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    New Pool - Just a few questions...

    We are having our pool installed this coming weekend. The electrician will install the electrical the following Monday. We have decided to start off using the BBB method. I just ordered the TF-100 test kit and will have it before I have my pool lol. We are pretty jazzed about the pool and want to get in it as soon as we can. Here are my questions...

    1. What supplies should I buy now to have on hand so I'm ready to go?

    2. How soon can we get in the water? We've had a couple of delays getting it installed and are excited to get in!

    3. How long should we run the pump? I know it'll be different for different pools and conditions but on average what are we looking at?
    20' X 40' IG, 35900 gallons, Hayward Sand Filter w/1.5hp Super Pump, Hayward Aqua Rite SWG
    Pool installed 2009 TF-100 test kit. Clarksville TN

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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    Welcome!

    Congratulations on doing things the right way - test kit before things go out of whack.

    When your test kit arrives, test the fill water. Then you'll know if you're likely to need acid, borax, or baking soda. Bleach is a certainty, so is stabilizer. You can get a rough idea of what you'll need by calculating the pool volume and plugging things in to pool calculator.

    It's the same water you bathe in, so you could jump in while it's filling without any real health risk. However, extended swimming underwater with the pH out of whack will make your eyes burn. I'd adjust pH and get some chlorine in there quick.

    Have you studied pool school? You'll find the answers to most everything hidden in there somewhere.
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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    I bet I've read over pool school a hundred times. Takes me doing something to really get the hang of it. I'm sure once I start testing it'll all start to come to me. Seems fairly simple and way cheaper than pool store products.
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    Pool installed 2009 TF-100 test kit. Clarksville TN

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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    You are right, Derek. The actual "doing" instead of reading these things will make it SO very much more clear. YOu'll be a pro before you know it.
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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    Received my TF-100 kit today. Still no pool but I tested my water to get a feel for it. Here are the results.
    FC 2.5
    CC .50
    TC 3
    CH 160 was really pink. Should have kept going but didn't know how red the test meant lol. I know to keep going when I do it again. Started turning pink with 11 drops.
    pH 7.5
    Seems pretty straight forward and easy to do.

    20' X 40' IG, 35900 gallons, Hayward Sand Filter w/1.5hp Super Pump, Hayward Aqua Rite SWG
    Pool installed 2009 TF-100 test kit. Clarksville TN

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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by derekyork
    Received my TF-100 kit today. Still no pool but I tested my water to get a feel for it. Here are the results.
    FC 2.5
    CC .50
    TC 3
    CH 160 was really pink. Should have kept going but didn't know how red the test meant lol. I know to keep going when I do it again. Started turning pink with 11 drops.
    pH 7.5
    Seems pretty straight forward and easy to do.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    It will go green to grey to pinkish to pale pink and probably to Barbie pink. That's what they mean by red. Count drops until it stops changing shades of pink, then deduct the last one that didn't do anything.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    I think you guys are talking about the TA test and not the CH test. Is the 160ppm for the TA or the CH???
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    Re: New Pool - Just a few questions...

    Sorry yes the TA turned pink at 11 drops. I stopped at 16 drops. My CH was 120.

    20' X 40' IG, 35900 gallons, Hayward Sand Filter w/1.5hp Super Pump, Hayward Aqua Rite SWG
    Pool installed 2009 TF-100 test kit. Clarksville TN

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