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Thread: Best chemical brand

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    Jul 2015
    Grand Rapids/ Michigan

    Best chemical brand

    OK, so I am sure that this question has probably been asked before, but I am curious if anyone has a "go to" brand for their chemicals? I live in Grand Rapids Michigan, and there are a few different pools stores around here, but the closest is Leslie and Acme Pools (private owned). Leslie obviously sells their own brand, and I usually go to them because their prices are usually fairly good, but I'm curious what everyone else does. I was looking at amazon to see what their prices were, and just got a little overwhelmed with all the brands. The main things I am looking for is powdered shock and tablets. I know that tablets put CYA into the pool, but seeings we only have our pool open May-September, we do not have the issue with it, as we have to empty a good part out anyways, so the CYA stays low enough not to bother it. I also like buying the powdered shock in the buckets, as it seems to be cheaper AND the pool shed is way out back, so the less trash I have to worry about, the best! Thanks for your input!

    24' round, 52inch deep (approx 15k gal), AG, Vinyl, Hayward sand filter (200lbs sand) and hayward power flo matrix pump, Pool was installed april 2012, automatic kontiki 2 pool cleaner and dome solar heater with solar cover (bubble cover).

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    Jun 2014
    Long Island, NY

    Re: Best chemical brand

    Brand is irrelevant, Content is determining factor
    IG Tear Drop, Dark Gray Gunite , 27,000 gallons -Age 50+-years, very old Hayward Split Egg Sand Filter with side mount Multi-port- Hayward SP2600VSP Pump- Hayward chlorine feed (not used since finding TFP) - Laars 315K BTU Oil heater- LoopLoc Safety cover- AquaBot RAPIDS 4WD- TF-100 Test Kit w/ Speedstir- 390 Gal Hot Springs Spa Envoy installed May 2017

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    Jun 2009
    NW Ohio

    Re: Best chemical brand

    Just make sure the tablets are mostly pure trichlor. No zinc or copper or anything else added. Wouldn't bother with powder shock, liquid chlorine is as cost effective without adding calcium or CYA.

    Whether you are using tablets or not you don't need to regularly shock if you are maintaining proper FC levels.

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