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TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Welcome to the forum!

Can you give us more information by filling out your signature? 'Balanced' is a very general term. Depends greatly on what type of surface the pool is and what type of startup is being used.

Do you have your own test kit? Pool owner testing is the backbone to TFPC.

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


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TFP Guide
Jun 7, 2017
Damascus, MD
Depending on how your water started out as, you could be "balanced" in 2 days or so. CYA takes the longest to fully dissolve but if he is measuring and testing properly he should have put the right amount by weight initially. That goes for all the chemicals. You need your own tf-100 test kit asap.

Texas Splash

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TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
If this was a refill of your own Terry, I'd say you could have that water balanced in just a few hours (liquid gold stabilizer, bleach, and some acid perhaps). But since you are relying on a builder, most of whom use generic pool industry methods, then just "dump & go" with chemicals, it might take a few days. But like the others said, with your own TF-100, there is no guesswork. You'll know more abut your water after one test than the installer after a week. We sound repetitive at times, but the test kit is #1.