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Thread: Pump's gone out - best way to keep water clear?

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    Pump's gone out - best way to keep water clear?

    This is the definition of "extenuating circumstances".

    My pump blew up last night, and I'm 4,000 miles away in England. It is very warm in Indianapolis and there must be a run on pool emergencies, because the soonest anyone can get out is Saturday to replace the pump. Obviously, I'd gladly go grab one and install it myself if I were there, but I'm not.

    Is there any solid, easy-to-understand-by-a-novice method to add liquid chlorine in the interim to keep the pool clear, or (I know I'm pushing it) even swimmable?

    I hesitate to think about pouring and stirring, but would that work? Could I use my pool cover pump (Rule 1800) to assist in any way? Or am I doomed to have to fight a mess in a few days when I get home?
    19000 gallon IG installed in 2003, owned by me since 2010, vinyl liner, 18x36, Sta-Rite PLM-150 cartridge filter, 1hp AOSmith motor on <brand unknown> pump, automatic cover, BBB since August 2011

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    Re: Pump's gone out - best way to keep water clear?

    Pouring and stirring works as does using the cover pump to circulate the water. I'd have them use the cover pump and stir as well to make sure it's mixed well.
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    Re: Pump's gone out - best way to keep water clear?

    swimming also makes a great stirring option, that is if they have some way to test FC and are not just blindly pouring.

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    Re: Pump's gone out - best way to keep water clear?

    I've used a "sump pump" to keep things moving for 2 months before pumps and worked perfectly!
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