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    What Chlorine?

    I have an issue with high CYA. Just read the book on the Dichlor I use and it says includes stabilizer. What CL should I use to keep the FC correct but not add more stabilizer? I would prefer a powder and not have deal with liquid bottles.

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    Re: What Chlorine?

    Calcium Hypochlorite is commonly used but it comes with some baggage. If your CH is high already, it is a definite no-no. Even if your CH is not high Cal Hypo can easily cloud a pool and take some time to clear. It does not dissolve readily so it can lay on your pool floor for a while.

    It continually adds CH to your pool until your CH is too high.

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    Re: What Chlorine?

    The only other powder that doesn't have CYA in it has Calcium instead. Can your pool stand to have calcium added?

    Liquid chlorine adds only chlorine and a teeny bit of salt (not that you'd probably ever notice) so its the best bet, unless you wanted to use a Salt Water Chlorine Generator (SWG). Those are pretty darn convenient and no jug lugging!
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    Re: What Chlorine?

    Jug lugging. That sounds like some new official jargon!
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    Re: What Chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by GypsmJim View Post
    I have an issue with high CYA. Just read the book on the Dichlor I use and it says includes stabilizer. What CL should I use to keep the FC correct but not add more stabilizer? I would prefer a powder and not have deal with liquid bottles.
    None of us use bleach because we love to lug around heavy weights or get a kick out of the occasional bleach spot on our clothes
    We do it because the convenient solid chlorine products all carry unwelcome baggage with them. That is a fact of chemistry, not just somebody's arbitrary marketing decision (i.e. to get a solid material containing chlorine, you have to have another chemical in each molecule - they aren't just mixing two piles of dry powder together and packaging the result).

    I believe there is also a lithium hypochlorite product out there, but not much discussed - it is apparently very expensive.
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    Re: What Chlorine?

    RE: Jug lugging
    Really no big deal. I go out to the pool daily anyway to test and view my clear water
    Once the pool is stabilized most people add a portion of a jug daily, how much depends on CYA & strength of bleach/Liquid Chlorine. In my case it's about a half to a third of a gallon a day. I guess the only lugging i do is buying 3-4 case of LC to have a 4-6 week supply. I'm now a certified Bleach Bum.
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    Re: What Chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by EVChargeGuy View Post
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    Re: What Chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by singingpond View Post
    I believe there is also a lithium hypochlorite product out there, but not much discussed - it is apparently very expensive.
    Yep, Li-hypo is technically a viable solution. It is a solid form of chlorine that does not add calcium or CYA to the water. Pound for pound it is weaker than even the cheapest cal-hypo (4.2ppm/lb/10,000 gallons vs 5.7ppm/lb/10,000 gallons for 48% cal-hypo) and costs twice as much. So it is by far the least cost efficient option for chlorinating your pool. An SWG would be a better option.
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