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    startup for new pool

    Hello everyone, I am almost finished with my pool and am looking for pointers on how to get started once it has been filled with water.

    Pool details are:
    14,000 gallon gunite
    Sparkle quartz plaster
    CircuPool RJ30 SWG
    IntelliFlow VS-AU pump (variable speed)
    8' x 6.5' overflow oval spa with eight jets
    Pentair superflow 1 hp water feature pump (can also use the IntelliFlow pump for the waterfall when the spa is not in use)
    400,000 btu pentair natural gas heater

    After reading about plumbing on this site I decided to go with large plumbing:
    Two skimmers with 2" pvc individually piped to the pump pad
    One 3" drain from the pool
    One 3" drain from the spa
    2" suction side cleaner line (no trees anywhere near the pool)
    2.5" pool return, splits to two 2" lines with two 1.5" returns each (four returns total)
    2.5" piping to the spa jets
    2" air line to the jets (no blower yet)

    I have read Pool School and often refer back to it to get a better understanding.

    What I am after is suggestions for pump run time(s) and at what speed and output percentage for the SWG. I realize that it will be trial and error to get everything right but am hoping to take some of the guess work out with pointers from experienced pool owners from this awesome forum (this is my first pool).
    Thank you for any comments or suggestions.

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: startup for new pool

    Before you get to anything like routine operation you first need to go through about four weeks of new plaster startup. During that period you run the pump 24/7, probably use trichlor tablets in the skimmer (or tablet feeder), and add acid daily (or more often) to keep the PH from getting too high. You don't want to add salt or adjust TA or CH during the startup period.
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    Re: startup for new pool

    Ok, I will read "start up new plaster" in Pool School again. I will get some acid and trichlor tablets to start out. Thanks again.

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    Re: startup for new pool

    Quote Originally Posted by CARSON
    Ok, I will read "start up new plaster" in Pool School again. I will get some acid and trichlor tablets to start out. Thanks again.
    Wow, this a lot more work than I imagined! I'm just learning how to work on pools and never thought about plaster and such. Where do you shop for cheap pool supplies?
    36k gallon, IG, vinyl liner (2007), partial gunite underlay, grecian shape.
    Hayward Star Clear Plus Cartridge Filter, filtration rate: 2GPM/ft2, flow rate: 68GPM.
    Hayward 1.5HP super pump (2012).
    Southwestern Ohio

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    Re: startup for new pool

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    Jul 2011
    Arizona & California

    Re: startup for new pool

    If it isn't too late, I suggest doing a Bicarb start-up program.

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    Clearwater, FL.

    Re: startup for new pool

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