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    New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Hello All-

    I recently moved into a house with an in-ground plaster pool. Not real sure on the gallons just yet. No diving board and its 4 at the shallow and 8 at the deep. I am guessing 20-30k. Either way, we just had to replace the filter (an old Triton fiberglass) due to the enclosure blowing and leaving me a nice pressure relief valve mark above my eye. Put a new Triton II in and its priming better now that the pump basket has a new o-ring. Got a Kreepy Kruiser and just trying to convince the wife on the BBB method. She believes using bleach will fade the swim suits. I told her its not like we are using a 50/50 mix. Either way. Somethings I do know about it is the pump and booster pump (main pump is a switch-less 2.25 hp)

    Any ideas on convincing her on the bleach method (besides throwing her in and asking if she smells bleach)
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Welcome to TFP!

    You could point out that there are almost 23,000 members here who believe in it. If she's scientifically inclined at all, you can point out that all forms of chlorine end up in the same state once they are added to the water.

    I have a pair of trunks that are at least 6 years old that I've never rinsed after swimming. Either hung up when they come out of the pool or through the laundry. They are teal, and show almost no age at all (except style) after all that time.

    Glad the valve missed your eye.
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    I am glad as well. Here is the pic. Yes I am ugly but my wife likes it I guess haha
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Wow that was close! Glad it wasn't worse.
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Chlorine is chlorine. It doesn't matter if it enters the pool through those cute white pucks or by pouring it out of that ugly white bottle!
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Is a 2.25HP motor good enough for 20-25K. I revise my thinking as its a small kidney shaped pool
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    That's way more than good enough. A 1 hp full rated pump would be good enough for that size. Do you have any water features (waterfall, fountain, etc)?
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    No features...altho I read it wrong. Total HP = 2.25 it does not mention speeds tho
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Just tell her you are using liquid chlorine instead.
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Take the Clorox bottle and work through the math. Away from home or I'd help. Assume 30 gallon washing machine, add a cup of 6% bleach. Pool Calculator may do this, try it. Then find how much bleach you'd put in same 30 gallons at 4 ppm or whatever your pool will have. If it turns out to be a tablespoon in the wash, she may relax.
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    Quote Originally Posted by anonapersona
    Take the Clorox bottle and work through the math. Away from home or I'd help. Assume 30 gallon washing machine, add a cup of 6% bleach. Pool Calculator may do this, try it. Then find how much bleach you'd put in same 30 gallons at 4 ppm or whatever your pool will have. If it turns out to be a tablespoon in the wash, she may relax.
    OK you got me curious, so I ran the #'s:

    8 oz of 6% bleach in 30 gallons gives FC of 129ppm!!!

    In a 20,000 gallon pool you would have to add 42 gallons of 6% bleach to get to a FC of 129ppm.

    Assuming a pool is "typically" around 4ppm ... in a 30 gallon washing machine you would only add 0.25oz or 1/2 tablespoon of 6% bleach to get FC of 4ppm.

    I read that a proposed federal standard for chlorine in drinking water is a max of 4ppm ... if it is safe to drink you would think it is safe to put your clothes in.

    ETA: Of course getting them to understand that the 4ppm is needed independant of the chlorine source and that bleach is the same chemical will still be a challenge.

    ETA2: And of course this ignores the fact that in the pool there is stabilizer holding some of the FC in reserve. So FC 4ppm in a pool with stabilizer is less "potent" than 4ppm in a washing machine with no stabilizer.
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    Re: New Member/ Pool Care Giver

    I believe we are not allowed to swim in a pool with 4ppm and 0 CYA.
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    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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