Thank you all in advance for the advice, I am thrilled to have found this forum with all of its knowledgable members. The more I am learning about my pool care, the more apparent it is that the "professionals" in the pool stores are simply salesman. I am afraid to ask for their advice any longer.
Tomorrow I am having my pool completely drained, acid washed and lightly polished. The pool is just 3 years old, but has high calcium hardness, high CYA and high TDS. In addition, lots of staining and scaling. As I have come to not have much faith in the pros, I am doing my own start-up. I am a little nervous about it, so I want to run my plan by you to be sure I am tackling it correctly.
When mid-way full, add a Sequestrant
When full, test for the usual suspects, CH, TA, CYA (in case some comes in from filter, etc)
Adjust FC according to the amount of CYA
My questions are:
Is this the correct order of additions? (I expect the TA to come in naturally where it should and CH will already be on the high side due to our water supply)
Is there any advantage to keeping the pH lower for the first couple of days?
How long should I run the pump for initially? My pool is approx 7800 gallons
Do I need to treat it like a new plaster job, ie brushing for plaster dust?
Can I use my kreepy krauly right away?
Thanks for the help!