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    Question Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Hi everyone and Thanks in advanced for your help. I'm putting up my new 18'x52" intex Ultra frame pool up next week and I've figured it will have about 8,600 gallons of water.

    My question is how much liquid chlorine do I add to start off?

    Do I add x amount then test before it's safe to swim?

    It will take me 2 days to fill pool up as I'm reluctant to leave hose on over night.

    How many containers should I have on hand to get my pool started?

    Should I add some while its half full,then again when full?

    I have a pool center near me that sells the liquid chlorine. I just don't want to get too little and make multiple trips in the beginning if I don't need to. I'd love to get up and running by Saturday! I've been lurking around and have received valuable info from this site,so thanks

    Thanks You~Eileen

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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Welcome to TFP!

    You will typically be adding about 2 ppm of chlorine each day. You can use PoolMath to calculate how much liquid chlorine that means using for your pool, and then multiply by the number of days in advance you want to purchase for.

    If you can get the pool filled in two days, then there is no need to add any chlorine until the first evening after you get the pool full and the pump running. Add 2 ppm per day in the evening until 24 hours after adding CYA, and then switch to targeting the correct FC level for your CYA level based on the Chlorine/CYA chart in Pool School. That will still work out to roughly 2 ppm per day, but will vary a bit depending on CYA level, pool use, sunniness, water temperature, etc.
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Welcome to the forum Eileen
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoonkie View Post
    Hi everyone and Thanks in advanced for your help. I'm putting up my new 18'x52" intex Ultra frame pool up next week and I've figured it will have about 8,600 gallons of water.

    My question is how much liquid chlorine do I add to start off?

    Do I add x amount then test before it's safe to swim?

    It will take me 2 days to fill pool up as I'm reluctant to leave hose on over night.

    How many containers should I have on hand to get my pool started?

    Should I add some while its half full,then again when full?

    I have a pool center near me that sells the liquid chlorine. I just don't want to get too little and make multiple trips in the beginning if I don't need to. I'd love to get up and running by Saturday! I've been lurking around and have received valuable info from this site,so thanks

    Thanks You~Eileen
    Welcome!

    The good news for you is that the water is fresh from the tap, so you're not dealing with any algae or other weirdness.

    2ppm Free Chlorine in 8600 gallons is just under a quart. Figure each 121 oz jug of 8.25% Clorox is good for about 4 days, and buy accordingly. If it's stronger bleach - you'll use even less. Poolmath can tell you. Take the time to read the detailed directions in Pool School; you'll get more out of it. You won;t have any CYA in a fresh fill, so don't waste your test reagents checking it.
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Please remember, chlorine is a consumable item. It goes away daily.

    As Richard says in his signature "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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    Do you have a test kit already and if so what did you get ??
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    I usually buy 8 or 10 gallons each time i get it. Its usually on sale when i get it. I go through about a gallon and a half .... maybe 2 gallons a week.

    If that helps any.
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Quote Originally Posted by kris77 View Post
    I usually buy 8 or 10 gallons each time i get it. Its usually on sale when i get it. I go through about a gallon and a half .... maybe 2 gallons a week.

    If that helps any.
    Good advice!!

    Similarly, I have a box that holds six bottles of bleach. When I'm at WalMart for something else I always pick up six - then transfer them to the shelves in the garage.
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Ah, Thank you guys so much! Sorry for later reply as my pc was on the fritz :/ I'll have to spring for one of the "good" pool testing kits cause I had bought a regular one from amazon a bit ago.

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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    Get the TF100. It's the best kit you can get.

    Read up on the ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.

    I too will stock pile my chlorine and I keep it in my cool, dark basement.
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    Re: Noobie (soon to be pool owner) Question

    TF100 or a K2006

    Most here will recommend the TF100 as it's in a lot of our signatures : http://tftestkits.net/splash-page.html
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