I'm curious how often the people using ONLY liquid bleach for chlorination (TFPC method) have to add chlorine to their pools, and how much they have to add. In my case, during the summer months the Cl level drops VERY quickly -- so quickly that I don't understand how anyone could possibly use "only" liquid chlorine. It just seems like too much work, and a single missed day would put the Cl levels well below the minimum. I'd have to add Cl no less than once a day, and I'd probably have to add so much at a time that the levels would be annoyingly high in the morning, and on the low side by evening. Is this what people do?
To combat this, I've always augmented my Cl with Tri-chlor tablets -- enough that I only have to add liquid Cl once or twice a week. Unfortunately, this means using enough Tri-chlor tablets that my CYA is always rising to frustratingly high levels, requiring me to drain and refill much more than I like.
Is this just the nature of the beast, or am I missing something? I've thought about using a Salt Water Chlorine Generator, but I'm still on the fence about this due to fears with regard to the deck, landscaping and surrounding areas. One pool company told me that they are not allowed to drain salt water pools -- that if a pool using a SWCG needed draining for repairs, the homeowners would need to drain it before they arrived. Another area near me -- Santa Clarita -- banned all SW pools due to issues with salt in both groundwater and soil.
I also considered the Liquidator, but there are very mixed reviews on this product, and at best is seems rather "fiddly" when it comes to adjusting it.
Thanks for any feedback on this,