Pool filled Tuesday. No help from PB.

kasino08

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Jul 21, 2019
11
Tampa, FL
Hello all,
Plaster was sprayed on Tuesday and the pool was partially fired up on Wednesday. The service tech was unable to come out for fire up, so the project manager came out and just “winged it”. My pump schedule wasn’t even running properly and my skimmer is completely clogged with rocks. Now the PB isn’t answering my calls and they go on Christmas break next week. Our pool school is scheduled for December 30th, which I feel like is long time away with our equipment not even running properly. Also, he did a real crappy job of explaining what I need to be doing in the mean time. My PB has been terrible with scheduling and communication throughout our whole process. So frustrating!

Anyways.. I’ve read most of the beginner articles and just ordered the TF-100 kit earlier today. I plan taking a water sample to my local pool store tomorrow to at least get some kind of reading till I get my kit in the mail. I hoping to at least get a handle on the pH, CH and TA. I set my pump to run 24 hours a day and have been brushing twice a day. Not sure what I can do about the rocks in the skimmer pipe. Is there anything else I should be doing till my PB gets back to me?

Sorry for the long rant. I appreciate all of your feedback. I will add my pool info to my signature but in the meantime here it is.

8800 gallon IG Plaster/Pebble
Jandy Variable Pump
Jandy C.S. Cartridge Filter
 

Jimrahbe

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Jul 7, 2014
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If possible you should remove any rocks, or chunks of plaster, from inside the skimmer or in the skimmer pipes.. If the rocks are small enough to get into the pipes at the bottom of the skimmer, you need to get them out. You do not want them to start traveling down the pipes..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

kasino08

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Jul 21, 2019
11
Tampa, FL
Unfortunately, the rocks are too far down the pipe to use my hands.. When I get home later today, I’ll try to use a shop vac to suck some of the rocks out. Hopefully it works! 🤷‍♂️
 

Rocket J Squirrel

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If the shop vac doesn't do the job, try a Drain King pushing the water from the pump end back out into the skimmer. Drain Kings come in a range of sizes, so you'll need to determine the right size to fit your plumbing. But get those rocks out ASAP before other stuff lodges behind them and completely clogs your pipes.

Re the plaster chemistry, your most important job is to keep the pH within range, i.e., below 8. It will climb constantly for months and you'll have to keep knocking it down with muriatic acid. This is normal and expected with new plaster.
 

kasino08

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Jul 21, 2019
11
Tampa, FL
Thank you everybody! PB came by and took care of the skimmer problem. They put some more chemicals in and also put chlorine tablets in the skimmer. Hopefully I’ll get my test kit soon so I can get a hold of the levels.
 

Jimrahbe

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This just shows you what your pool builder knows... You should never put tablets in the skimmer baskets... It is not a big deal for a week or so, but over the long haul, it will cause your baskets to just fall apart.. Also if you turn your pump off, it will allow the suction pipe to fill with very acid water...

Sigh!!

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

kasino08

Member
Jul 21, 2019
11
Tampa, FL
I removed the pucks from the skimmer and put them in a floater for yesterday. I plan to do liquid chlorine once my tf-100 arrives tomorrow. Hoping my levels aren’t too crazy. I’ll post the results. Thanks everybody.