We had a new vinyl liner installed this week and I am about 3 hours away from starting the pump and beginning treatment of the pool. My utmost priority is not making a mistake that could stain or otherwise damage the liner. The pool dealer that installed the liner tested the water yesterday with these results:
TA - 289
pH - 8.1
Hardness - 293
FC - 0
TC - 0
CYA - 0
The analysis that came with the test recommended:
1) Add 3 pints of muriatic acid a day for up to 12 days unless Ph drops below 7.2 (it doesn't say what to do if that happens)
2) Add 3 or 4 lbs. of stabilizer
3) Add 1.5 qts. of scale inhibitor
4) Add 1 lb. of Super Soluble shock
5) Add 19 ozs. of algaecide (I have always used polyquat 60 as an algae inhibitor)
6) Begin running 3" tabs in the chlorinator
I have Taylor test chemicals, test strips, and an OTO/ph kit and my results are consistent with the above numbers.
I have used Borax and baking soda in the past but have always relied on tabs for chlorination.
I realize pool treatment is an inexact science and opinions differ, but I would appreciate any advice that would help with a successful start-up and hopefully simplify the process. I am concerned about the high alkalinity and also the proper sequence and time frame for adding chemicals.
Thanks for looking at my post and any assistance you might provide.