Our pool (about 18K rectangular IGP - previous homeowner had it fiberglassed about 15+ years ago but surface had become chipped and pool was leaking) has finally been replastered and filled, so now it's balancing time.
pH ~ 8 (not sure exactly since 8 is the highest number on the watergram - I have the Taylor test kit)
(no CYA number yet - need to get more CYA reagent)
Have trichlor pucks in the dispenser and pump is running.
Brushed it once so far before testing water - didn't see any obvious dust getting kicked up (maybe b/c I'm used to seeing clouds of pollen dust that were in the pool before we had it drained and resurfaced) but there's the dust on the surface of the water - is this typical?
Is there a particular order in which I should be approaching the balancing - pH first? FC first? Calcium first?
And hubby is wondering how soon he can go swimming
Any other new-plaster-start-up advice welcome - thanks!
edited to add: PB doesn't do the chemistry, they provided a "Post Construction Pool Care" sheet that has fairly general guidelines (brush at least 2x/day until no longer visible plaster dust churned up, run filter at least 18 hrs/day for at least 1 week, make sure there's main drain suction to filter dust from suspension in water, monitor filter pressure and clean filter as needed, no swimming until there's no evidence of plaster dust in water and chemicals have been balanced)
I just checked the Pool School "new plaster start up" article - is the sequestrant necessary if we haven't had any prior metals issues with our municipal water supply?
Also - we had the main drain voided b/c of a leak somewhere in the line - will this cause a problem for filtering out the plaster dust? should we drop the manual vacuum hose into the deep end to get a bit of suction off the bottom of the pool in lieu of the main drain?