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    Observations from a Rookie

    As the title implies I am new to pools having finished our pool in February of this year, but I wanted to share some observations with the crowd and maybe get some insight maybe share some insight.

    1. I started off chlorinating with a 50lbs bucket of Tricolor until my CYA reached 40 then switched to Liquid Chlorine 10% which I obtain from Walmart for $2.50 per gallon. Cheapest I could find around here. I also use Borates.

    2. Since then I am noticing with the brutal sun that I am dumping 1/2 Gallon per day (sound about right experts?) to maintain 3-4ppm

    Cost Analysis

    Using Liquid Chlorine

    $1.35 roughly after tax per day x 365 = $492.75 per year or $41 per month roughly

    If I had continued use of TriChlor

    InTheSwim = $108 for 50lbs which lasted 2 months

    Cost per month $54

    Some have asked which is cheaper and they are close upfront in my observation but TriChlor will end up costing you more. Which is easier? Neither! Keep in mind you either put up with having to monitor your CYA and empty 50% every year and then spend more money rebalancing all your chemicals or just deal with the hassle of adding chlorine every day.

    Note: I shock with Liquid Chlorine as well. I do keep some CalHypo and some TriChlor around for when I am on vacation.

    My current readings

    ALK 90
    PH 7.5
    FCL 4
    CAL 200
    CYA 40

    Hope this Rookie didn't muddy the water. I try to research the heck out of things before getting into something. Plus I love testing water I have aquariums and YES my Fish are all alive.


    Enjoy the Hot Summer!
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    Re: Observations from a Rookie

    LOL glad all of the fishes are still alive! That IS a good thing!

    VERY interesting findings for sure!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kim
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    Re: Observations from a Rookie

    had calculation off. sorry. I noticed that and corrected.
    33' x 21' + SPA, Approx. 20k Gallon, Gunite, Freeform, Natural Rock Features, PebbleTec Tahoe Blue Plaster;
    Hayward SwimClear 425, 400k heater, EcoStar Variable Pump, 1.5h Booster Pump, Polaris 280 Cleaner, Autofill;

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    Re: Observations from a Rookie

    Its been quite a summer in Houston so far, from flood to furnace in the course of 4 weeks!
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    Re: Observations from a Rookie

    Great analysis, but I do have a couple comments:

    You say -
    Since then I am noticing with the brutal sun that I am dumping 1/2 Gallon per day (sound about right experts?) to maintain 3-4ppm
    With 40 CYA 3 is the absolute minimum you should ever have. You probably should target 5 or 6 to make sure you never drop below 3.

    You say -
    Note: I shock with Liquid Chlorine as well.
    Following TFP methods there is no need to "shock" your pool. If you are seeing algae, it is probably because of my first comment and you need to SLAM. If you are not seeing algae or experiencing high chlorine demand then there is no need to "shock". That is just wasted chlorine.
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