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    Water in, now what?

    Just turned off my well spicket, water is halfway up tile line...we have pebble sheen and my pool guy is coming on Tuesday to help walk us through, but I would like to have y'alls opinions before I have the talk with him so I have informed questions...

    It is well water, I did not test it, but when I sent it off to a local university last year it was in normal ranges for everything, nothing spiking anywhere...I am going to go through the pool school but wanted any pointers to what I really MUST be doing this first week...I don't plan to put salt into it until about 30 more days, I had read that the pebble stuff leaches stuff into the water and it takes a while to stabilize the alkalinity or something along those lines??

    Thanks for any help!


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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Water in, now what?

    With pebble sheen you definitely want to follow the builders advice about chemical balance for the first 30 days so you keep your warranty intact.

    The PH, TA, and CH levels are all going to be coming up on their own fairly rapidly for the next 30 days as the plaster cures, and more slowly for up to a month. I expect that the builder will add a lot of acid to bring the PH way down at some point soon and after it recovers from that you are going to want to keep a close eye on the PH and keep it below 8.0. The PH increase won't be as dramatic as it would be with a straight plaster pool, but it will still be pretty noticeable.

    You will probably want to use trichlor for the first month. Trichlor raises FC and CYA and lowers PH, all of which you want right now. After a month you can add salt and start using a SWG (I am assuming you have one).

    Do you have a good test kit?
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    Re: Water in, now what?

    Sadly, I do not even know what the difference b/w a good test or poor test kit would be, but I have neither in any case...can I get a kit here? I would love to support this site that has helped me immensely in my owner/builder route...thanks!!


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    Re: Water in, now what?

    Here's a link to Test Kits Compared in Pool School.

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    Re: Water in, now what?

    Welcome Tara I watched your pool build on the Garden Web Forum and I know that you are relieved that it is complete. There are a lot of great people here to help you take care of it. Read Pool School at least 3 times so that you can get an understanding how all the chemicals work together
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    Re: Water in, now what?

    You "MUST" go out on the lovely paver deck and stare at it and smile, at least once a day.
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