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    Testing Chlorine?

    I have been buying jugs of 12.5% chlorine from a pool store. I have an AGP that holds 13,500 gal.
    2.5 gallons should bring chlorine level up to about 24ppm. I am consistently getting around 13ppm. 2.5 gal of 6% Clorox does that. Is there any way to test the strength of the chlorine straight from the jug? I called the pool store and they insist it's 12.5%. Said they have had no other complaints.

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    Thanks, I've been using BBB for 3 years, and I've had more trouble getting the pool clear this year.
    Pool store said I may have something in my pool that is killing chlorine as soon as I put it in. They also said clorox couldn't possibly raise my free chlorine that much since it's only about 2%.

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    Re: Testing Chlorine?

    What is your CYA? Did it drop significantly over the winter?

    There are reports of the CYA converting to ammonia which requires a LOT of chlorine to break down.

    Have you used ascorbic acid to remove metal stains, as that will destroy chlorine as well?
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    Re: Testing Chlorine?

    Thanks again, CYA is at 30. I added that a while back. I guess my main complaint about the chlorine is that the same quantity of what they are selling as 12.5% raises FC about the same amount as the same quantity of 6%.

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    Re: Testing Chlorine?

    Quote Originally Posted by yerblues
    Thanks again, CYA is at 30. I added that a while back. I guess my main complaint about the chlorine is that the same quantity of what they are selling as 12.5% raises FC about the same amount as the same quantity of 6%.
    Then go to Costco or Walmart or whatever is nearby and load up on 6%. At least you know they have a fast turnover. The pool store may be selling you last year's leftovers!
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    It sounds like "spring clearance" left over liquid chlorine to me, bleach and liquid chlorine loose strength over time, the higher the concentration the faster it happens.
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