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    What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    I found this source for a 50 lb bag of calcium chloride de-icing pellets. The label says it is 94-97%. With shipping the cost is less than $1/lb, the best I have found. Does it look safe for pools? Do I need to worry about what else might be in it? Just wanted opinions before I ordered. Thanks!

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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    I considered that for mine, but got nervous about the "other stuff" in there. If you can catch it on sale, you can usually get the hardness plus products from Leslie's or other pool stores for the same price, about $1 per pound. In fact, I recently got mine for under $1 per pound by simply asking for a discount, and that was from Leslie's!
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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH View Post
    I considered that for mine, but got nervous about the "other stuff" in there. If you can catch it on sale, you can usually get the hardness plus products from Leslie's or other pool stores for the same price, about $1 per pound. In fact, I recently got mine for under $1 per pound by simply asking for a discount, and that was from Leslie's!
    Thank you! Maybe I will try that at my local Leslies. It can't hurt!

    I found this same product on Amazon in a bucket (seems preferable to the bag for sealing purposes) but about $1.10/lb with shipping. Someone listed the chemical contents in the questions section. Does the "other stuff" look especially problematic so I should forego this product altogether?

    "The MSDS shows CHEMICAL ANALYSIS
    Specification, Typical
    Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) % 94 MIN, 94.0
    Alkali Chlorides (as NaCl) % 5 MAX, 4.0
    Magnesium (as MgCl2) % 0.02 MAX, 0.01
    Other impurities (except moisture) % 0.20 MAX, 0.10"
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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    This is what I used...same thing different brand. I was buying other stuff to get me over $50 for free shipping. No ill effects noted.

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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    Quote Originally Posted by bmoreswim View Post
    This is what I used...same thing different brand. I was buying other stuff to get me over $50 for free shipping. No ill effects noted.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Snow-Joe-M...ingMethod=p13n
    Perfect! Thank you. I'm sure I can find enough else to buy to get the free shipping.
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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    It's on clearance at Home Depot 50# for $13.90. I got this in the 25# bag, and it has a small amount of dolomite (CaCO3/MgCO3) for traction. It will eventually dissolve, or be vacuumed up.

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    The NaCl (table salt) is what bleach and muriatic acid eventually leave in the water, so not a problem.
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    Re: What do you think of this calcium chloride?

    Quote Originally Posted by VWFeature View Post
    It's on clearance at Home Depot 50# for $13.90. I got this in the 25# bag, and it has a small amount of dolomite (CaCO3/MgCO3) for traction. It will eventually dissolve, or be vacuumed up.

    Snow Joe 50 lb. Re-Sealable Bag Calcium Chloride Crystals Ice Melter-MELT50CC - The Home Depot

    The NaCl (table salt) is what bleach and muriatic acid eventually leave in the water, so not a problem.

    Thanks... It's helpful to have multiple options.
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