blue surf Pebble sheen, Colorlogic LED. Future Travertine Sandcastle Owner.

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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?

    Pour slowly and then brush to disperse/mix throughout pool
    Always wait half an hour between adding chemicals
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    Re: New pool, new pebble plaster, starting chem balance help?



    Yes, continue to maintain PH and FC and brushing the pool will keep it mixed in.
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