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    Skimmer ok for adding chemicals?

    Since my pool was installed, I've only added chemicals through the skimmer.... It's just more conventions. Bleach, borax, MA, CYA (via sock)..
    Any issue with continuing this? Guess I'm worried about the MA hitting the cartridge in too high of a concentration.
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    Re: Skimmer ok for adding chemicals?

    Do not do that!!!

    Read this for the proper methods of adding chemicals: pool-school/recommended_pool_chemicals
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    Re: Skimmer ok for adding chemicals?

    It's probably tough on the pump seals , too.

    Is the return on the far side or something? I just pour stuff into the stream coming out of that and it spreads out fast.
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    Re: Skimmer ok for adding chemicals?

    From my reading here I've learned that some chemicals are too acidic or something and if they linger in the skimmer and then the pump turns on, an abrupt blast of the chemicals hit the equipment and it can cause problems.
    If I am adding CYA I tie the sock that contains it and hang that sock from a piece of pool noodle toy which I then let float around in the pool. Sometimes I make an 'X' of noodle and it hangs in the center. I just use large industrial rubber bands. It all is dissolved in a day or so because I also squeeze the sock now and then to nudge it along.
    When adding bleach I just pour slowly in front of the returns. With MA, I pour my desired amount into a bucket of water (not the other way around!) and pour that very slowly in front of some very active returns.
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    Re: Skimmer ok for adding chemicals?

    Ok, ok..... I'll step 18" to the right and use the return instead...
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