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    A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Why has thiis never happen to him????
    2. Trichlor - Commonly sold as tablets or pucks that you simply put into an automatic container that passes pool water over them and they slowly dissolve - putting chlorine and CYA into your water and lowers the pH. They are incredibly convenient and incredibly insidious. The CYA that they put into your pool water doesn't get used up, and instead accumulates. Eventually the CYA level will build up to a point that renders your chlorine ineffective. Typically, everything is fine, until one day you start to develop algae and don't understand why.

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    He visits his his second home about every three weeks and has never had a single issue with algae.

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Luck and highly dependent on the location and type of pool. Their pool also may claim to have never had an issue, but I doubt it and their water has never been as safe or as clear as a TFP managed pool.

    We'd need more information on the type of pool and specifics on how it's managed. Most of the time, people who get away with using pucks for long periods actually replace large amounts of water as part of the local weather or seasonal closing/opening cycles.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    P.C Beach FL and he has a concrete pool. He also has major OCD about cleanliness. I switched to bleach a couple of years ago after joining this site and have had good success.The only thing is the jugs are a pain.

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    I can speak of why he has had such good luck--------------RAIN! Major rain all of the time in that/this part of the world.

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Does he ever drain and refill his pool?
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    No operates his pool year round

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    meh everyone has different standards, its most likely weather related luck / use of additional products.

    Also, it's like the guy that says his car has been super reliable for xxx miles except for that one time the engine blew up ..oh and when the door fell off.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    The only issue he has ever had is when his chorinator became clogged.

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    I will double check to make sure he never partially drains his pool.

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by jdray69 View Post
    The only issue he has ever had is when his chorinator became clogged.
    I mean growing up my dad always used pucks...it was mostly OK and it worked..but my pool looks much better than his ever did.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montu View Post
    meh everyone has different standards, its most likely weather related luck / use of additional products.

    Also, it's like the guy that says his car has been super reliable for xxx miles except for that one time the engine blew up ..oh and when the door fell off.
    Not this guy

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montu View Post
    I mean growing up my dad always used pucks...it was mostly OK and it worked..but my pool looks much better than his ever did.
    +1. but it did have a much more noticeable "chlorine" smell going on than mine now, and it looks a bit cloudy in comparison. But still swimmable.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    I think Kim might have part of the story ... If there is a lot of rain, he may not be actively partially draining the pool, but there is likely an overflow that results in water replacement.

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    A quick google shows that Panama City averages roughly 5" of rain per month ... that is around 10% water replacement every month.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeChris View Post
    +1. but it did have a much more noticeable "chlorine" smell going on than mine now, and it looks a bit cloudy in comparison. But still swimmable.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I think Kim might have part of the story ... If there is a lot of rain, he may not be actively partially draining the pool, but there is likely an overflow that results in water replacement.

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    A quick google shows that Panama City averages roughly 5" of rain per month ... that is around 10% water replacement every month.
    I've seen this logic a lot regarding Florida pools. Wouldn't the pool builders or pool owners of Florida compensate by keeping the water level lower? Or do they just accept "overflowing pool" as a way of pool-owning life?
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Brother in law has the same luck! Has used pucks for 15-20 years and never tests his water, throws in a box of baking soda occasionally but doesn't know why. His pool set up is same as mine but a tad smaller. He manually vacs and his pool stays crystal clear. I stopped trying to understand it although I do have a strong desire to sneak over in the middle of the night to nab a water sample.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    We know and plan for the rain........inground pools should have a overflow grate/pipe. My above ground we just watch the rain fall and pull water as needed. When we leave for a weekend we lower the water for just in case as 10% chance of rain means it WILL rain! LOL

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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeChris View Post
    I've seen this logic a lot regarding Florida pools. Wouldn't the pool builders or pool owners of Florida compensate by keeping the water level lower? Or do they just accept "overflowing pool" as a way of pool-owning life?
    Either way they are replacing water. If there is rain coming, and they intentionally lower the water level, when the rain fills it back up, the CYA will be lower. Or they can passively let an overflow handle it, which may not lower the CYA quite as much, especially if the pump is not running.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    In August when it rains almost everyday, the water level of my pool easily becomes level with the deck, sometimes overflowing. I will drain the pool back down to skimmer level. However, when this is done, the CYA and calcium levels drop. This past summer my CYA dropped from 40 to 20. I bet this is how your friend gets away with using the pucks.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Either way they are replacing water. If there is rain coming, and they intentionally lower the water level, when the rain fills it back up, the CYA will be lower. Or they can passively let an overflow handle it, which may not lower the CYA quite as much, especially if the pump is not running.
    well if the pool raises 4 inches to the lip and just evaporates back, down, they didn't change the CYA level. So I'm wondering if they are pre-emptively draining before storms (which would have the greatest effect of diluting) or if they are draining back down from the ledge, which is less effective, but still diluting. just curious.
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    Re: A friend of mine has a second home and has used the puck method for 12 years.

    I ask him and he has never drained his pool at all.

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