I just received my Liquidator from Pst Pool Supplies and wanted to ask a few questions about different chlorine sources I could use in it. I see it as a choice between three basic chlorine sources: Clorox, store brand, or pool store. I think I can narrow down my questions to 3.
1. Clorox vs Store Brands
When I first came here and read about BBB, I think I read something about store brands generally having lye added to the bleach, which affects pH more than the chlorox brand bleach would affect the pH. I also vaguely recall suggestions for a pool owner to stick with Clorox. However, I have read many recent posts (several from long term members and/or moderators) in which the usage of store brand is suggested. Is there a difference, as far as a swimming pool is concerned, about the difference between store brand and Clorox?
2. Pool Store Chlorine vs Clothing Bleach
My pool store sells Shock (yes, the name of the product is actually Shock!) in liquid form, 10% concentration. Once you take the concentration and volume into account, the 10% stuff from the pool store costs the same as the 6% Clorox from the supermarket. In an effort to support local business, I briefly switched over to the 10% stuff but switched back when I found that the bottles were significantly more likely to have chlorine on the outside of them. Is there any benefit to using the 10% Shock over 6% Clorox based on other additives in the chemical?
3. Chlorine Source in Liquidator
I imagine that it is OK to use either Clorox or the 10% stuff in my liquidator (please correct me if I'm wrong.) Am I correct in thinking that if I use the 10% Shock, I'll use a lower flow setting, refill less often, and have less salts fall out of solution in the liquidator (meaning cleaning less often)?
Now that I've typed all of this, it occurs to me that maybe... just maybe... I should actually open the box and see if there is a manual in there that covers all of this. However, this is information I have searched for on this forum, and perhaps it may help someone else to see a discussion on this before choosing if they want to use a liquidator or not.