Brand New Pool - what chemicals first?

Stealth Pool

New member
Mar 8, 2019
3
Tennessee
Hi everyone,

We just had a brand new semi-inground Stealth Pool installed. It is oval shaped 18’ x 33’. The walls are 52” tall. It is the same depth all the way across - the water will be ~ 48” deep. We have a cartridge filter system. We are planning on using chlorine tablets for sanitation.

We are filling up the pool for the very first time as I am typing this message.

My question is, once the pool is full. What are the first steps I should do in terms of chemicals?

We live in the Middle Tennessee area.

Thank you.
 

mknauss

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
May 3, 2014
13,834
Laughlin, NV
Welcome to the forum!
Can you fill our your signature? Our responses depend on what surface type the pool is constructed with, though I would guess it is Vinyl.

The first thing you need is a proper test kit. We suggest the TF100. You need to order that or the Taylor K2006C now.

In the interim, add enough liquid chlorine or bleach to get to 3 ppm FC. Use PoolMath. Place 30 ppm worth of Cyanuric Acid granules in a sock and dissolve it into the water.
Add the CYA by using what we call the sock method. Get an old sock (no holes) and put the measured amount of CYA you need. Tie the sock closed and either suspend it in front of a return (hang it from your brush pole works with something weighted on the deck) OR if it still allows flow thru the skimmer, place the sock in the skimmer. Every 15/20 minutes give the sock a squeeze to speed up the process. Please DO NOT follow the directions on the container of CYA to just pour it into the skimmer and don't just toss the sock in the pool as the CYA is acidic and can bleach/stain pool finishes.

Start with that and then when you get your test kit, post up the full set of results.

I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry and consider reviewing the entire Pool School eBook.
 

Stealth Pool

New member
Mar 8, 2019
3
Tennessee
Welcome to the forum!
Can you fill our your signature? Our responses depend on what surface type the pool is constructed with, though I would guess it is Vinyl.

The first thing you need is a proper test kit. We suggest the TF100. You need to order that or the Taylor K2006C now.

In the interim, add enough liquid chlorine or bleach to get to 3 ppm FC. Use PoolMath. Place 30 ppm worth of Cyanuric Acid granules in a sock and dissolve it into the water.
Add the CYA by using what we call the sock method. Get an old sock (no holes) and put the measured amount of CYA you need. Tie the sock closed and either suspend it in front of a return (hang it from your brush pole works with something weighted on the deck) OR if it still allows flow thru the skimmer, place the sock in the skimmer. Every 15/20 minutes give the sock a squeeze to speed up the process. Please DO NOT follow the directions on the container of CYA to just pour it into the skimmer and don't just toss the sock in the pool as the CYA is acidic and can bleach/stain pool finishes.

Start with that and then when you get your test kit, post up the full set of results.

I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry and consider reviewing the entire Pool School eBook.
Hi, thanks for responding so quickly. I am brand new to using this forum. I found The Pool Math app which linked me to this forum. I created a profile on the Pool Math App. Is there a profile I need to create on this too?

I look forward to being a part of this group, never participated in a chat group before. I guess I need a little technical help with how to get set up correctly
 

mknauss

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
May 3, 2014
13,834
Laughlin, NV
Fill out your signature. You put 'Not very tech savvy' in there. Just fill it out to the best of your ability. Use mine as a guide.
 

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