So after some months of learning to construct a pool, i mean building a pool as owner builder, it's finally pebble sheen time!!!!
The pool will be Pebble Sheen and teh Spa BeadCrete. I looked over the start-up instruction and i'm thinking maybe i should hire someone to do the start up so that i don't mess anything up.... can anyone recommend someone in ventura county (newbury park) with experience for pebble sheen start up...
Is this a difficult procedure? Should i do this myself? The instructions are below; do the instructions make sense and does it seem like a fairly straight forward procedure? Is it difficult to adjust alkalinity and Ph? What is Jack's Magic BlueStuff? is Purifiber something that can/should be added to DE filter? How often should the pool be brushed/vacuumed and for how long? Any advice would be appreciated...
thanks for your time.
1. Begin filling pool with water. Filtering of fill water is recommended in some areas. The pool MUST be filled without
2. Get the pool circulating as soon as possible, with the main drain open and the skimmer closed; the pool can be circulated
safely when the water reaches the return lines.
3. Once the pool is circulating adjust alkalinity to 80 ppm, pH to 7.0 - 7.2; and Jack’s Magic® the Blue Stuff® to 20 ppm
(1 quart per 10,000 gallons of water). Leave pool circulating continuously for at least 72 hours. DO NOT add chlorine during
first 48 hours. Note: For superior filtration, Purifiber® can be added to the filter (according to directions on the package) to
achieve the most efficient filtering of any contaminants.
4. Brush pool thoroughly using a nylon or nylon/wire-combination brush. Vacuuming the pool with a vinyl vac is also
recommended (any vac without wheels is fine). A vinyl vac head will allow more efficient cleaning and can be used
immediately upon start-up.
5. The pH and total alkalinity must be monitored daily to prevent scaling.
6. DO NOT CHLORINATE until pool has filtered and pH and total alkalinity are acceptable. Chlorine is highly reactive and
can cause metals or minerals to precipitate (cloud water, scale and/or stain). At least 48 hours is recommended. DO NOT
SHOCK pool (super chlorinate) above 5 ppm for at least 10 days, to give the pool time to filter and stabilize.
7. Cyanuric acid (stabilizer) can be added at any time; increase to 30 ppm. We recommend adding stabilizer around the
same time as when first adding chlorine.
8. In areas of soft water (low calcium hardness) raise calcium to 200 ppm. Normal calcium levels are 200-400 ppm. As the
surface cures, the hardness levels may increase. DO NOT raise calcium level until pH and total alkalinity are stable (7.2-7.4
and 80-100 ppm).
9. To prevent staining or scaling, Jack’s Magic® the Blue Stuff® levels must be maintained above 12 ppm. This level can be
monitored with a Jack’s Magic Sequest Test™. Average start-up dosage is 1 quart per 10,000 gallons of pool water. To
ensure the pool does not stain or scale, the homeowner should maintain sequest levels on a weekly basis (some pools will
require more Jack’s Magic® “Stuff” depending on heaters, well-water, type of chlorination, etc.).