Started today...its full 12-2-19

JakeP5253

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Aug 29, 2019
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It will be scraped off...but in this area it isn't as big of a deal as in some places....the only topsoil here is what I brought in to grow grass. I can take a finger and scrape down to hard clay.
 

JakeP5253

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Mississippi
how long after plaster is applied is it ok for the pool to sit empty? I have read where you don't want water in it before 6 hrs...but is there a limit on it sitting empty?
 

kimkats

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Some pools have sat overnight and into the next day. I don't know for sure how long is too long. You are safer due to cooler temps than if it were summer.
 

ajw22

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how long after plaster is applied is it ok for the pool to sit empty? I have read where you don't want water in it before 6 hrs...but is there a limit on it sitting empty?
There is no finite cutoff for "too long".

Letting new plaster sit for 6 hours before water is added lets it harden before being submerged in water, because it is very easy to dissolve the surface of fresh unhardened or uncured cement/plaster. If you fill the pool with a garden hose it can take 24 to 48 hours before the lower areas and steps get under water.

Once the plaster hardens after a few hours it can begin shrinking and can develop spider cracks. How long depends on the temperature and sun on exposed plaster.

You can read the discussion in New plaster on renovated pool- when to refill?

Why do you ask?
 

JakeP5253

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Aug 29, 2019
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Mississippi
we are plastering tomorrow...but PB has a couple of things to finish up before we fill. he said we will probably fill on Monday. My gut says it will be fine, just checking with you guys
 

YippeeSkippy

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Wow....that's some Alkaline water!..... s'ok, you can easily work on that while you're lowering that pH with Muriatic Acid. Did they give you a start up guide?

Put 30ppm of CYA in there and some liquid chlorine. Use the Non-SWG recommended levels of the FC/CYA guide.

Then you're going to want to add some Calcium to get it up to 250 at least.

Maddie :flower:
 

YippeeSkippy

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Don't forget- whatever you do- DO NOT turn off that water until entirely filled. Otherwise you risk an interruption ring in the surface that you won't be able to remove easily

Maddie :flower:
 

YippeeSkippy

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Wow... I'd have sworn the water line was below the skimmer box in that pic. :scratch:

Ok...good that all is working and brushing can be a very contemplative time.

Maddie :flower:
 

S-Merry

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It's the reflection (look at the flamingo float) - makes it look like the skimmer is completely open, because it's reflecting the open top half on the the water. Ours does that sometimes too, usually sending me outside to double check.

Gorgeous pool - congratulations! 🎉