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    Need some newb help. :)

    So I just built my pool a few weeks ago. And by built I mean I had a bunch of guys come help me put the physical structure up.

    It's a Wilbar (Sharkline or somesuch) 24' x 52' above ground.

    Over the course of the last few weeks, I've been filling it, and it's about 1/2 way full right now. Ha. I have a well, so I'm really taking my time. I don't want to lose my aquifer!

    Anyway, the water is a little green...and I think most of that is just on the bottom, as I put on some garbage bags the other day and went in to check things out.

    I don't have a test kit yet, and haven't added any chemicals.

    I won't have it up to the level of my pumping system for some time yet, but was wondering if I could add some chlorine or something to kill the green and keep it from being a mosquito breeding ground.

    For the filter, I have a Hayward DE setup (AC40) and a 3/4 HP 110v pump. Haven't even gotten the pumping all set for that yet, but like I said...I'm a ways from having enough water for it to matter.

    Anyway, I've been reading a lot, but can't find too much on initial setup.

    Oh, and the dealer sold me a Frog mineral system...which I also haven't hooked up yet, nor researched that much on. He just said it will make the pool need less chlorine, which sounds good for a sensitive skinned fellow like myself.

    Thanks!

    damon

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Yes, add bleach. Mix it up with the pool brush. Guesstimate how much water is in the pool now and let poolmath tell you how much bleach to add to get from zero to 3 on FC. Just plug in the volume at the top and put zero now and 3 target and select the strength. Clorox is 8.25% It will all be gone in a few hours, so you'll want to do that every day. Don't forget to increase the volume as it fills. Pouring the bleach into the hose stream will help mix it and save you some brushing.

    You don't want the pool frog. Over time, it will lead to green hair and metal stains on the walls. Use the search box up above for frog or poolfrog or "green hair" and you'll see a lot of threads.

    For sensitive skin, maybe borates.... but that's a long way in the future. Fill it, get it clear and balanced, and enjoy it a while first.
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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Thanks for the reply!

    So it says to add like 2 cups and 7 oz...could that really be enough?
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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Yep.
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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    So, for the time being, should I add that amount probably every day? Or rather, add more every day as the volume increases?

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by SubliminalME View Post
    So, for the time being, should I add that amount probably every day? Or rather, add more every day as the volume increases?
    Exactly. When the volume is 6000 gallons, plug 6000 into poolmath.

    It won't take much. Remember, the FC is measured in parts per million. The bleach % is parts per hundred. A little goes a long way. Don't overdo it, or you risk bleaching the liner. Unstabilized chlorine is pretty aggressive.

    Have you gotten a test kit yet? You'll need one to maintain the pool trouble-free. Order one now and you'll have it by the time you need it.

    One more thought: if there's Iron in your well water, the pool could turn bright green when the bleach hits it. Don't freak out.
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    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!

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Thank you again!

    BTW, this is the best-selling test kit on Amazon...worth it?

    http://www.amazon.com/Poolmaster-222...=pool+test+kit

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by SubliminalME View Post
    Thank you again!

    BTW, this is the best-selling test kit on Amazon...worth it?

    http://www.amazon.com/Poolmaster-222...=pool+test+kit
    Sadly. no. It's adequate for some kiddie pool where if things get out of control, draining and refilling is an easy option. You need tighter controls. Test Kits Compared explains what you need. Best value for the buck as far as larger quantities of the reagents you use the most is the TF100
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
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    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Gotcha...just ordered the kit you linked to. Was on the fence because of the shipping...buuuuut...pulled the trigger.

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Go slower, here, guys. If your pool is 24' 52" high, your gallons are around 13,500.....not 5,000 as you have indicated in your snapshot of poolmath.

    Clarify your pool size
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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    True...but it's less than half full, as per the initial post. Thanks though! I need all the help I can get on this one.

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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Sorry I overlooked the "half-full", guys.
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    Re: Need some newb help. :)

    Well, you've always been a bit of a pessimist.

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