GREAT forum with an almost overwhelming amount of information available. I've been reading posts and Pool School information for about a week now while getting ready to install our first pool. We are real close to assembling and filling our new Intrex 18 x 48 Ultra Frame. We purchased the 1200 gph sand filter/pump unit right away as well as a SWG for added chlorine convenience. I also plan on following the BBB method of water maintenance.
I've tried to be as prepared as possible and I have what I believe to be enough supplies on hand to get a good safe start on this pool and be ready to handle any situation that arises.(with the help of this site) 50lbs of sand, 200lbs of salt, several gallons of bleach, a gallon of Muriatic acid, 4 lbs of 100% Cyanuric acid, two boxes of 20 mule borax and a bag of baking soda. (I realize I won't be using ALL of this right away, as I said, just being prepared.) And the most important part... a TF-100 test kit.
Yesterday I tested the tap water that I plan on using for the fill. (City water, not softened) Here are those #'s:
FC - 0 (as expected)
Ph - 7.3
TA - 330 (pretty darn high) ((hope I did the test correctly))
CH - 340 (again, pretty high) ((Again, " " " " " "))
CYA - 0
TC - < .5
I was very methodical with my testing process so I believe these numbers to be correct. And if they are correct, is this high TA going to give me trouble getting down to the recommended 60 ~ 80ppm in a reasonable amount of time, (w/aeration) should I maybe consider having my initial fill water bulk delivered or will this high TA not be of concern for the first couple of weeks?
I have been reading as much as I can and have printed all the applicable Pool School articles for quick reference but I think I'm still going to be looking for a little hand holding/reassurance until I get some real world results under my belt.