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    Exclamation NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    Hi i bought a house on Oct. 2014 and it has a pool it is the first time i have owned a house with a pool so i know very little about it. I have bought a Autopilot SWG and should be installed soon but i do noe know what oher chemicals i should buy to open the pool. Any suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated. My pool is roughly 15k gal and is made of gunite/plaster.

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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    Unless you refinished the pool surface, use Pool Math to tell you how much salt you will need to get to the recommended level for your SWG. Have some Muriatic Acid on hand to control pH. Get a TF-100 Test Kit from links on this site. Post a full set of test results, and we will help you go from there.
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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    I highly recommend you spend some time reading and learning on the forum before you open. Adding a SWG does not make a pool maintenance-free. You still will need to be testing daily until you learn your pool.

    I second the recommendation for ordering the TF-100 and suggest you take a pool at Pool School starting with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Water Balance for SWGs

    And of course ask specific questions as they arise.
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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    I appreciate your help guys, I knew asking the people here will be my best bet before i open the pool!!
    15K Gal Inground Pool, Plaster, Hayward S244T filter, Centurion 1HP pump, Autopilot SWG RC-42

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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    BTW, no need to buy "pool" salt. Just get the solar salt from the hardware store for half the cost.

    I do recommend you measure your salt level before you add because you are not likely at 0ppm.

    If you want the best setup, get the TF-100, the drop based salt test, and the SpeedStir
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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    Congrats on the new house. I'm in the same situation you are in, but I've only seen the pool covered, except for some pictures. I'm waiting until at least next season for the SWG and dual/variable speed pump upgrade. Since I'm in MD, you will probably be a couple of weeks ahead of me. I'll be looking for additional comments from you.

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    Re: NEW to pool and installing a new SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I second the recommendation for ordering the TF-100 and suggest you take a pool at Pool School starting with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Water Balance for SWGs
    Those articles are great; but getting crystal clear, clean water is not rocket science. It's actually pretty danged easy once you get the hang of it and "getting the hang of it" means either you understand the chemistry and look at your pool as if it were a beaker from high school chemistry class or you were too busy flirting with the opposite sex during chemistry class, don't have any desire to learn it and just follow the flippin' instructions!
    Home pool: Intex 11,400 gallon AG vinyl pool with sand filter & SWG. Taylor K-2006 test kit - coastal Georgia. I'm also in charge of the Elk's Lodge Pool, which is 55,000 gallons in-ground concrete with sand filter, 2 HP Hayward pump, currently using tri-chlor pucks and cal-hypo system.

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