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    Automating bleach / chlorine

    Not in the market money-wise for the Liquidator right now. Hopefully something we can add for next season.

    In the meantime, what are the drawbacks for the chlorine tab floating device? I am NOT married to chlorine tabs ... Actually old-fashioned bleach has worked great ... But needing to manually add 60 - 120oz of bleach everyday is sometimes not feasible.

    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Automating bleach / chlorine

    Have you read any of Pool School or the countless "my pool just turned green" threads?
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    Pucks = trichlor. They add FC which is consumed and CYA which builds up and lower the pH. As the CYA rises, the required FC level rises ... but the pucks are not adding enough FC so the pool turns green.

    What is your CYA level? If it is already high, then you must not use pucks.
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    Re: Automating bleach / chlorine

    As you know, the drawback to constant use of the tabs is high cya. Have you considered a swg?
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    Re: Automating bleach / chlorine

    I have read thru pool school several times, but honestly not in the last couple of weeks. I recalled pucks adding other chemicals, but couldn't recall exactly which chemical. And I didn't realize the "pool is green" posts are due to feeders not adding enough FC....

    At last check this weekend my CYA & TA were in a good range ... I'm waiting a few more days to test all levels as we got a little rain today & possibly more tomorrow ... pH has stayed right around 7.5 since pool was installed about a month ago.

    Having said all this - I'm wondering if there's any sort of low cost option for now? A SWG or liquidator are just not in my budget right now ...Although the pump & filter upgrade has never been a regret, I'm still recovering from that cost (since my inexpensive pool didnt help justify that cost ... And after watching the installation of 26 perfectly level blocks i just didn't have the heart to suggest we pack up the intex and trade it in for a more expensive pool so i could justify other costs ... Jk but couldn't resist)

    Sorry for rant .. Back to original question ... Anything I can do to somehow automate bleach or chlorine for now?
    26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame (14,667 gallons), Hayward Matrix 1hp 2speed, Hayward ProSeries 21" sand filter
    1.5" PVC piping with in-wall skimmer, TF100 test kit
    City water in Raleigh, NC

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    Re: Automating bleach / chlorine

    There is a swg on ebay, new, shipped, for $124. i recall that last year walmart or target had them in, i think august, for about 99.00.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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