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    Just filled...now what?

    We just filled our 24ft round Doughboy pool. So newly filled that the skimmer isn't installed. I have a DE filter and an intex SWG. But I don't have a clue what to do first!!! Test? Then add salt and bleach? I have read the pool school and feel good about the weeks to come, but I am not sure what to do right now. Any help would be fabulous!!
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Circulation.

    pH

    Bleach

    Stabilizer

    Stabilizer may take a while to dissolve, so you can insert swim above it.

    After it's all balanced and running smooth, then add salt and fire off the SWG.
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Welcome to TFP!

    Hopefully you got one of the recommended test kits already.

    Post up a full set of results. At s minimum you need to add salt (SWG off), chlorine and stabilizer.

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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Richard gave you the quick start guide. For more in depth info, head to Pool School (top right corner of every page).

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    I have the test kits. Just need to test in the AM and start that filter up!
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    start with PH. unless it is balanced correctly now. but get the filter/and skimmer installed and going.
    you will need it to circulate your added chemicals.
    read BBB set up yet> easiest way.
    use bleach until the SWG is up and ready.
    get some initial readings and use the pool calculator just do not install too much chem at first.
    it is easier to add and make up later than over shoot.
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Just got filter and skimmer up and running. Tested this is what I got

    Fc 0
    Ph way more redr than scale can even give me a reading for
    Ta 60
    Ch 140
    Didn't test cya becuase I know there is none.

    I entered it all in the pool calculator but what should I add first? Can I add more than one thing at a time? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbigross
    Just got filter and skimmer up and running. Tested this is what I got

    Fc 0
    Ph way more redr than scale can even give me a reading for
    Ta 60
    Ch 140
    Didn't test cya becuase I know there is none.

    I entered it all in the pool calculator but what should I add first? Can I add more than one thing at a time? Thanks!
    If pH is off the scale, you have no idea just how high it is. If it's 8.2, a pint of acid will bring it down to about 7.5. So add that, let it circulate and brush a little to get it well mixed, and recheck it in half an hour. If you're somewhere between 7.2 and 7.8, move on to adding bleach. If it's still too high, calculate the dose using http://www.poolcalculator.com/ As soon as your pH is in the safe zone, use http://www.poolcalculator.com/ to add 3 PPM chlorine. Be sure to pick the right strength for the bleach you're using. Any time in there you can monkey around measuring out CYA in a sock. Target 60 - it's easy to add more later if you come up a short. Assume it's around 30 tomorrow and target about 4 FC. Don't bother testing CYA for a week. But keep tabs on pH and FC. Just allow at least 30 minutes ruin time between chemical additions.
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    The cya I picked up from wal mart is the hth conditioner. It is a powder. Do I put it in a cotton sock? Then hang from the side of the pool by the return. Just making sure I understand. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbigross
    The cya I picked up from wal mart is the hth conditioner. It is a powder. Do I put it in a cotton sock? Then hang from the side of the pool by the return. Just making sure I understand. Thank you!
    There are pictures in here: i-m-new-here-but-i-ve-been-reading-everything-i-can-t59801.html
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    Fabulous! Of course now that I am home from the store I test my PH again and I must have been a little heavy handed on my muriatic acid. Now my ph is 6.8. Oops. I have borax, should I add what the pool calculator saulys to add?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbigross
    Fabulous! Of course now that I am home from the store I test my PH again and I must have been a little heavy handed on my muriatic acid. Now my ph is 6.8. Oops. I have borax, should I add what the pool calculator saulys to add?
    yes. and undershoot. Maybe your pool isn't as big as you think.
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    Isn't that always the way it goes! LOL
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Add LESS than the calculator said to add...when would I be able to test...again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbigross
    Add LESS than the calculator said to add...when would I be able to test...again?
    If you brush to help mix it, half an hour should be enough.
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    YAY tested and am 7.2 added only 3 cups of borax to return to the wanted range. Everything else is holding steady where it was before. Prepping my stabilizer sock (which sounds like a medical device...) and going to put some bleach in this evening. Excited for the children to swim tomorrow...71 is still WAY to cold for me!
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    is the TA being at 60 okay? or should I raise it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darbigross
    is the TA being at 60 okay? or should I raise it?
    It's close enough! Give the pool a rest! You're starting to sound like the pool store guy - overshoot, correct, constantly fiddling with it.

    Let the kids get in and splash around a little and mix things up good. See what you have tomorrow.
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    Yes probably am! Just going to add the chlorine and then let it be!
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    Re: Just filled...now what?

    darbigross said
    Excited for the children to swim tomorrow...71 is still WAY to cold for me


    and I thought 86 was cold
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