Went to the pool store this morning. I wanted to buy a silicon based lube for my pump O ring - air is in basket and hoping it is as easy as this to fix. I also wanted to price 12% or so Liquid Chlorine as even with my small pool I'm ready to be done hauling bleach from Sam's every few weeks. I also wanted to price liquid stabilizer because I have no patience and wanted the CYA to show up on tests quicker than a week.
Asked the owner for lubricant for pump O ring and he said, "do you have Vaseline at home? It's the same thing." When I looked skeptical, he continued, "I've been doing this for 30 years. All you need is vaseline. Actually, I usually recommend you just replace the O ring and advise against using any lubricant. All it does is get sucked into the pump and gunk up all your expensive pump parts and your filter." So I let that go, letting him think I'd go home and use Vaseline.
Then I asked if he had liquid chlorine. He said no, and why would I want it? I said I've been using 6% bleach and wanted to get more bang for the ounce. He said bleach only has an 18 day shelf life so I shouldn't rely on it. I said I've been doing fine with Chlorox but wanted a stronger concentration and that I've read where people in other states get it at their pool stores. He said no one sells that stuff here and it doesn't work in Nebraska anyway because "we have a different sun situation than Arizona and Florida."
He also didn't sell liquid stabilizer. Zero for Three at the pool store today. Went to Ace Hardware and got silicon lubricant in the plumbing section and the guy there confirmed NOT to use a petroleum based product like Vaseline. Ace also had hth brand "liquid chlorinator" which says it is 10% sodium hypochlorite and 90% "other ingredients." I think this is just 10% bleach, but hesitate a bit because the label also says this product is for the dual purpose of sanitizing and shocking your pool and won't "over-stabilize" the water. Hopefully that means it has no stabilizer at all.