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Thread: Newbie - question about chlorine tabs

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    Laurel, Md

    Newbie - question about chlorine tabs


    So if I decided to use regular Clorox bleach as chlorine in my pool do I still need to use the 3 inch tabs and the bags of "shock" weekly?
    -- 28,900 gallons, IG, plaster, DE - Pentair FNS Plus 60 with Pentair WhisperFlo pump. Installed 2009. Polaris 360. Gas heater.

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    Geneva, IL

    Re: Newbie - question about chlorine tabs

    I'm a newbie too!

    The general idea of this method is to only put it what you need, when you need it, giving you safe easy to manage water at the lowest possible cost. So if you go with bleach, you don't need the tabs or the shock. Chlorine is chlorine and you just need to have the right about as matched up to your CYA levels.

    Recommend you read up on the pool school and order a TFP or K2006 test kit. Once you have that, you can test the water and the folks here will help you build a plan to convert.
    Best Regards, Tom

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    Long Beach, CA

    Re: Newbie - question about chlorine tabs

    All forms of chlorine do the same thing to the pool, what makes bleach the preferred choice is that it only adds a little bit of salt to the water and the others add CYA, aka stabilizer.

    TFPC is a method of pool care that teaches you to learn the pool water chemistry, which is very simple once you get it, and add only the chemicals that are needed to keep the pool in balance with accurate testing.

    Here are a few links to get you started:
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    Test Kit Comparison
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    Re: Newbie - question about chlorine tabs

    You are on the right track, lose the pucks and shock and use a more pure form of chlorine. One more link to check out, Pool School - How to Chlorinate Your Pool
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