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    conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I am going to convert my above ground pool from Baquacil to Chlorine next spring. I have not closed my pool yet for this year. My question is, should I not add any products and just leave it alone, cover it and start the conversion next spring?

    BTW I'm a newbie to this pool stuff so you may have to dumb it down for me!

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    Welcome to the forum!

    Wait for more info from someone with a little more "conversion experience," but I'm pretty sure you're correct. Leaving it over the winter will help use up the baqua and make the conversion a little easier in the spring.
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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I probably would wait until spring so you don't run into time restraints. Naturally don't add any more baquacil products this year. You can convert by just killing it over and over with chlorine but there are some products out there that help along with the conversion. (back to chlor) I think it's called. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong here but maybe you could get away with a leaf cover on your pool to keep out large debris like leaves and let the water get green; it might help rid the pool of the of the baquacil chemicals for your spring conversion. Even if I'm wrong there I would start the conversion a few weeks before you want to open the pool. Basically just open your pool but keep your cover on and keep dosing it with chlorine since it's usually a long process.
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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I have not closed my pool yet for this year
    Where do you live? It makes a difference.
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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I live in central arkansas.

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I'd add a vote for not adding more chemicals. Add a cover as you normally would to keep out all the large items. Worry about fighting the green water next year.

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    Is the "green water" a pain to deal with? Is it actually just geen water or is it slime on the pool liner ect...

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    Before I answer the question.......let me ask yet another question.

    How many gallons is your pool??

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    I knew this question would eventually come up. I'm at work and i have forgotten. Its a 24' doughboy.

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    Using Pool Math this would put it at about 13,500 gallons (assuming it's 4' Deep). This is enough water that it would make a conversion worth your while. If the pool were less than 10k gallons, I'd suggest draining the pool and starting over....but with your size it's more cost effective to convert.

    The "green water" is in simple terms the same as if you had a major algae outbreak. It's much deeper than that.....but "dumbed down" it's good enough. The conversion is one of the hardest processes we use on TFP and will require alot of work on your part. It will use several gallons of bleach (ours used 60ish gallons of the old 182oz bottles) and it will make your pool un-useable for about 2 weeks.

    With that said.....once the conversion is over you will have 100% cleaner water than you ever had, a smaller pool expense, and much more free time to enjoy the clear water. It's worth the hassle.

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    I'm defiently down for the work! Tired of the baqua! My thoughts were in the spring to pull the pool down to about half to 1/4 full and convert that and then add fresh water. Was thinking it would be quicker. Any thoughts?

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    It will be MUCH quicker......but could cost more money in the long run. Kinda a toss up in the air.

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    Re: conveting baquacil to Chlorine

    Thanks for the help guys!!!!

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