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    Chemicals through skimmer problem

    I have an intex ultra 18x52 pool with 1600 sand filter with an added salt water system. I am trying to add cyanuric acid. The instructions say to add through the skimmer. Unfortunetly on this pool there is a strainer where the hose of the skimmer attaches to the wall of the pool and all the cyanuric acid clogs up right there. Any suggestions or solutions on how to add this chemical to the pool.

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    Re: Chemicals through skimmer problem

    The best way to add cyanuric acid is to put it in a sock or stocking and hang that in front of a return jet.
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    Re: Chemicals through skimmer problem

    Quote Originally Posted by gakawell
    I have an intex ultra 18x52 pool with 1600 sand filter with an added salt water system. I am trying to add cyanuric acid. The instructions say to add through the skimmer. Unfortunetly on this pool there is a strainer where the hose of the skimmer attaches to the wall of the pool and all the cyanuric acid clogs up right there. Any suggestions or solutions on how to add this chemical to the pool.
    If you want to add it to the skimmer you need to dilute it in bucket of water first then pour slowly into skimmer. You shouldn't clean or backwash filter for probably a week or so after adding the CYA to the skimmer as the CYA gets trapped in the filter media and dissolves slowly.

    I have done it both ways (skimmer and sock), I prefer the sock, I tie it to the ladder and squeeze it a couple of times a day. Using the sock method you know when it is all dissolved.

    Each method will work just fine if done properly.
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    Re: Chemicals through skimmer problem

    Thanks for those ideas. I will be giving them a try. I must admit I never would have thought of the sock idea.

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    Re: Chemicals through skimmer problem

    What about panty hose?
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    Re: Chemicals through skimmer problem

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    What about panty hose?
    Yes, that works too.
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