We just had our 27' round above ground pool installed this week and as of yesterday evening it is full and the pump is on, yippie. I was wondering what to do for chemical balance for new pools. I order the pool test kit recommended on the site here. I tested the water with the test strips it came with and the ph level was high (so I added some PH down that came with the pool), the chlorine was non existent (as expected). Do I balance the PH first than the total alkalinity and than chlorine? I have a cartage based filter with one of those automatic chlorinator, should I put chlorine pack in now or wait till the PH and alkalinity are in balance? Sorry for all the questions and thanks for the help.