Hey guys, I've never posted here, but figured I would share what I've done for years as a way of adding chlorine cheaply...and without adding calcium -
- I mix X-amount of desired calcium hypochlorite in a 5 gallon bucket (with water, almost to top), then secure with lid and put in shaded area.
- Let sit for 24hrs.
- Calcium & chlorine essentially separate into white chalky liquid on the bottom and liquid chlorine on top
- The next evening, I siphon off the top portion (90%+ of top liquid) into another bucket and pour into deep end of pool.
- IMPORTANT! Do not move the bucket at all once separated as it will re-mix depending on how much you move it.
- (the siphoned liquid is a fairly clear, almost completely yellow, highly concentrated liquid chlorine)
- Discard the leftover calcium at the bottom of the original bucket on whatever neighbors' plants you do not like
- or maybe I'm not
I have cost compared using various chlorinating methods and this seems to be the most cost effective way of chlorinating my pool. It takes a little time, but if you're frugal like me...it's worth the extra time.