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    my pool is on the way...

    I have spent enough reading to know.. I don't want the aqua smarte system...
    I do want to use the BBB..
    My pool is not at my home yet.

    I have skimmed through a bunch of info...
    For a newbie it can be just a tad overwhelming...

    First question...
    When I am filling my pool... what should I add?
    or
    Should I fill and test it first?

    thank you
    Mike

    22,000 gallons, cartridge filter, 1.5 hp hayward pump
    ag, vinyl

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    Hey, Mike,

    Welcome to the forum. Yeah, you will want to test first before you do anything. The only two things I would buy in advance is maybe 2-3 large jugs of Clorox and some stabilizer.

    Do you know how to use the pool calculator to figure out how much stabilzer you need?
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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    Welcome to TFP!

    I'm glad that you have been reading up since you will be ahead of the game for doing so. Have you looked into test kits? The TF-100 (link in my sig) is a great one.

    Yes, you fill it up, start the pump, test the pH and correct it if needed, and then add chlorine and CYA. Just go from there.

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    Thanks for the help! I ordered a Taylor test kit already...

    I will be figuring out the calculator next...

    Thank you
    Mike
    Mike

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    Mike,

    Like yourself, I am completely new to pools, this web site, and maintaining all these chemicals. Two weeks ago I filled our pool after swearing last year I would never try this again. Luckily I tripped over this web site while goggling some questions. My kids wanted the pool back up and I felt like I needed to try at least once more. I can tell you just as sure as I'm writing here today that's the best decision I've made all summer.

    Over the past two weeks I have read just about everything imaginable here and I can tell you if you stick to what the members here are saying, in no time at all you will completely understand what is going on with your pool and how these elusive chemicals work together. Trust the BBB method. Right now my water is humming. It is clear as glass and my kids and wife are having a blast in it. So am I.

    This is what I did. I had water delivered. The PH level was crazy high so I brought it down were it should be using Muriatic Acid. I then added enough 6% Chlorine to bring that level where it should be. My next step was to add stabilizer because I wanted to get the CYA level in check so I didn't have to keep adding allot of Chlorine. It took around one week for the CYA to settle in and hold my PH level steady. In the meantime, it rained a little and what not so my PH level dropped a bit. Last night I added Borax and brought the PH back to a nice 7.6 level. I then shocked the pool bringing the ppm level up to 12. Today it's total harmony.

    Stay here, trust what your reading and own your pool. I will go back to the pool store, but that's because I want a bigger pool.
    25,000gal. in-ground vinyl Hayward sand filter w/1hp pump

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Pea
    Stay here, trust what your reading and own your pool. I will go back to the pool store, but that's because I want a bigger pool.
    And pool toys, you still need pool toys.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    If memory serves from watching my dad struggle with a 12' x 36" pool sometime in the 1970s.... you need to stock up on beer and bandaids. Hang around some dive bars beforhand if you need to expand your vocabulary a little bit. You don't want to run out of profanity!


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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: my pool is on the way...

    If you are filling with your tap water, you can go ahead and test it to see the initial PH & TA levels you are working with, and more importantly become friends with your test kit.
    33K IG 1967 45' X 20' Roman 4-8 ft plaster/gunite. Triton Sand, 1.5 HP pump. Indoor with Screen Atrium top. Bought a Swamp with Nails Glass and Trash with An Algae Encrusted Astroturf Surround. On par and thankful to TFP since 4/2010. A good test kit is your friend! Using a K-2006, refills from TFTest kits.

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