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    My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabilizer

    New to this site so sorry if I'm posting to wrong spot...

    Just renovated entire pool as we just moved in and it was in rough shape. New liner, pump, salt water generator...

    Just finished filling with fresh water and pool company said to add 12lbs of stabilizer.

    If I add 4lbs at a time every 3-4hrs, is that ok? Would like to swim in it tomorrow night if possible...

    Any advice is appreciated. Thx!
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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Welcome to TFP!

    You can add all of the CYA at once, if you pour slowly. Regardless of that, you can swim right away if your other levels are balanced and you add some chlorine manually. With a brand new pool all you really need is for the PH to be in range (7.2 to 7.8) and an appropriate amount of chlorine for your CYA level. If CYA is zero, as it will be right at first, FC of 1 to 3 is fine, though you will lose that all fairly quickly when the sun is out.
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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Thx for reply!!

    What if my PH is around 8.0? I need to add PH Minus right?
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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Yes, you should lower pH. But if you haven't already bought the pH minus, just buy some muriatic acid. Pool store has it, so do most big box hardware stores, a good many mom-n-pop hardware stores, too.

    You might also want to drop some bleach in there (space the acid and bleach at least 30 minutes apart) until the SWG catches up.
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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Worked like a charm! Thx
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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Granted you did not ask, but we are full service

    What test kit do you have? I highly recommend you get one of the kits we recommend (see link in my signature) and take full control of your pool from the start. That way we will not see you back in a month complaining about a green pool

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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Thx for test kit suggestions. I only bought the test strips to start as I though they'd be easiest to understand. After 2 weeks, it seems I've to all my chemistry levels within normal ranges! Just added another 200lbs of salt to balance that to 4000. Now I'm going to attempt to vacuum for the first time...it's easy right?

    Can I vacuum while the pump is running?

    Thx for all your help/advice!
    Chris
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    20x40
    Salt water
    Sand filter
    IG
    Vinyl
    Boston, MA

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    Re: My 1st pool...salt h2o...question about chlorine stabili

    Nevermind....pump MUST be running to vacuum...forgot that part. Sorry to other...
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    Salt water
    Sand filter
    IG
    Vinyl
    Boston, MA

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