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Thread: SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, right?

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    SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, right?

    Ok - i'm sure this is a stupid question, but I can't quite figure it out. Getting ready to open my new pool in about a week, and studying up on chemicals, testing, etc. Bought the big fancy test kit, but haven't tested my water yet.

    PB said we won't turn on the SWG for several weeks (6?) after the pool is complete. He is NOT a big fan of SWG's. Not sure why. Anyone know? Will it damage the pebblesheen somehow? I guess I'll buy some liquid chlorine to put in for several weeks. Guess I can test my water (from the hose after running a few min). I know I'll have to run the filter a lot to clean the water from the dust created from the pebble application. (plaster?) Will I likely need acid or borax?

    anyway, I was studying the pool calculator.com site...towards the bottom, it has a section on suggested goal levels, and you can select a pool surface of vinyl, plaster, or fiberglass. Now I know that pebble isn't vinyl, but is it considered plaster or fiberglass? I'm guessing plaster...The pebble site has the content below...

    help here? I need to read and re-read some content...

    copy from pebble site:

    Pebble TecĀ® brand pool finish is the original pebble pool finish and still delivers the enduring natural elegance and durability that combines beauty with exceptional value. Available in 18 attractive colors, our original Pebble Tec pool interior is the perfect choice for individuals desiring a more natural look for their pools, spas or water features.

    Created with pebbles from around the world that are selected for their color and beauty.
    RawhideKid
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    4 deck jets, 2 bubblers, fake rock grotto/waterfall with wet steps. 3 surrounding half-pergola's with misters in future
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    Re: SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, rig

    Yes, plaster. That is what holds all those pebbles in place.
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    Re: SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, rig

    You all must be getting pretty excited, just in time for the HOT Az heat.....congrats! When our pool was installed about a year ago the PB got our water dialed during start up. But if I remember right I used a lot of Baking Soda & acid in the first few months. You will need acid during start up and from here on out. I'm not sure about not using the SWG for the first few months. Maybe there is just to much plaster dust and what not in the water and its bad for the SWG cell?
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    Re: SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, rig

    Quote Originally Posted by Shane1
    You all must be getting pretty excited, just in time for the HOT Az heat.....congrats! When our pool was installed about a year ago the PB got our water dialed during start up. But if I remember right I used a lot of Baking Soda & acid in the first few months. You will need acid during start up and from here on out. I'm not sure about not using the SWG for the first few months. Maybe there is just to much plaster dust and what not in the water and its bad for the SWG cell?
    Thanks Shane - what is the best place to buy acid? Pool store? I have a shasta outlet nearby...

    I'll check the pool school for more info. And yes, just in time. Kids are out of school on Friday, and they are bugging me to get the pool DONE! After 15 years in AZ, it's about time we had a pool for this heat!!!

    thx
    RawhideKid
    Phoenix, AZ (Goodyear actually)
    Pool finally complete!!! IG, 40,635 gallons w/2080 gallon spa with 16 jets. Pool is 40x21 ft with 10 ft deep end; two baja steps
    Pentair Cartridge filter - 520 SQ. PebbleSheen interior. 2 Pentair VS pumps. Pentair Intellichlor SWG
    4 deck jets, 2 bubblers, fake rock grotto/waterfall with wet steps. 3 surrounding half-pergola's with misters in future
    Sunken covered ramada with cabinets, fridge, and wood fireplace. (soon to have big screen TV)
    Basically, 14 years of planning on how to survive this blistering AZ summer!!! WAHOOOOO!!!!!!

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    Re: SWG? & pebblesheen - plaster or fiberglass? Plaster, rig

    Lowes/HD sells acid, as will the pool store. For me, the pool store is by far the cheapest place to get acid, but it depends on your area.
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