New Pool-what should I do??


Well-known member
May 1, 2010
Near Nashville TN
I will be filling up my new 20x40 IG vinyl in a few days. i have an Autopilot SWG- what should I do on day one to start my chemicals-
I think I should add:

CYA to a level of around 60-70??
Bleach to start before salt kicks in- not sure how much
baking soda for PH?? Or borax??

Thanks for help


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Get a test kit quick, before you start adding water. If you know what the fill water contains, you'll have a pretty good idea of what you'll be needing before the first drop of water hits the vinyl.

Bookmark Pool Calculator. That and your test kit will be your best friends for a few days at least. has easy instructions that will tell you what to add when. Ignore the "temporary" part - it's the same process for you.


TFP Expert
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LifeTime Supporter
May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
Once you get a test kit, or if you can get a pool store to test your water for you, you should post a full set of water test results. Then we can give you specific recommendations of what to do.

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