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    Going on Vacation

    Will be on vacation for a week. I hate to ask a friend to stop by and check levels,,,what's the best way to keep your pool chemicals in check when you are away?
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    How do you normally chlorinate the pool?
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    We use liquid chlorine
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    If your CYA isn't too high I'd buy a couple of floaters and stick them in there unless you have a tablet chlorinator. Also covering it with a winter cover would help.
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    For vacation, I put the FC at shock level the day we leave. Then I throw a few pucks in the automatic chlorinator (you can use a floater if you don't have one) and make sure the timer is set to turn the pump on and off. Some people throw on their cover or solar blanket but I didn't and came home - 10 days later - to a still clean pool.
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    Great, we have 3" pucks (left overs before TF test kit)... We have never set our pump on a timer, we always pump 24/7. Do most run their pumps less? Would it be best to put the pump on a timer while we are gone?
    Location - Northeast Indiana
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    Pump run time is different for everyone. It's trial and error to see how long you need to run your pump to keep the pool clear. Some people run 24/7 and some run between 6 and 12 hours - depending on what works for them. I run ours for a total of 8 hours a day; broken up into different blocks. Running it all at once or broken up, is also a matter of preference.
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    Cutting back would sure save on electricity,,,any suggestions on a timer?
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    Intermatic makes the best timers. If it's 120 volt pump look at the T101, if it's a 240 volt pump look at the T-104.
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    Re: Going on Vacation

    Great,,,,,Thanks for all your help
    Location - Northeast Indiana
    15,000 Gallons (17x29) Above Ground - 1 HP Sta-Rite Pump - Cartridge Filter - Hayward Aqua Bug pool cleaner- Solar Cover
    TF100 Test Kit

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