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    Newbie - Test kit options?

    So PebbleTec is in process as we speak. My PB does the initial start up, and I was told I cannot run my SWG (it won't even be installed) for 30 days. Where do I start? I have never owned a pool before. Which test kit should I purchase with any of the options?

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Please add your pool details to your signature and location to your profile as described HERE as it will help us help you.

    You should have been reading Pool School throughout the build to get an understanding of the chemistry, but you still have time.

    In it we also list the Recommended Test Kits. Most would recommend you order the TF-100 as it is a better value. You will need to maintain the chlorine with bleach for the first month before you can add the salt and get the SWG dialed in.

    We are here to answer questions as they come up.
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    OK I updated my signature, and will get cramming for pool school!

    I read through the list of recommended kits. But I have no clue which would be best for me and my pool. It looks like the TF-100 kit would be best, but I am not sure if I need any add ons. I will admit I am more a learn by doing than by reading.... but I think I may have to hit the books!

    Thanks!
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Since this is a new fill, you should not need the XL option and no need for salt or borate testing. The only "add-on" that is highly recommended is the SpeedStir for whatever test kit you buy (although again I suggest the TF-100).

    {Add your location to your profile as well, Thanks}

    Understanding the testing and adjustments does become much more obvious and easy to understand when you start doing it. Get the kit and test your tap water for some practice and to know what you will be starting with (no need to test CYA as it is 0)
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Thanks JBizzle, I am going to order my kit today and get started. I believe the pool builder has a kit for me, but I think it is fairly basic.
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Likely a very basic test. How long till your pool is filled?

    You may be able to get the TF-100 a little faster from poolsupplyworld.com who is a western distributor for tftestkits.net ... order from tftestkits.net takes about 1 week (I had a shipment go out last Thursday and it will be delivered on Wednesday).

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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    The acid wash is supposed to occur tomorrow then I am assuming they will start filling the pool. I did order the tf-100 test kit already, so hopefully it will arrive soon. I am brushing up on pool school in the meantime. The site makes it pretty easy, I think with a little help I can definitely get a good system of maintaining my pool myself under control.
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    One thing is your going to have to follow the PB start up procedure for the time period they recommend. After the start up is complete then it's all yours. 😎
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Will the PB most likely maintain it in a different way?
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    I'm sure they'll have some sort of guide lines to follow for a period of time. You don't want to void any warranty. 😎
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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    I cannot stress how good the speedstir is. Its saved me a ton of time, stirring and mixing. Strongly recommend it

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    Re: Newbie - Test kit options?

    Speedstir is on the way, thanks guys!
    8500 Gallon IG with spa - Blue Granite Pebble Sheen - Pentair 420 Cartridge Filter -Intelliflo VS pump -Mastertemp 400K Heater - Intellichlor IC40 - Easytouch 4 - In final build stages now, should be complete 4/2/2014
    My pool build - in progress

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