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    Alternative care method

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    I must be lazier than most of the folks here.

    Winter Spring and Fall, I put 3 gals. of Chlorine in every Monday.
    In Summer, I put in 3 gals. in on Monday and 2 gals. in on Thursday.
    Once a month I test and to see where I am and make an adjustment.
    No problems.

    When ever I make a Home Depot run for something, I bring home enough Chlorine to top off my par of 10 cases (rotating of course).

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    Re: Alternative care method

    Every pool is different in how it "maintains" itself, but for most people this method of pool care would be problematic. I will use my pool as an example, if I don't test and adjust pH every few days it would be through the roof.

    Monthly testing just allows too much time between tests for something to go wrong.
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    Re: Alternative care method

    While certainly easier, this method is not reliably safe for swimmers, equipment or pool surface.

    The methods taught on this site are based on timely, accurate testing and using that knowledge to control pool chemistry with regular dosing. Take what you will from it and use it but I would not recommend the method you describe here to anyone. I'd say if you were testing more frequently, at least before each time you add chlorine, it might be a good compromise for those that cannot test more often and know their chlorine demand from experience with more frequent testing initially.
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    Re: Alternative care method

    While it's possible to front-load your chlorine level high enough at the beginning of the week so that it will still be acceptable up until you add more, it is a waste of bleach, as it will burn off much quicker as it gets higher and higher above the target levels listed in the CYA chart and that chlorine is not bound to the CYA.

    If you have limited access to the pool, and don't want a salt system, then perhaps this method would be a compromise, or perhaps the extra cost of bleach is worth it to you to not have to pour out bleach every night....but it certainly more expensive and potentially damaging to components, swim suits, etc.
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    Re: Alternative care method

    All that extra chlorine higher than your CYA level requires is just burning off that much faster. Lazy has a price! All that extra FC also is harder on swim suits and such.
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    Re: Alternative care method

    Quote Originally Posted by Philo View Post
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    I must be lazier than most of the folks here.

    Winter Spring and Fall, I put 3 gals. of Chlorine in every Monday.
    In Summer, I put in 3 gals. in on Monday and 2 gals. in on Thursday.
    Once a month I test and to see where I am and make an adjustment.
    No problems.

    When ever I make a Home Depot run for something, I bring home enough Chlorine to top off my par of 10 cases (rotating of course).

    20160216_110122.jpg
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