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Thread: First Test results from new plaster pool - Do I need to take over?

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    First Test results from new plaster pool - Do I need to take over?

    Pool was filled approx 2 days ago and I have been brushing as instructed. The pool has been pretty cloudy but with the plaster dust and tons of dirt/dust that got blown in the pool immediately upon filling (of course), I guess that's expected. It does clear up overnight when I leave it alone. The PB has done start up doses of chlorine and CYA and maybe acid (fill water is pH 8.2 with high TA) and there is a trichlor in line chlorinator currently in use --- I know, I know... This will be turned off immediately when I assume full control. The PB has not asked me to start maintaining the chemicals yet, only brushing. And I'm pretty sure he has no idea that I even have a test kit (TF-100).

    Anyway, here are my first test results:

    pH 8.2
    FC 4.5
    CC <0.5
    CH 75
    CYA 30-40
    TA 90
    CSI -0.1

    My issue is whether to take control of my pool now or wait until the PB "hands me the reigns". I'm concerned about the low CH, but with the CSI being neutral is this truly a problem? And how bad is it to have pH 8.2 in this setting? After studying this forum for a while I feel ready to take over, but I don't want to create problems with the pool builder if this is not a big deal. Additionally, they have just told me to brush everything toward the main drain, no vacuuming. Anyone else follow that method?
    30X40' free-form gunite/plaster pool, 4-8' deep with flagstone beach entry, gunite "rock" retaining wall with multiple small waterfalls/planters, grotto/slide/waterfall combo, 18" raised spa with waterfall into pool

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    Re: First Test results from new plaster pool - Do I need to take over?

    The CH will rise, don't worry about that.

    If it was me, I'd drop pH to 7.8 and keep my mouth shut.

    The no vacuum rule is so you don't accidentally leave groves from the wheels in the curing plaster. I wouldn't vacuum.
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    Re: First Test results from new plaster pool - Do I need to take over?

    I took your advice, but overshot the pH a bit to prob. around 7.6. I'm sleeping a little better now, anyway. Thanks!
    30X40' free-form gunite/plaster pool, 4-8' deep with flagstone beach entry, gunite "rock" retaining wall with multiple small waterfalls/planters, grotto/slide/waterfall combo, 18" raised spa with waterfall into pool

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    Re: First Test results from new plaster pool - Do I need to take over?

    7.6 is good for the PH.

    I just had my pool remodeled and when they refilled it they added scaletec to the fill. I don't know much about the product but I think it helped harden/cure as we had zero cloud or dust in the water. I've scrubbed the walls and no small pebbles or dust comes off. Now a lot maybe due to the application but I think the scaletec really helped.

    http://www.mcgrayel.com/scaletecplus.html
    36,000 gallon IG Gunite (40 x 20), 1.5 HP Hayward pump, Pentair Nautilus NS-48 DE filter, 2 skimmers, 12 - (2 x 20) Fafco Solar Panels (Goldline controller not hooked up yet), Hayward Swimpure Plus SWG, Blue Pearl Robot cleaner. New Dr. Wellness X-12 standalone Lifestyle Spa.

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