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Thread: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

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    Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    Furious that my pool builder turned out to be so unreliable. Pool was filled yesterday and we were supposed to have "indoc" today where they get the filter and everything started. Of course, they didn't show up.

    Today is Saturday and I do NOT want to wait until Monday.

    If it matters, pool is concrete, 30K gallons with a pebble finish (Sunstone...they didn't even tell me if I was supposed to be brushing it!).

    Filter is Jandy something, with a salt water generator. I have manuals here and I'm so annoyed and frustrated that I'm ready to start the **** thing up myself!

    Any advice? Thanks.

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    Re: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    Whatever you do, dont turn on the SWG. You need to wait 30 days after plaster for that. That much I know!

    Im afraid I wouldnt be much help because I dont know hardly anything about plaster pool start up.
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    Re: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    I would read here to get an idea of what's ahead: Start Up New Plaster

    However, doing anything other than what the builder recommends could void/cause issues with your warranty...
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    Re: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    I understand how frustrated you are, but it is best for your warranty to only do as the builder instructs you to do.
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    Re: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    And, you are suppose to brush it daily! I would be getting on the horn and not letting up until he's in the driveway.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Brand new pool just filled - pool builder a No Show - can I start it up myself?

    I know your pain. My pool builder is taking a 3 week vacation in Europe right now, leaving us no way to contact him. Plaster is supposed to go in Monday, and I have no idea what kind of support we will get.
    [Under Construction] ~22.4k Gallons - 35x18 freeform IG Gunite w/ 6" raised freeform spa - Pentair Clean and Clear 420, Intelliflo 3.2VF, 320cl, Master Temp heater, Easy Touch 4/Screenlogic, Maytronics M4
    Decking and plaster still undetermined. - Contract Signed 5/10/14 - Excavation 5/23/14 - Steel 5/24/14 - Stub Out 5/24/14 - Gunite 5/30/14 - Plumbing 6/3-6/4/14 - Electrical 6/5/14

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