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    chlorine Dilemma

    I know this has been discussed numerous times and I tried searching the forums to get a clear answer but just wanted some advice. I have a hayward chlorinator sitting in my garage waiting to be installed but then I stopped by my local pool store and noticed these 3" chlorine tabs wrapped in plastic with a hole in the middle. Supposedly they are safe to drop in the skimmer since they are slow dissolving. From what I read putting chlorine tablets in a skimmer is a big no no due to the acidity and degrading parts over time. Just wanted to know if anyone has ever used these slow dissolving tablets in the skimmer. All the posts I read were from a few years ago and was wondering if this is something new that I can just drop in the skimmer and not have to worry about or is installing that chlorinator the better option. I understand a lot of people are not fans of chlorine tablets due to CYA increasing over time and would probably recommend a SWG. But right now my only options are these chlorine tablets. Currently I'm using two big floaters but I feel my pool is not getting enough FC because last time I tested it was very low. Would like any advice from the pool veterans.
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    Re: chlorine Dilemma

    I would say no to tabs in the skimmer, but then again I would say no to a tab chlorinator. Both are going ot add way too much CYA for the average pool to have in a season.
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    Re: chlorine Dilemma

    All trichlor tablets are slow dissolving.

    What is your CYA level?
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    Re: chlorine Dilemma

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    All trichlor tablets are slow dissolving.

    What is your CYA level?
    Its pretty low. Its around 30ppm
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    Re: chlorine Dilemma

    Up there, with short season, rain, etc ... I would just install the chlorinator and run with it (monitor CYA for if you need to switch to bleach).
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    Re: chlorine Dilemma

    I guess this is what I will go with. The chlorinator seems like a simple install but I'm a little confused as to where to drill the hole for the inlet tubing. I have posted my setup below and have marked where I plan to put the outlet but would appreciate any help on where to put the inlet piping. I will post more photos later if I can after work of my setup.

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