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    Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Hi guys...can anyone I the Chicago area point me in the right direction of a good/cheap source of calcium?

    I can't find any of the products that are recommended in the pool school article, and it seems like all of the ice melt products here have lots of added other stuff in it (magnesium, etc.)

    I found a Morton's ice melt that was a combination of calcium chloride and sodium chloride, so I bought that, but when I opened the bag, it was pretty much all salt with a touch of calcium sprinkled in.

    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Ok, given no takers, can anyone anywhere point me in the right direction for cheap calcium out of a 40lb bag? Preferably from a national big box.

    They don't do a good job of putting the specific ingredients on the label, so I want to make sure I'm buying the right stuff.
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    At another TFPer's recommendation I ordered this online:
    Snow Joe MELT Calcium Chloride Pellets Ice Melter (50 lb. Resealable Bag) MELT50CCP - Walmart.com

    I found other things to order to give me free shipping.

    It was not packed very well so the bag has a hole in it, so I will need to put the extra in a sealable bucket. I haven't used it yet, but the person who did noted no ill effects in his pool.
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Get Morton Safe-T-Power Ice and Melt from Amazon. It's 100% Calcium Chloride.
    http://www.amazon.com/Morton-Safe-T-...-garden&sr=1-1

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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Thanks. Your posts gave me the aha! moment of not searching for ice melt and reading labels, but instead simply searching for "calcium chloride." Home Depot has a clearance sale on big bags, so problem solved. Thanks.
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    As an aside, the Home Depot sale is in the Snow Joe that Jamie mentioned above.
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    looking for some calcium also, found this from ULINE, would appreciate someone look it over and give opinion if OK to use $20 plus shipping, $22.48 here in ATL or $25 will call (which i think is crazy)

    ULINE - Shipping Boxes, Shipping Supplies, Packaging Materials, Packing Supplies

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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Just bought 50lbs from Home Depot for $11. Free shipping for store pickup.
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    Re: Need a good calcium source in the Chicago area

    Quote Originally Posted by Smykowski View Post
    Just bought 50lbs from Home Depot for $11. Free shipping for store pickup.
    Snow Joe 50 lb. Re-Sealable Bag Premium Enviro-Blend Ice Melter with CMA-MELT50EB - The Home Depot

    $8.20/50 lb bag - wow

    I already ordered the $4/9lb Mortons stuff off amazon
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