I would like to semi-automate my pool chlorination especially for use during vacations. I researched the Liquidator last year and put it on my list to get this year. I wasn't sure if the 4 gallon version was large enough for me or not (I was leaning toward getting the 4 gallon unit). I understand that I would want the 3/8" upgrade kit. I'm trying to do this for as little money as possible, but yet get the best bang for the buck without having too much maintenance to do (occasional cleaning is ok). I want something reliable. I don't have many trees around so I don't have much of a problem with my skimmer getting full. As my signature shows, I have a 52" x 24' round pool with bottom main drains and 1HP Hayward pump with sand filter.
So I start looking into the Liquidator this year and can hardly find the 4 gallon unit anymore. I also read on the forum about problems with the Liquidator and people switching to peristaltic pumps (which I feared would be more difficult and expensive to install).
So should I continue with the Liquidator for my situation? Is the 4 gallon unit sufficient for me, or do I need the 8 gallon? (I'd like it to last at least 7 days on 6% bleach, but have a source for 10% liquid chlorine if I had to go that route for extended away time.) What are the downsides / troubles I could be looking at going with the Liquidator? What's the benefit moving to a peristaltic pump system? And would this make sense for me?