So we were considering selling our house and cashing in on the stellar buyer's market but then we realized how much it costs to move so.......
we built a pool instead!!!! Here are the pictures of our new pool - http://picasaweb.google.com/tengage/pool#. The pool was filled two days ago (4/28) and I had my pool school today. We're in the Dallas area.
The pool has Pentair stuff, a suntouch, a legend cleaner, a rainbow in-line chlorinator, a paramount clear O3 ozone generator, and a pentair 4x160 with the suction shutoff VFSRS whatever, and a 520 filter. I have a really basic (Deluxe apartment in the sky style) Pentair test kit (chlorine, PH, acid demand, and one other that I forgot). The Pool was built by Hobert pools, it's gunite / marble plaster, and about 7,500 gallons. The start-up guy was awesome but knew way more than me and I have some questions, maybe I should order a T100 and ask you guys daily what to do until I too am a comfortable pro but in the meantime;
For the startup, he poured a bunch of chlorine and a gallon of muriatic acid in the pool and did whatever else the pool guy does. Before he left, he showed me how to test the chlorine level on pool water and how to test PH using tap water and told me to get my water tested in 3 days by the pool supply store. Chlorine on the pool water was really high, dark yellow, over 5 and we didn't look at the PH of the pool because he just dumped a gallon of acid in the pool.
So I picked up 4 gallons of muriatic acid and some 3" tabs to go in the in-line chlorinator on my way home. I got home and try out the kit and I register NO chlorine on the test (or pale yellow - clear). I added a stack (8) of the tabs to my chlorinator and turned it up to the highest setting. I'm running the pump on high for 24h a day for 2 weeks.
The PH Test I ran was in the ideal range but I got the acid because he said the plaster is a base and will cause severe acid demand for a couple of weeks.
1. Why is my chlorine so low. Will it go up with just the combination of 3" tabs in the rainbow and a non-stop pump? If it's not up tomorrow should I add something else like granular or bleach or some of grandaddy's leftover mustard gas?
2. Is the chlorine drop like that (from 5 to 0 in 8 hours) normal in a new pool?
3. What do all you experts need to tell me (the new pool owner) that I can't live without? Are there more steps that I need to worry about on day 1? Is there more things I should be testing for or will the pool supply store do it right for now?
Thanks for the awesome forum. I plan on reading as much as possible tomorrow, and buying the T100 test kit.