Hello all. I have a brand new plaster pool. My PB did the plaster and started filling the pool yesterday. Today, the company showed up to do the startup and I have questions since it differs from the startup procedure I read in Pool School. The pool just finished filling (it's only been 30 hours since we started filling). I have a 10k gallon pool. He tested the water at 8.0pH and no chlorine. They added a small bucket of CYA, a gallon of muriatic acid and .75 gallons of chlorine. He also put in a chlorine float. I plan on removing the chlorine float, checking the pH and chlorine daily and adding acid/chlorine as necessary. All this of course in addition to the regular sweeping. I've tested the pool again three hours later and pH is now at 7.5, TA is at 70, and chlorine is off the charts (almost orange instead of the yellow guage my test shows). Questions:
No sequestrant was added. Should I get some and add it myself? How important is that?
The startup article says to wait 72 hours before adding chlorine or CYA. Will any damage result from adding it too early?
I don't have a vacuum yet. How important is it to vacuum in addition to sweeping? Is it better for the plaster or does it just make the plaster dust go away quicker than sweeping alone?
Any other advice?