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    How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Ace Hardware will ship the stuff free of charge for pickup at your local store. A 50 lb bag usually ships for 20-40 dollars on most sites making it too expensive.

    Based on my tap chemistry I think I wont need to mess with CH much but I picked up a bag to have on hand.
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Quote Originally Posted by dykes26
    Ace Hardware will ship the stuff free of charge for pickup at your local store. A 50 lb bag usually ships for 20-40 dollars on most sites making it too expensive.
    Thanks much for the shopping tip -- no doubt there are others who are scratching their heads wondering how to procure calcium cheaply without paying the exhorbitant shipping charged by most internet sites (not that you can blame the purveyors, I'm sure Ace is eating the cost to encourage the purchase of other goods.)

    The first year, my pool's demand for Calcium Chloride was neverending -- so I bought progressively larger sizes at Leslie's to economize. But at the end of year one, the demand ceased, so I now have a 25 lb bucket of Hardness Up, nearly full and resting comfortably, thank you very much, in the garage. (I should have thought to give it to you! It would have been a nice excuse for an extended weekend, to camp at Lava Beds and see Mono county again....)
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Poly, if you keep it cool and dry, it'll last a LONG time. Dilution will happen at some point that you will need it. But you knew that.

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    I live in pa so it's available as a de-over in colder weather but calcium chloride is used in concrete to speed things up. So maybe contacting a place that deals with concrete or construction might have a supply. Just an idea
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Tried to get Ace to ship to my local store in Sac and after a few hours got the following response...


    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Hardware
    We regret to inform you that we are unable to complete your order.
    We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

    Your satisfaction is very important to us. If you have any questions about your order, call Customer Service at 1-866-290-5334. We will be more than happy to assist you.

    We appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused if this action was taken in error.

    Best regards,

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Try calling the number provided by Ace and see what they will do for you. It might be cheaper to just to to a local Ace hardware store (call first) or Leslies' and pick it up.

    My research is about a year old on calcium product, but last time I checked...

    Poolcenter.com
    Calcium Chloride 94%
    Hardness Increaser 25 lb. tub Item 162974 NY598
    $32.97

    Leslies' Pool Supplies
    Calcium Chloride 94%
    Hardness Plus 25 lb. tub
    $41.99
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    I broke down and went to Leslie's

    $45 for 25 lbs vs $30 for 50 lbs at Ace (that's triple the price per pound)

    Makes me glad I found TFP so I get "pool stored" as little as possible.
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    I had to break down and buy the CH increaser at HD for $12 for 5lb! Hopefully, I won't have to do that again for a while
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Great tip - I just scored a 50 lb bag at Ace for $37 after tax with free ship to store.
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Ok - Ace sent me an email the day of the order saying it was confirmed. 2 days later I got an email saying this:

    "We regret to inform you that we are unable to complete your order.
    We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.

    Your satisfaction is very important to us. If you have any questions about your order, call Customer Service at 1-866-290-5334. We will be more than happy to assist you.

    We appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused if this action was taken in error.

    Best regards,"

    I just called in and re-ordered it. The lady said my prior order was marked as canceled by customer but I told her I didn't cancel it. She also verified no one called in by phone. She just said it was probably accidentally canceled when the system "updated". Maybe they just don't ship this stuff to hot weather areas but at least I'm trying again.
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather areas

    Ok. It was canceled again, they just must not ship to Texas. Going to try again here this time paying for shipping, total $48 for 50 lb bag

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Are you just referring to the calcium chloride de-icer available through the ace website?

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    I just placed an order at Ace online for a 50lb bag of Qik Joe Hot Stuff flakes for $22.99 with free ship-to-store. Let's see if it gets canceled... Crossing my fingers!

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Whelp, I just got the "order canceled" email from Ace. I immediately called and asked them why it was canceled as no reason was given. The nice lady on the phone said that it showed up as out of stock for some reason, but she did show it in stock and in warehouse and could place a new order for me over the phone. She also stated that she would ship it to my home and waive the shipping cost. New order is placed, and it's showing up on the Ace site, so we'll see what happens!

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Is it possible that some of these orders are being cancelled due to environmental restrictions for the county it is being shipped to? If the item is labeled for "de-icing" it may not be legally shipped to areas the prohibit it as a de-icer.

    As an example, I wanted to get windshield washer fluid that would not freeze up on my windshield when it was too cold. I found, after visiting ~63 stores, that the "low-temp" version of the washer fluid i bought last year was now illegal in Sacramento County (hi VOCs) but legal for sale (and use) in Placer County, less than one mile from my house. So, I bought the stuff in Placer county and limit my use to when I am driving in Placer County...
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Google Dowflake. Cheaper but has some dirt sometimes.

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    Google Dowflake. Cheaper but has some dirt sometimes.

    Scott
    The problem is finding the stuff locally. It seems that buying CC online in any kind of large quality makes shipping cost-prohibitive. My second Ace order placed over the phone hasn't been canceled yet! *crosses fingers*

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Go to Lowes. You can get 50# of calcium Chloride for $19.00. Home depot also carries it in season, but not always in summer

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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Have you considered using cal-hypo as your chlorine source? I found that when I combined the costs of chlorine and calcium it was slightly cheaper to get the huge buckets of cal-hypo.
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    Re: How to get Calcium Chloride cheaper in warm weather area

    Farm stores like Tractor Supply usually have it. It's used as weight in tractor tires.
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