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Thread: Adding Chlorine directly to the Skimmer Basket

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    Adding Chlorine directly to the Skimmer Basket

    What is the general stance on adding clorox directly into the skimmer basket? Good idea? Bad? My only concern would be the high levels of chlorine passing through the pipes. Any suggestions?
    25,000gal IG Vnyl pool/Challenger 1HP Pump/ Triton II Sand Filter/Denver, CO/ Complete Noob at pools and anything to do with them (besides swimming)

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    Cupertino, CA

    Re: Adding Chlorine directly to the Skimmer Basket

    Seems to me that pouring it slowly in front of a return doesn't take any more time and avoids any risk of damaging the equipment. That said, there are people who put pretty much everything into the skimmer (except acid).
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    Wylie, Texas

    Re: Adding Chlorine directly to the Skimmer Basket

    I started putting mine in the skimmer this year and have had no problems. But I usually only have to add about a quart of 6% each evening. So I have my 2 qt pitcher marked at each 1/2 qt mark. I pour bleach to the first mark (1/2 qt), finish filling with pool water and pour it into the skimmer. Then I repeat the process one more time and am done for the night. I have watched how well the returns distribute chemicals (muriatic acid is the easiest to see) poured in front of them and they do well. I just feel better knowing that the bleach I pour into the skimmer will come back out at both returns, one in the deep end and the other in the shallow end.
    32x16 buried Doughboy, 4' shallow - 7' deep
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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Adding Chlorine directly to the Skimmer Basket

    I have done everything but acid both ways. For my particular pool, into the skimmer is noticeably more convenient.

    I believe both work fine as long as you don't "glop" the whole dosage into the pool with either method. Use some sense and do it slowly.
    Dave S.
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