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    Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    I'm really excited to start trying the BBB method....in the meantime before i get started with bleach, the previous owner left several buckets of tablets...I've been using them in floaters for the last month or so, but the water is looking a little cloudy....is it okay to toss 5-6 whole tablets freely into the water to get a quick shock effect? does a free floating tablet that's breaking up into chunks do any damage or is it basically the equivalent of pouring in a bunch of liquid bleach? I want to get the water chlorinated quickly so I can begin figuring out what's needed, plus there's some slight algae started in a couple of areas I want to nip in the bud now....what would happen if I tossed in 10-15 tablets freely into the water? as you can see I'm just starting out in this pool stuff!
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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    Pretty sure they'll sink. Then they'll lay at the bottom, and if you have a vinyl liner, you'll have a bleached-out polka-dotted liner.
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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    I wouldn't advise it either. Plus, the pucks are meant to dissolve slowly, so won't give the effect you're after. Just go pick up some bleach and get 'er done!
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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    thanks for the feedback! I think i'll revise my idea of tossing in a bunch of tablets! it's not a vinyl liner, but even if the pucks sink, they probably would indeed just sit there on the bottom and dissolve too slowly to get the shock effect I'm after....
    -Dan-
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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    Posting a full set of test results will get you the most help!

    Also, as they said, no tossing of tabs into pool. Bad idea.

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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    ACK!!

    I did this once. Before educating myself on anything at all, my home grown idea for winterizing my pool was to toss a couple pucks in the deep end.

    Concrete pool.

    I will say that he pucks DID manage to keep the area directly beneath them nice and white... That's about all they did.

    I pulled them out whole as I was cleaning my swamp the following summer.

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    Re: Is it okay to toss tablets in pool?

    Can't see if you have a vinyl or gunite pool, but don't do it.

    Vinyl will bleach - leaving an irreversible light hockey-puck area where the puck dissolved.

    Worse if it is plaster - pucks are highly acidic... they will permanantly etch the plaster where they sit, and if there's no circulation, you'll see a "drooling" around/downward from where the puck sat. Cleared many-a-pool, only to find pucks, or the tell-tail damage they did on the bottom where the owners panicked when the pool went green and tossed them in.

    Please don't do it.
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