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    New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    Hi all, love this site and I've learned alot already. We are a few days from finishing (and filling!! ) our pool and I want to make sure that I do things in the right order. I was trying to find a way to get water brought in as we have well water with alot of iron but it looks like we will have to use it. Here is what I THINK is a good plan for getting it going, would love to find out if I need to do things differently before I dig in.
    1-water
    2-something to bind the iron
    3-salt
    4-liquid chlorine to shock (5-10 range ok?)
    5-start SWG
    6-CYA to 60-80
    7-pH to 7.5-7.6
    8-TA to 60-90
    9-check CH
    10-borates to 30-50

    (I don't have my baseline water numbers yet, test kit in route, but if the starting numbers affect the order I will post them as soon as i get them)
    Thanks much in advance for the help!
    18 x 33 AG vinyl, 17000 gal, Hayward DE 1.5, Aquatrol SWG

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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    Not sure about the iron, but can be anytime not first I believe
    The most critical is pH and FC first, along with CYA to prevent complete/immediate loss of FC
    The CH isn't important if vinyl, very important for plaster
    The borates then TA I would do last...
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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    Is this a vinyl pool, fiberglass, or gunite?

    Can you put your pool specs in your signature line?
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    Welcome to TFP.

    My personal opinion is that if it's at all possible to have metals free water brought in it's most likely worth it in the long run. Even if you could rent a reverse osmosis system to remove it before filling. Remember that adding sequestrant is an ongoing process in order to keep the iron from staining.

    Now that we're done with that!
    Your order is ok except for a few things.

    You already mentioned testing your water before you add it to the pool and that's a very good idea.

    Adjust pH first if it needs it. Then the sequestrant. Then add enough chlorine to get about 2 ppm FC in there. (you don't need to shock unless the tests say so) Then swap the CYA / start swcg steps. The rest of the steps look ok.
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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Is this a vinyl pool, fiberglass, or gunite?

    Can you put your pool specs in your signature line?
    Thanks!
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    [quote="Bama Rambler"]Welcome to TFP.

    My personal opinion is that if it's at all possible to have metals free water brought in it's most likely worth it in the long run. Even if you could rent a reverse osmosis system to remove it before filling. Remember that adding sequestrant is an ongoing process in order to keep the iron from staining.
    18 x 33 AG vinyl, 17000 gal, Hayward DE 1.5, Aquatrol SWG

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    Re: New Saltwater Pool, proper birthing order?

    That's a great idea! We live in a rural area and so far I can't find anyone to bring in the water but I'll check on renting a reverse osmosis.
    18 x 33 AG vinyl, 17000 gal, Hayward DE 1.5, Aquatrol SWG

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