New vinyl, new water, new SWG, need help

Ollie0925

Member
Apr 7, 2020
11
Salisbury, NC
Thanks in advance everyone. You guys are great. As above, new vinyl liner, new water, first time SWG. I’ve added baking soda, chlorine, CYA.
Tonights numbers:
FC 0.5. (FC 0 yesterday added a gallon to get to 3 ppm, 0.5 tonight so added 2 gallons)
CYA still 0 (Started in sock in skimmer yesterday, it’s hanging by return now)
pH 7.3
TA 60
CH 30
salt 200

Per your instructions I can add 2/3 salt now. Pool company that installed liner and SWG left bags of what I thought was salt, which I’m sure I’m paying for, but it’s actually bags of something called Pristiva Activator. I’m having a heck of a time figuring out what‘s in that.
Is it ok to use or I should try to make them take it back and buy plain salt?
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
24,817
Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
Pristiva Activator is high proceed designer salt. It is regular salt with some added proprietary ingredients that they don;t disclose but I suspect are borates. It is ok to use if you don;t mind the price.

You can get high quality Mortons water softener salt for about $5.50/bag or Mortons pool salt at most Walmarts for $6.50/40 lbs bag.

Do you have a K-1766 Taylor Salt Test kit?

Add more liquid chlorine. Follow the FC/CYA Chart Never let your FC drop below the minimum. You should never get a FC of 0.5. Too high FC is better then too low. Get your FC up to around 6.

How much stabilizer have you added?
 

Ollie0925

Member
Apr 7, 2020
11
Salisbury, NC
Pristiva Activator is high proceed designer salt. It is regular salt with some added proprietary ingredients that they don;t disclose but I suspect are borates. It is ok to use if you don;t mind the price.

You can get high quality Mortons water softener salt for about $5.50/bag or Mortons pool salt at most Walmarts for $6.50/40 lbs bag.

Do you have a K-1766 Taylor Salt Test kit?

Add more liquid chlorine. Follow the FC/CYA Chart Never let your FC drop below the minimum. You should never get a FC of 0.5. Too high FC is better then too low. Get your FC up to around 6.

How much stabilizer have you added?
I suspect I’ve already bought the expensive designer salt unless I want to drive it an hour back to the pool company and try to get a refund. I haven’t got the final bill for the install yet. I’m glad it’s ok to use.
I do have a new Taylor salt test kit, it’s in the new kit I bought to refresh my test supplies for this year.
I added 2 lbs stabilizer in the sock to start as that is all I had, it didn’t dissolve in the skimmer last night so it’s in front of the return now and I will buy more tomorrow.
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
24,817
Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
How much Pristiva do you have?

You need about 650 lbs of salt to get to 3200 ppm.

2 lbs of stabilizer will bring your CYA up to 10 ppm. You need to add another 10 lbs of stabilizer to get your CYA around 60 ppm.

Get your FC up around 6 for now.