Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: 2nd year start up with intex 12x24x48 questions

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Albuquerque, NM

    2nd year start up with intex 12x24x48 questions

    Thanks to everyone on TFP our last summer as newbies was a success. As it doesn't get too cold here we did not take down our intex 12x24 pool this year but just drained it down to about a foot over the winter. After evaporation over the winter we are down to about 8 inches in the bottom. There is some algae and debris in it. So I'm trying to figure out how to start up this year. The hoses to the pump are very high on the pool wall. My thought is we clean and vacuum as much debris as we can and then start filling. Then, not sure of next steps. We need to slam as we do have algae but we won't have any CYA at all because this is mostly a refill. So I'm not sure what to do first when it's filled. Thanks for any help. We will get this someday.
    Jenn, From New Mexico
    8600 gal Intex 12x24x52 ultra rectangular pool, current filter: Sand Filter Pump with 1,600 gallon (6,056 L) per hour flow rate

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Richard320's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: 2nd year start up with intex 12x24x48 questions

    If it was me... I'd get a bucket and start bailing. Or borrow a sump pump. And use a push broom or something to move everything to one spot as it gets close and use a wet-n-dry shop vacuum to get rid of the last of it.

    Then I'd add a few inches of water and straighten the wrinkles out of the floor - unlike walled pools, you can do this - and fill it up.

    Once it's full and circulating and you know there are no leaks, take some readings and get to work adjusting pH. Add the CYA as soon as you're done with the pH adjustment. It takes a while to dissolve. When you have pH in range, take the chlorine up to shock level to kill any lingering algae spores.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts