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    Jul 2013
    Moon Township, PA

    New member asking for very basic advice

    Yes this will be one of those threads that the veterans of this board will roll their eyes at. Here's my situation. Had a new above ground pool installed (21' diameter, 54" high). The installers did the work when I wasn't there. Had the pool filled (then drained and refilled but that's another story). From this point on I can't find instructions as to what happens now. The water level is kind of high due to rain (not completely covering the skimmer but close) and I want to get the start up chemicals in the pool. I hired a guy to get it started for me (I work a lot of 12 hour days) and he doesn't work weekends so I'd like to do this without him. I've read a lot on line and on instructions but I keep hearing 2 different things. Some say the pool needs shocked first, some say the water needs balanced first. I can't find a step by step guide anywhere as to what to do to get started. I'm sure this has been asked before so if it exists here, you can point me to the thread. I did test the water today and got the following:
    Free Chlorine- 0 (obviously)
    pH- 8.4
    TA- 80
    TH- 200
    Thanks in advance!
    12.5K gal, AG, Zodiac Nature2VisionPro, ? sqft cartridge filter

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    pwrstrk's Avatar
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    Elverson Pa.

    Re: New member asking for very basic advice

    Welcome to TFP.

    As long as the water is still clear get it balanced. You need chlorine to ward off algae and stabilizer to protect the chlorine from the sun. PH and TA will also need to be checked.

    Do you have one of our recommended test kits ?

    Spend sometime in pool school reading.

    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: New member asking for very basic advice

    Your first order of business is to get the pH down to the mid 7's. Then add enough bleach to get 2ppm FC in there.
    Then you'll want to add about 30 ppm CYA.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Mexico, MO

    Re: New member asking for very basic advice

    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Apr 2010
    East Texas

    Re: New member asking for very basic advice


    There's one thread on that system--you can search for many more. We don't recommend it. Welcome to the forum!
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