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    A few questions

    Hello everyone!

    If anyone could answer a few questions I have it would be greatly appreciated!!!!

    First.. our pool is now being filled. We are at the 36 hour mark right now and it is still not finished. My husband set his alarm for 3am to check on the progress. We are so excited to get our water bill next month

    How do I figure out how many gallons our pool is??

    I know there is an answer to this next question somewhere in this forum but what sort of test kit should we purchase? Any recommendations?

    We were told to brush the pool 3 times a day and it will be a month before it can be heated or switched to salt water. Is there anything else we should be doing?
    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: A few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by jennybug35
    How do I figure out how many gallons our pool is??

    I know there is an answer to this next question somewhere in this forum but what sort of test kit should we purchase? Any recommendations?

    We were told to brush the pool 3 times a day and it will be a month before it can be heated or switched to salt water. Is there anything else we should be doing?
    Hi Jenny - There are at least 3 different ways to measure gallons of water in your pool presented in this thread: Estimating a free form pool volume

    An overview of recommended test kits is found here. Unless you have an exceptionally well-stocked pool store in your area your best bet is to buy a kit using internet/mail order... Leslie's sells K-2006 on-line but they stock the less-respected K-2005 in their stores. Spspools-spas.com and PoolCenter.com have superior pricing for the K-2006. TFTestkits.net has a more elaborate kit with competitive pricing and, last time I checked, very fair shipping costs.

    Finally, besides following whatever the pool builder has asked you to do in the first days and weeks, do read this fine and comprehensive article from Pool School, entitled, Start-up New Plaster
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    Re: A few questions

    Hi Jennybug,

    Ditto what Polyvue said. That's good info.

    Also, if you are on city water, you might want to check with your water service and make sure that they aren't doing sewer averaging right now. Most municipal water services do sewer averaging during the winter to determine what to charge you for sewer use throughout the year. If you fill a pool during this time, it can throw those numbers off and you can end up paying more for sewer on your water bill. If they are doing sewer averaging right now, all it usually takes is for you to contact them and write them a letter or something stating the fact that your are doing a pool fill and they will subtract the gallons off of the average.
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    Re: A few questions

    WooHoo!!!! Congrats!!!

    I'll agree on not adding salt for at least 30 days (60 is even better!), but you can use the spa (heat) after a week. Do they really think you are going to look at that beautiful pool and spa and not want to use it for a month??!

    Post up pics when it is full and sparkling!!!!

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    Re: A few questions

    Thank you all for your help!! I'm soaking all of this information up.

    In one week we will so be using that spa.. Here are a few pictures I took today. The water is pretty cloudy but I love the color! We went with medium grey plaster.




    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: A few questions

    Your pool looks like a resort
    5,775 gal, IG free form, Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish, 2 swim out benches, Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues, StaRite Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter replaced with Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15, Polaris 360, Pentair 300w Light upgraded to Pentair IntelliBrite (OMG what a huge difference) , Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers, solar cover, TF-100 test kit, Pentair Deck Jet, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer (Makes testing a breeze), Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Margarita Concoction Machine,
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    Re: A few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by jennybug35
    In one week we will so be using that spa..
    Hate to be the bearer of bad news.... please do a Google Search (bottom left corner) of "New Plaster Break In" and read the various topics.

    I fear using the spa so soon you may be risking damage to your spas' surface.... as it's only been a week or so of filling, the plaster surface is likely not cured enough.

    Others will correct me if I'm wrong....
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    Re: A few questions

    Thanks!!

    I'd rather wait a month to start up the spa! It's winter and we are soooo busy as it is. If waiting to start up the spa is what we need to do that is fine. Brushing this pool three times a day is not easy! PHEW!! It's HUGE.
    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: A few questions

    But great for the biceps and shoulders....
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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    Re: A few questions

    It sure is!!!!! Great workout

    It's also a great choir for my kids
    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: A few questions

    Jenny-

    I've been building pools for almost 15 years and plastering them for 6 of them. Give it a week to cure and fire up that spa and enjoy!! You've waited all this time and gone through the process, it is now time to relax and

    By the way, it looks absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!

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