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    Here we go!

    We ordered all of the 'stuff' and I read through pool school. This may become clear once we start the set-up, but I have some questions

    our set-up/order:
    Intex 13" x 39"
    upgrade to Intex 1,000 GPH pump
    upgrade to Intex small 7,000 Gallon saltwater system
    (ordered adapters for 1.25" hoses to 1.5" hoses)
    Complete test kit
    6 extra Type A filters
    skimmer and vacuum

    My plan is to set it up, fill with a small amount of garden hose water, jump in and smooth out the bottom, then continue to fill.
    Sound ok?
    Do these pools come with the instructions on exact chemicals needed for our size pool?
    How much sand do you think we will need? and where do you all buy your sand?

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    forgot to ask, do you guys put anything under your pools other than the plastic tarp that is included?

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    Re: Here we go!

    Sounds about right except the chemicals. That's what TFP is for! Welcome. Order a recommended test kit right away (link below). Why? Because we've all learned (from personal experience) you cannot reply on pool store tests, test strips, or simple over-the-counter kits. They don't read Free Chlorine (FC) or Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels accurately or to the high levels we need.

    Once you get water up to the skimmer, check back and we'll tell you water to do initially.

    Also, to save you from re-typing, please add your pool info to your signature by going to the top of the TFP web page (just under the Pool School button) and select "SETTINGS". On the next page look to the left for a menu bar that says, “MY SETTINGS” and go to "EDIT SIGNATURE" to enter your pool and equipment info there. It will help us later. Welcome!

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    Re: Here we go!

    please check out my install. It includes photos. Me and my mom did it all ourselves. We put the pink insulation board under our tarp and it is wonderful. Good Luck!!
    12x24x52 Rectangle Intex Ultra Frame AGP with 1,600 gal. per hour Krystal clear sand filter and saltwater system combo pump.

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    Re: Here we go!

    Great job!

    and thanks for the info! This is all VERY new to me and there is a lot of info here, so I will be sure to read (but will probably still have questions. lol)

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    Re: Here we go!

    Congrats on the new pool!

    Get one of the Recommended Test Kits, I use the TF100 from tftestkits.net.

    Here are some of my fave Pool School articles to get you started with water care
    TFPC for Beginners
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry

    Here are the Recommended Levels for your pool.
    Here are the Recommended Pool Chemicals and how to add them.
    Use PoolMath to figure out how much to add.
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