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    Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    A freind in the pool resurfacing biz says that I need to add Stablizer after shocking the pool.
    What say y'all?
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Hi Jerry, have you read Pool School?

    CYA or "Stabilizer" is essential to proper water chemistry. It should always be present, including when you are shocking - otherwise the FC is destroyed by sunlight.
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry
    A freind in the pool resurfacing biz says that I need to add Stablizer after shocking the pool.
    What say y'all?
    Well, if we had a full set of test results, and a description of how your water looks - or a pic, then we could advise better!
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Well of course it is We just don't like to put it as BBBS

    You need to have a certain level in the pool (10 - 80 ppm, dependent upon your particular situation/ pool) and maintain ~ that level.

    You'll only loose the CYA by removing water from the pool (*).

    As for needing to add CYA whenever the pool is shocked - NOPE! He probably is of the mind that a weekly shock dose of cl is required, which is also wrong

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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    I was just about to post a similar question, so I'm glad I saw this thread.
    My question in addition to the OP's question is: since you have to wait a week for the CYA to dissolve before testing for it in your pool, how to you make sure you don't add too much of it since it takes so long to register on a test?

    I want to make sure I don't add too much at once since I very much want to avoid having to do a partial drain later to bring down CYA.
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    Well of course it is We just don't like to put it as BBBS
    Hmmm...I don't know. BBBS kinda has a ring to it.

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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    That's what Pool Calculator is for. Put in your starting number and your target number and it'll tell you how much you need to add. We recommend adding a bit less than recommended, wait a week, test again and add the rest if needed. Because, like you said, it's better to be a bit short than to have to drain water.
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Awesome, thanks. I keep forgetting about the calculator...
    Also, I've seen different recommendations for adding the stabilizer:
    a) to put it in a sock in the skimmer
    b) to dissolve it in a bucket then slowly pour it into the pool in front of the skimmer
    c) other suggestion??

    Which way is the "best"?
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    Sock method, in front of a return or in the skimmer.
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    Re: Stabilizer - Is this part of the BBB method?

    I prefer nylon knee highs myself, and even use one for CYA in the skimmer. Just make sure you don't block the skimmer when you put it in there.
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