After a year and 2 weeks, the pool's complete! It took 24 hours and 26,000 gallons to completely fill on Saturday 9/12/09. The Pebble Tec is beautiful!
The PB will maintain for the 1st month, but I have my TF 100 Test Kit and will be to monitoring, just in case. I used the 5 drop Taylor K-1000 Test Kit to test the fill water. The results were CL 1, Br 2, pH 7.8 and the filled pool tested the same. The next day, the pool tested Cl 1, Br 2, pH 8.0. I didn't add any chemicals since the PB will be maintaining. The pool temperature has been varying from 81-83 deg. during the day without solar.
The pool service guy showed up today 9/14/09 to start the pumps and hooked up the cleaner(Hayward Navigator). I wasn't home, but understand that he added 1 gallon of chlorine and some pool conditioner. We later ran the waterfall and the spa jets for about an hour. Tonight the chlorine/ bromine tested clear( I'm guessing it's Cl 0, Br 0) and the pH was 8.2.
If he doesn't show tomorrow, I think it's time for me to add some muriatic acid and more chlorine. I don't want things to get out of hand. Tomorrow, I'll try my hand at the TF-100 and post results. Oh yeah, I've been brushing twice a day and the water looks good so far.