I am so very thankful for this forum! I have been scanning it for the past 7 months as my pool was under construction. Today is Saturday. ColorScapes Quartz Plaster was done on Thursday ( 2 days ago). As of yesterday morning (Friday), the pool is filled and I am ready for take-off ...but not sure how to "fly."
BTW: No Acid washing was done on the plaster. Plaster was smoothed on...started the water...and off they went.
Since it is a holiday weekend, I feel that I am on my own. Yesterday afternoon, the local pool guy stopped by to start the equipment. Pool was cloudy, so he gave me calcium powder to sprinkle in the pool. It's a little less cloudy today.
We are brushing. Alkalinity is very low and pH is very high.
I took measurements this morning (I have the TF-100 Test Kit)...and this is what I have...
Chlorine = .5-1 range (pretty much non existent...almost clear)
pH = 8.2 or higher (The color was really hot pink, so it probably is higher, but the reading only goes up to 8.2)
Alkalinity = 40 (It turned pink, not red, so is that correct? I just stopped when it changed pinkish/reddish.)
I do have a SWG, but won't be running it for another couple of weeks. I don't have ANY chemicals at this point, so I am ready to run out and get some. Pool guy told me to get a bucket of TriChlor Tabs and put them in the skimmers until we get the SWG up and running. Do I do add these pucks every day until SWG gets started?
I've read some posts about about adding acid. Are they speaking about Cyanuric or Muriatic?
I really need to get my pH down. Should I be adding Muriatic Acid (or Cyanaric) and TriChlor only at this time? If so, how much?
Should I add a sequestrant? Pool guy mentioned nothing about it, but I read on here that it is important.
Are there any danger signs I should watch out for with this new plaster, so I can catch it before it gets bad?
I really don't want to screw things up...and I want to get in and swim asap. I was told by plaster people that we can swim anytime...just no sharp objects for 2 weeks. I just want to get pool chemistry right first.
I know I will have SO many more questions as the weeks/months go by. Looking forward to hanging with my new pool "family."