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    Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Hi,

    Thanks to this forum/website my pool is picture perfect. Looks amazing with the plaster and tile repaired and water balanced. Had my 10 month old first grandchild here to visit and he approved of the water immensely. Another fish is the family.

    My question is, what do I do with the big bucket of 3" pucks/tabs from Leslie's Pool? Should I use a couple here and there or not bother?
    I can't return it, as I've used some. All my readings are spot on. I just bought a bottle of PhosFree which I just returned.

    By the way, the electric company must hate you folks, my Summer electric bill will be cut by 3/4 easily and my cost of chemicals in the future will be greatly reduced. I love this. I've always had what I thought was a balanced and clean pool over the years, but never this easily and inexpensively. As long as I don't think about how I could have retired on what I've spent over the years, life is good.


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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Save the tablets and use them when you need to add a little CYA ... they will last for years in the bucket.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Save the pucks. They'll last for years if you keep the bucket closed. They're useful for vacation and to raise CYA when you lose some from backwashing and splashout.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Keep them dry and they'll last a long time. You can either use them for vacations, or for a CYA bump in the future if/when you need it.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Just make sure to not store them in your garage the humidity and heat will cause the acid in them to corrode any metal items in your garage.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkPad View Post
    Just make sure to not store them in your garage the humidity and heat will cause the acid in them to corrode any metal items in your garage.
    Is this likely why the cabinet hinges in my pool house have corroded?
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Yes, that is likely. Is it possible it could be rust, though?
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkPad View Post
    Yes, that is likely. Is it possible it could be rust, though?
    It's just the interior hinges of a single set of cabinets that stored various chems (before I found this site). There is no rust or corrosion in the rest of the pool house.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Yea, that's likely to be the trichlor. If that's all it's doing, and you don't have any other metal things that are sensitive to corrosion, I would just leave them there. I've seen some tablet floaters with the white plastic inside of it turned brown. I've also noticed one of my tablet packages with brown spots on it. Hmm...
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Thanks for the replies and comments. I think the pool supply store knows I'm not going to be a money maker for them. I returned a product today. Nice.

    I store the pucks in the part of my pool house that has my filter, pump and electrical box. Very interesting about the corrosion. I keep my lawn mower in the other side of the pool house. Will the pucks damage it if I store the pucks with the mower?
    Can I seal the bucket with several plastic bags or something?

    Thanks, Patty
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    You're not storing muriatic acid in the same cabinet, are you? That could be another source of corrosion.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Puck buckets are not like "normal" buckets. It is not a snap on lid. The lid screws on - it should provide a good enough seal.

    I keep a few pucks in a old puck bucket in my shed, with plenty of metal around it (I parkmy lawn tractor about 3 feet from it) with no adverse effects.



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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    If your pucks are in a plastic bag inside the bucket keep the bag tightly closed and and the lid on the bucket. That should reduce the out-gassing from the pucks.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Like you, I had just purchased a 50 lb bucket of pucks before I adopted TFPC, and was kind of wondering the same thing. When I got the bucket, I was a little irritated that each puck was individually cellophane-wrapped - I was cursing that when I had to unwrap each one to put it in the chlorinator. But now, it's turned out to be a blessing, because I suspect those individually wrapped pucks sealed in their bucket will likely last me for a lifetime of vacations.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Also, pool stores can open those and sell them individually (like my local Ace). The actual buckets are locked behind a glass door at Ace.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Quote Originally Posted by achianese View Post
    You're not storing muriatic acid in the same cabinet, are you? That could be another source of corrosion.
    Yes, there's a jug of Muriatic acid in the cabinet as well.
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    Re: Pool look amazing! Now what do I do with the stuff leftover?

    Yes, that's much more acid than than the tablets, lol. If that container were to leak, and touch the tablets, it would create a chlorine gas, fyi.
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