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Thread: How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion?

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    Jun 2009
    Middle Tennessee

    How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion?

    How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion? This is our first year with our pool and I chose BQ because I was scared of all the chemical stuff and constant care that I thought chlorine would take. A month and a half into this **** and I have spent over $500 bucks. The amount the pool store told me it would cost for the whole season was $300 and we have 2 months to go at this point My water is cloudy and I can't get the freaking oxidizer level to come up at all. I have added 2 gallons Thu night and another gallon about 2 hours ago and my stupid little strips still say I don't have any in there. I don't want to go broke and I am.
    I have a 27' x 54" circular AG which I think makes it about 17,500 gallons. I also have 3 small girls aged 2, 4, and 6 so chemicals freak me out anyway. I don't even keep much more than baking soda and vinegar in my home to clean with.
    I didn't mean to hijack this post but I was curious about the SP stuff. I've seen some posts that say it took like 50 gallons of bleach to convert and days to do it in. I don't have enough room to store that much bleach and I'm pretty sure I would buy out every store in my little town if I have to have that much. If this post needs to be moved, I'm sorry
    27' x 54" AG with approx. 17,100 gallons and vinyl liner
    Located in middle Tennessee
    2 hp sand filter

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    mickey4paws's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    S.E. MI

    Re: How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion?

    Hi and welcome to TFP,
    I used sodium percarbonate and I'm glad I did because the conversion went faster than with just bleach. I did end up having to use bleach at the end (I should have ordered more sodium percarbonate, but I only had to use about 12 jugs of bleach. If you private message me your email address, I have the instructions that were sent to me, if you want them.

    Also, I would highly recommend getting a good testkit before you start the conversion. I got the TF100 and I think it's a great testkit.
    IG 12' x 39' - 20k Gallons - Vinyl Lined - StaRite Cristal-Flo II 26" Sand Filter - Hayward SuperPump 1 hp - Dolphin Dynamic autocleaner - Lochinvar Energyrite gas heater - Aqua Rite SWCG T-15 - TF100 Test Kit - Skimlite Duallly 9016 pole (great pole)

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    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion?

    The procedure for converting from Baquacil by using sodium percarbonate is in this PDF file. However, you can no longer order the Clearview OXYplus mentioned but can order sodium percarbonate from The Chemistry Store here for under $3 per pound.
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: How do you do the sodium percarbonate conversion?

    Just keep in mind that the sodium percarbonate instructions don't quite finish the job. It is best, when you get to step 5 in those instructions, to switch to a bleach conversion (as described at Pool School) to finish things up. Also, keep in mind that while sodium percarbonate is normally faster, it usually ends up being more expensive that the bleach you would have used to do the same thing.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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