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    New above ground pool question

    Hi everyone
    We will be putting our above ground intex 18 by 48 ultra pool up on Saturday. How soon do we need to start putting the chemicals in and checking on them? Should we always keep the chlorine floater filled with the hockey pucks in also?
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    You should add chlorine immediately and maintain it from the beginning. Do you have one of the Recommended Test Kits yet?

    How much Pool School have you read? Start with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    Hi
    I don't have the test kit yet. I figured it give me something to do while waiting for the pool to fill. I have read thru the school. My reason for asking the question is if the pool takes a day and a half to fill do I need to start adding chemical before it's full of water? Does this make sense? Also do I always want to keep the chlorine floater in the pool too?
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    We usually recommend you NEVER keep a floater in the pool because exclusive use of trichlor tablets is not sustainable plan. See the last link I posted before.

    You can use them to start, but you need to keep track of your CYA level and switch to liquid when the CYA gets into range.

    I would pour a little bleach in the pool while it is filling.
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    Piper Mike,

    Pool School is where it's at.

    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Chlorine CYA Chart
    Recommended Levels
    What is Trouble Free Pool Care?

    That oughta give you enough reading to get your feet wet.
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    Thanks. I have read thru it again and have not seen anything about the floating chloride.
    Mike
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    It is Trichlor which I know is discussed.
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    If you have a lot of the "pucks" you're just dying to use, I suggest you save a few for when you go on vacation and give the rest to a not-so-good friend Or see if you can refund them for a few pounds of dichlor granules that will add both chlorine and CYA to begin with, then start looking for all the liquid bleach/chlorine deals you can find. And get one of the recommended test kits. Good luck.
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    Re: New above ground pool question

    Quote Originally Posted by Piper Mike View Post
    Thanks. I have read thru it again and have not seen anything about the floating chloride.
    Mike
    As best as my research suggested, the 3" tabs add 6 ppm CYA each. I am switching to TFPC method this weekend. I used tabs and bagged shock and test strips to start my pool up and ended up with CYA of 135! 36 of that was from 3" tabs. Another 27 was from bags of shock. So I would say to stay away from either and just do it right the first time. I sure wish I would have...
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