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    A little about myself...

    I grew up in Northern Wisconsin in the sixties. My parent's house had an in ground pool when we moved in and i became the most popular kid in the neighborhood come summertime. This behemoth was 20' x 40' and eight feet deep. it was usually ice-free about this time of year and the water probably never got much above the mid seventies even in the hottest part of summer. The contractor that built it kept a lot of the shade trees around it because they looked nice. Still, I learned how to swim like a fish and helped my dad with pool maintenance. We had a big sand filter and all plumbing was above ground so we could drain it completely before each winter.

    I now live in Florida and somehow bought a lovely house without a pool. A total coin flip from back up north. Anyway, until I hit the lottery or something lands in my lap, an AGP is the way we keep cool. This year I decided to go all out and buy the biggest pool that would fit within the screen enclosure on our lanai. Previously we had bought the quick set, rubber donut style pools, but were unsatisfied with the depth and available swim area.

    We erected/assembled the pool per instructions, filled it, constructed the inside stairs and got the filter/pump running. I ordered a saltwater system from Walmart.com and it should vbe here in a week or so. My question is, should I add shock or any other chemicals until I get the saltwater system up and running? I fear 7-10 days in this 90+ degree weather will allow too much algae growth if I do nothing. Opinions?

    Thanks in advance,
    Tommy

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    Re: A little about myself...

    Hay BadCattitude!

    I too grew up in Wisconsin. Lived in Cottage Grove and Middleton. Do you miss it? I miss the Food joints I went to. Have fun!
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Hi, welcome to TFP! Absolutely get started on those pool chemicals. Until the SWG arrives use regular unscented chlorine bleach to sanitize your pool. PoolMath will tell you how much bleach to add. Also you should buy enough CYA to raise the stabilizer level to 60-70ppm. You can get stabilizer at the Walmart. Add it to the pool buy putting it in a clean white sock and dropping it into the skimmer basket or hang it over the side of the pool in front of the return flow. Give the sock a few good squeezes every day to help it dissolve faster. You can also go ahead and get started on adding salt. PoolMath will tell you how much CYA and salt you need.

    I also recommend a high quality FAS/DPD test kit such as a Taylor K2006 or a TF 100 . A good test kit is an investment in your pool and will reward you with accurate test results you need to keep your water sparkling!
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Welcome to TFP Tommy!

    Enjoy the forums...
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    Welcome to TFP
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Thank you for the warm welcome and helpful info!
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Welcome to TFP! As already mentioned you should get a good test kit and then it will be easier to know what to add.
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Welcome to TFP!

    Check this article about Test Kit Comparison and get one. My preference is the TF100 from tftestkits.net.

    Here are some intro Pool School articles to read while you wait for your test kit
    TFPC for Beginners
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry

    Here is the Water Balance for a SWCG pool.
    Here are the Recommended Pool Chemicals to maintain your pool and how to add them.
    Use PoolMath to figure out how much to add.
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    Re: A little about myself...

    Welcome to the forum! You've been given some great advice already.
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    Welcome! How's the pool coming along? Hopefully clean and clear!
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