Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: About to start conversion, two quick questions

  1. Back To Top    #1

    About to start conversion, two quick questions

    I live in NY and didn't put anything in the pool when I closed it since I didn't want to have to deal with more baquagoo when I converted this Spring. I've been doing a lot of reading so I think I'm in a good spot but I did have two questions.

    When I opened the pool today it was pretty green which I expected. Should I just put the filter on recirculate when I add the bleach? I was reading in one of these posts that at the beginning all we really need to happen is have the water circulate.

    Also, I have two solar dome heaters so there's an extra 30 feet of pipe the water needs to run through, should I have these connected at the beginning or only start using them when the conversion is almost complete? When it's almost done I should be chucking in all the pool toys, chairs and anything that could have baqua on it, right?

    Sorry, three questions. Thanks in advance for your help.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    You can use recirculate for now, but you will need to filter eventually. It doesn't really make a big difference if you filter now or later, except in choosing when to spend time backwashing the filter.

    I would only connect the solar heaters at the very end when things are nearly done, same as the pool toys etc.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    I concur. Some of the threads I've watched show big blobs of stuff form that get skimmed off. Keep it out of the filter, save on backwashing.

    And take pictures every step of the way!!

    We hardly ever get a good technicolor pool show any more.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    At what point should I start using the filter?
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chat View Post
    At what point should I start using the filter?
    I'd wait until it gets to the faded olive drab color with no more scum forming on the surface, or whatever shade you end up with where it seems to be stalled.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Day 6, we're moving along. Day 1 was great, lots done then the work week got in the way. I've been getting the chlorine level to 15 at naught and in the morning. Now that it's Saturday and I'm home I wanted to check and see if I should be adding bleach even if my pool is getting full sun. I don't mind spending a few more bucks but how much does it speed the process up?

    I think the place I'm buying the bleach from thinks I'm cooking up some new kind of crystal meth.

    I have pics, like an idiot I took them with my actual camera so I need to dl them first.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Yes. Straight out of the conversion article:

    Test your water frequently and add the appropriate amount of bleach to get back up to 15ppm. Do this as often as possible, as often as every hour if you can, but at least once a day. Make sure you test and add bleach before bed, and test again in the morning before the sun hits your pool. Initially, the FC will be used up very quickly. The more often you can test and boost your FC to 15, the faster the conversion will go.

    emphasis added.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    I knew that, I guess I was just being stupid and worrying about the sun killing all the bleach. Thanks for the quick response.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  9. Back To Top    #9
    bbodb1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Central Arkansas
    Posts
    97

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chat View Post
    ...I think the place I'm buying the bleach from thinks I'm cooking up some new kind of crystal meth..
    Have some fun with this. Put a dark, devious look on your face and say something like "....I can't let that evidence linger...."

    The look on the checkout clerk's face can be priceless....
    20K gal, IG vinyl, Waterfall on 2nd pump (1HP US Motor), Dolphin cleaning system, Central Arkansas, installed 1999
    1HP Emerson (main pump), Purex Triton II (TR 60) Sand Filter (replaced original 2016), Purex Triton Mini Max Plus 250 Heater (unused for several years)

  10. Back To Top    #10

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Ok, I almost passed the colt test last night so I know I'm close. Some more vacuuming and brushing the walls and hopefully I pass tonight. Once I do, I change the sand and get the cya up which I understand can take a week. During this time, is it ok to swim? Can I leave the solar cover on or is that just going to increase the speed in which I lose chlorine?

    Thanks in advance.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  11. Back To Top    #11
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chat View Post
    Ok, I almost passed the colt test last night so I know I'm close. Some more vacuuming and brushing the walls and hopefully I pass tonight. Once I do, I change the sand and get the cya up which I understand can take a week. During this time, is it ok to swim? Can I leave the solar cover on or is that just going to increase the speed in which I lose chlorine?

    Thanks in advance.
    Yes to sand, yes to adding CYA, yes to swim, as long as FC is below the SLAM level for your CYA level. Below 10 for zero CYA. Solar cover will slow the FC loss to sunlight.

    On that topic: if that cover was in contact with the bacquacil, maybe it's time to give it a good bath in the pool to clean any residue off. Pool toys, too.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  12. Back To Top    #12

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    I did the pools toys, loungers, etc, last week and am doing the solar cover today. Thanks on the swimming info, I'll check the fc before anyone swims.

    Out of curiousity how long of a bath should it get? The toys and such sat in there for a few hours.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  13. Back To Top    #13
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)
    Posts
    18,768

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Chat View Post
    I did the pools toys, loungers, etc, last week and am doing the solar cover today. Thanks on the swimming info, I'll check the fc before anyone swims.

    Out of curiousity how long of a bath should it get? The toys and such sat in there for a few hours.
    I haven't got a clue.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

  14. Back To Top    #14

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Love the honesty, I'm going with the same theory as the toys. I need to rinse it with the hose first anyway.
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  15. Back To Top    #15
    Mod Squad YippeeSkippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    'burbs of Augusta, Georgia
    Posts
    6,461

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Geesh, what fun is a good Baquagoo conversion without pictures?
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Our pool build--> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard Skippy's Cheap Pool Cooler -->Skippy's New Fountain

  16. Back To Top    #16

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    Geesh, what fun is a good Baquagoo conversion without pictures?
    Better late than never...
    Attached Images Attached Images
    15,000 gallon AG
    20" Aquaview Sand Filter w/1.5HP pump

  17. Back To Top    #17
    Mod Squad YippeeSkippy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    'burbs of Augusta, Georgia
    Posts
    6,461

    Re: About to start conversion, two quick questions

    Nice! - and how are you enjoying it?
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Our pool build--> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard Skippy's Cheap Pool Cooler -->Skippy's New Fountain

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •