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    How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    I just found out the pool at the house I am buying is using baquacil instead of chlorine. I definitely want to convert it to chlorine, but trying to figure out if I should do it now or wait until the spring. It seems like from reading here that the conversion takes a long time. If I were to stay on top of it every 30 mins or hour except when I was sleeping, how quickly could I get it done?
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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    How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    It all depends on the Baquacil sanitizer level. If it's high, it can take up to a full week or more (with lots of babysitting) to make the conversion happen. You might be better off running out the season on Baquacil and just letting the sanitizer levels fall during the winter so you can convert more easily next spring.
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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    That's what I was afraid of...I probably shouldn't have already bought all the stuff for a chlorine pool. Bad assumption! At least I'll only have to pay the outrageous prices for the baquacil stuff for about 6-7 weeks.
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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by gerg View Post
    That's what I was afraid of...I probably shouldn't have already bought all the stuff for a chlorine pool. Bad assumption! At least I'll only have to pay the outrageous prices for the baquacil stuff for about 6-7 weeks.
    What stuff did you buy? Can it be returned?
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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Well I got a salt cell and control panel and about 650 pounds of salt and 80 pounds of borax in the garage haha. I could probably return the stuff, but it's not worth it. I'll just save it until spring.
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    It will last. None of that goes bad. Come spring the conversion will use a lot of liquid chlorine so hold off until then. You don't want to add the salt cell until after the conversion is complete and your pool is running in chlorine.

    I just noticed you have a DE filter. That's even more reason to wait because the conversion process would be a nightmare with full strength Baquacil and a DE filter. Letting Baq sanitizer levels fall will be helpful.

    Question - has any Baquacil CDX product been used? If you can, avoid using the CDX at all for the rest of the season.
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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyfulNoise View Post
    Question - has any Baquacil CDX product been used? If you can, avoid using the CDX at all for the rest of the season.
    I haven't bought or added any baquacil products yet and I'm not sure what the prior owner was doing. Would you recommend just using the sanitizer and oxidizer and skipping the CDX for the rest of the season? Is there a test kit I could use to monitor the levels without bringing water to the pool store?
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    To the best of my knowledge there really is no "good" complete kit for Baquacil. You're more or less stuck with strips and the pool store. With you not having the full history of the pool I would assume the owner before did not use the CDX system and avoid using it as well. I don't know the full scientific reason why, but I've seen a handful of conversions where the user had used the CDX system previously and it was a pain to convert. Almost to the point it was easier to drain/refill. Simply stay away from the CDX.

    Continue to keep an eye on the sanitizer and oxidizer levels while adding a weekly dose of algicide. If you post your current test results and water clarity I'll do my best to help you maintain the pool these last few weeks of summer. Hopefully it's somewhat clear when you take ownership as this heatwave the east is seeing just screams POOL!!!

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    To the best of my knowledge there really is no "good" complete kit for Baquacil. You're more or less stuck with strips and the pool store. With you not having the full history of the pool I would assume the owner before did not use the CDX system and avoid using it as well. I don't know the full scientific reason why, but I've seen a handful of conversions where the user had used the CDX system previously and it was a pain to convert. Almost to the point it was easier to drain/refill. Simply stay away from the CDX.

    Continue to keep an eye on the sanitizer and oxidizer levels while adding a weekly dose of algicide. If you post your current test results and water clarity I'll do my best to help you maintain the pool these last few weeks of summer. Hopefully it's somewhat clear when you take ownership as this heatwave the east is seeing just screams POOL!!!
    I appreciate the help. On Thursday evening it was crystal clear. I took some water home for testing and got:

    PH - 8
    TA - 180
    CH - 300

    We take possession Tuesday morning, so I'll bring a sample to the pool store and pick up some strips. I already have the acid to fix the PH.
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    The pH and TA will be able to be tested using a kit like you would use for testing chlorine. Only your Sanitizer levels will you need to rely on strips. Granted that's one of the most important levels though in a Baqua pool.

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Closed on the house today and brought a sample to the pool store. No Baquacil!? Apparently the prior owner was confused when I asked him about it....Anyway I appreciate the help from you guys!
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    If the pool store used strips to test for Baquacil, the test may not be valid. The portion of the strip that indicates baquacil level deteriorates once the container is opened and can give zero readings even if within the "use by" date. This happened to me at more than one pool store and my own. just a caution.
    30000 gal inground vinyl liner;sand filter w/glass media, nuvo uv, TF-100 test kit; 25 years on Baquacil, converted to TFP chlorine in 2016

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    Re: How quickly can I convert to chlorine?

    Thanks for the heads up. I did get some water in a cup and add some bleach to confirm nothing strange happened before I dumped it in the pool. No idea what the guy was doing - the pool was completely clear but no chlorine or stabilizer were present. Anyway, I've got it all sorted and balanced out and have been enjoying my new pool!
    22,500 gallon in ground pool with vinyl liner. DE filter. Taylor K-2006.

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