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    Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Hello I just opened a pool at a house I moved into over the winter. Was half empty so I filled it with well water. I have all these leftover chemicals from the previous owner that I was going to use but then....... I started reading this site while the pool was filling. I am now going to use the TFPC method. I put in 3 jugs of bleach but that's where it ended. Right now the water is clear and the pump is running. I tested ph and the color looked like it was at 6.8. I have a TF100 kit on the way. My question is will the pool be ok until I get the test kit and can add chemicals on Friday? Should I do something in the interim? I should have gotten the test kit first but I just did not know. I don't want to mess anything up.

    Also concerning the TFPC method:

    Is there an order in which I should be adding chemicals? It seems like one thing effects another so I don't want to just add everything all at once and screw it up.

    Thanks all.

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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Please add your location (City, State or City, Country) to your profile and pool details to your signature as described HERE as it will help us help you.

    You can just add about 2-3ppm of FC every day until you have a test kit. Depending on the pool's size, blindly dumping in 3 gallons of bleach may not have been a very good idea.
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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Sorry about that - fixed my sig. I thought the amount would be ok based upon what I use for my well water chlorinator. I hope it's okay. You think I should still be adding more on top of that?
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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Do not add any more bleach. Likely you have added about 20ppm of FC with those 3 bottles.
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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    D'oh! Thanks for helping this Noob. Love pools but have never owned one. Really fortunate to have this site and your help.

    Edit: Also when I test will I be testing in PPM? When I look at the pool calculator it just has 4.
    Pool - Vinyl AG between 10,620 and 12,000 gallons depending on calculation I use (15x30x4)
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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by dabills View Post
    Also when I test will I be testing in PPM? When I look at the pool calculator it just has 4.
    Yes, the results will be PPM
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    Re: Just opened pool, waiting on test kit, advice needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post

    Hope you are reading these valuable links offered to you while you are waiting for your kit.
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