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    Vacation tips and tricks

    Gotta go out of town again ,this time vaca. No one at all to watch pool. Read somewhere on here (just can't find it again) about filling bottle with liquid Cl and letting it weep into pool. Anyone do this or how bout some other idea's you folk's use while your away. Just don't want to go back to pucks if there is anything else i can do. Thanks
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    When I go away for extended periods of time, I bring my pool water up to shock level, close the cover and come home to a clean, clear, sparkly pool. My pump is on a timer.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    If you can run the pump on a timer and you don't get a lot of falling debris that blocks the skimmer, then bringing the pool to shock level is the best option. Some have used the open bleach bottle but if you don't set it up right you could get bleaching of your liner around where the bottle sits.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    I wouldn't do the bleach bottle without experimenting first. If you did it, you could tether it with a weight...like a bowie. Say somewhere close to a return jet. Shocking sounds the easiest though.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    Pucks in a floater?
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    If your cya is not too high you can use pucks for short term... Not sure if pump needs to be running continually for this, someone else would have to tell you as I've never used them.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    Use the pool calculator to find out what X number of pucks will do to the CYA. It may not be that bad. And go to shock level as you leave.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    I've always used pucks when I'm unable to take care of the pool for a few days, ie. vacations. As long as your CYA is low to good, and you don't use them for more than a week or so, you should be okay.
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    Re: Vacation tips and tricks

    Results from vac-brought pool up to shock level, covered with new 12 mil blue cover(50% cheaper from the folks at solarcovers.com , recieved in three days, thanks guy's) turned off pump and left. Ten day's and was little worried when i peeled back the cover but was blown away on how clear it was . Tested out at 3.5 cl which was still on my low end . Quick brush from settlement -24hr run and back to normal. Thanks for the imput guy's, this is definitly the way to go when away from home.
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