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    How much household bleach should I buy?

    I am a total white-belt at pool maintenance so I have no idea how much bleach I might be going through this summer using the TFP/BBB method. I hope to have my pool set-up and filled by the end of this month. It will be filled by commercial truck delivery who uses city water which to my limited understanding should make initial adjustments a little easier because it shouldn't contain any algae. I think we'll be able to use the pool 2-3 months maximum this year (knock on wood). So, anybody have an idea how much bleach I should stock up on if I find a decent price?
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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    Hello kookookachoo! I keep around 5-7 jugs of bleach in the basement and when I get down to 2, I buy 3 or 4 more.
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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    Hello kookookachoo! I keep around 8 jugs of 8.25% bleach in the garage. When I get low, wallyworld is 5 minutes away.
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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    Typical bleach use is around 2 ppm per day, but this varies based on a number of factors, sunlight level, CYA level, amount of organics in the pool, etc. At 2 ppm per day in your size pool a gallon of 8.25% bleach will last you about 5 days.

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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    I usually keep 2-4 jugs around. I don't think I've ever bought more than about 6. I use about 20-30oz a day. My pool is 6700 gallons.
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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    Great, I'll start with 6 gallons and see how far that takes me. Do you think I should buy some borax and baking soda now also or just wait and see if it's needed? How much should I have on hand if it's needed? I know this probably depends on a lot of factors, I'd just like to be as prepared as possible. My pool will be exposed to full sun all day long.
    First year with AG Vinyl Summer Escapes 19' x 54"
    Pool Size: 8000 Gallons
    Pump/Filter: Retrofitted Intex 2500-GPH B-Filter Pump
    Test Kit: TF-100 and SpeedStir
    Bleach: 8.25% Chlorine

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    Re: How much household bleach should I buy?

    Bleach is the only guarantee. Everything else depends on the results of testing your water! (I've never used borax and I haven't used baking soda except one time last year)
    18' x 48" (42" water depth) Intex Metal Frame 6,700 Gallons
    Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.0 HP pump
    Hayward Pro Series S166T Sand Filter
    Original Intex Floating Skimmer

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