I can't get the chlorine level up above 4.0, and I'm wondering if it's the cheap triclor tabs or the index adjuster on the Rainbow triclor tab feeder.
I generally run the BBB method, but I'm setting up to go on vacation and am trying to get the triclor feeder set for our absence.
- This inability to get a higher level of FC reading is now several months old. I thought it might be the check valve and replaced that (accidentally breaking the compression connector and had to replace the hose, also).
- There's no leak in the connectors, but I am getting a little drip - I think it's from the bottom of the indexer (you know, the dial adjuster that I set anywhere from 0-1 on up to 4-5). I currently have it set at max.
- The only other thing I've done is to add more tabs to the feeder tube - there are now 6 in there. They do get submerged in water, are starting wear, and the tube does empty, so it's not totally jammed up.
- The tabs are from Home Depot or Lowes - Swimmers Choice.
- I'm running the filter pump three to four hours per 24 hours and the water looks good.
- I don't believe I have an algae problem - I shocked the pool in December and the water has stayed under 60°F since.
So, before I get involved in the chemistry, can anyone tell me if the index dial can indeed break/jam or otherwise slow/prevent chlorinated water flow? Also, is it possible that cheaper tabs have less chlorine to transfer and I need to buy better ones? Finally, is it possible I need to run the pump more than two turnovers per day?