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    Bunnings chemicals?

    Howdy all,

    One for the Aussies here... does anyone know whether or not the pool chemicals that Bunnings sells are any good? I have heard many people say their salt is rubbish, so I'm not going there. I'm mainly talking about balancing chems like calcium, stabiliser, acid and buffer. The brand is Premier Chlor I think. Hydrochloric Acid is Diggers brand. I bought 2kg of stabilser the other day and have been adding it 500gr at a time to get my CYA up to 60-70ppm. Seems OK but I don't really know how to tell if it's not. I'm also trying to get my calcium up to 350ppm so I need to buy another bag. Tough going with all the rain we've been getting lately but I'm getting there. Bunnings is just so convenient I can pop in after work up to 9:00pm to get anything I need, so if calcium ic calcium and cya is cya etc, I'm just as happy to pay their prices too... but NOT if I'm getting unwanted nasties/minerals/metals etc.


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    Steve.
    37000 litre, concrete, pebble, Viron P300 pump, Hurlcon VX7T SWCG, Viron CL-400 Cartridge filter, Solar heating, Pandora Smart Robotic cleaner

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    Re: Bunnings chemicals?

    I have used Bunnings chemicals for a while now. The calcium is very pure and I have had no problem with it. I also use the stabliser much cheaper then the pool shop. Do not use the powder chlorine as my salt cell does not recommend it but I see no reason it should not be fine as well.
    15.8K gallons (60K Litres), IG, pebble, Davey 1hp 300lpm, sand filter, K Chlor SWG, Kreepy Krauly.

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    Re: Bunnings chemicals?

    Thanks...

    Actually to put it another way to take the question international... is there anything to look out for when it comes to chemicals like Calcium, CYA, Bi-carb and Acid? I've seen cheap salt and it's visibly inferior (course, discoloured, dirty), but as aussieorchid mentioned, the last lot of stabilser I bought was pure white and very fine, so it appears to be be good quality. Is appearance generally OK to go by or is it best to stick to better known brands?


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    Steve.
    37000 litre, concrete, pebble, Viron P300 pump, Hurlcon VX7T SWCG, Viron CL-400 Cartridge filter, Solar heating, Pandora Smart Robotic cleaner

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    Re: Bunnings chemicals?

    The only real indicators you'll have are the ingredient list and the MSDS (if that's what you call the there). Those should tell you what's in the chems that you're buying.
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    Bunnings chemicals?

    Yep, they're MSDS's here too. OK thats good to know. Just wasn't sure if factors like impurities came into the equation when looking at MSDS's.
    37000 litre, concrete, pebble, Viron P300 pump, Hurlcon VX7T SWCG, Viron CL-400 Cartridge filter, Solar heating, Pandora Smart Robotic cleaner

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    Re: Bunnings chemicals?

    Look to make sure that all the ingredients add up to 100%. That's a clue whether there are things in there that're not listed (i.e. impurities).
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