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    Chemical storage

    Ok, another chemical storage thread. I understand that you shouldn't store muriatic acid and bleach close together, but what about pool salt, calcium chloride, and dichlor? Can I store those with the bleach? I assume the dichlor should be safe with the bleach, but what about the others? Can one of these be stored with the acid?

    The reason why I ask is that I have my acid stored in a pool box outside and chlorine in a separate pool box outside (both in shaded areas). I would like to put the other chemicals in the same containers, but not sure what would be safe.
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    Re: Chemical storage

    Actually, Dichlor and bleach are not compatible, but are not nearly as problematic as Trichlor and bleach and that's not nearly as problematic as Cal-Hypo with Trichlor (see the video in this link). The other chemicals (salt, calcium chloride) are not a problem with any of the chlorine sources. If the Dichlor is in a tightly sealed container and this is a ventilated box outside, then I don't see it as a problem. Even having acid and chlorinating liquid or bleach which are not compatible, but having them in a well-ventilated box is not an issue unless BOTH containers were to leak. The key is ventilation since both containers have pressure-relief caps.
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    Re: Chemical storage

    Thanks for the info! That video is alarming...
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    Re: Chemical storage

    wow that's scary. This never even occurred to me. I keep everything in an outdoor plastic box/mini shed. Bleach, Acid, DE, chlorine pucks, calcium hardener, some kind of stabilizer/shock samples I got free. Should I separate some of these items. Thanks.
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    Re: Chemical storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Cajun
    wow that's scary. This never even occurred to me. I keep everything in an outdoor plastic box/mini shed. Bleach, Acid, DE, chlorine pucks, calcium hardener, some kind of stabilizer/shock samples I got free. Should I separate some of these items. Thanks.
    +1

    I have my trichlor tabs in the original plastic bucket with lid, each individually wrapped, in the same deck box as my 1 lb cal hypo packets from Leslie's which are in a different plastic bucket (actually, they are right near each other). Been that way for over a year. Yikes!
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    Re: Chemical storage

    I keep all the solids (cal-hypo, trichlor tabs, calcium increaser) in the same outdoor storage unit in the big locking tubs that they are sold in, I don't ever buy pre-measured packets.

    I keep the bleach or liquid shock in the laundry room in the box and still sealed. I keep the acid in the other side of the laundry room in the box and still sealed. I keep the open jug of acid on the pool porch.

    I rarely have an open jug of bleach as I typically dump the whole jug but if I have one, it is about 5 feet away from the acid jug.
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