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    Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    I could have sworn when I first started reading all the info on TFP that I read that bleach should be poured directly into the skimmer. Now this morning, I'm seeing a few places where you recommend adding in front of a return jet, including "How to Chlorinate Your Pool" in PS. (Why newbies should read PS first!)



    We've probably put 10-12 174.oz jugs in our pool since last Saturday - lots at a time as we were shocking - poured directly into the skimmer. Should I be worried that any damage was done to the filter, pump etc?
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    I pour in front of the return but there are a few who do pour it into the skimmer.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    I pour ours into the pool, not necessarily in front of the return but fairly close to it. We have an open area on one side of the deck where the pump is and I usually take water samples from there as well. It saves my aging butt from going up the steps to the pool deck !
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    TizMe,

    Please know that if you don't use it you lose it!

    *back to regularly scheduled thread*
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    Lolly, you are gonna be okay. Just don't do it from now on. I'm thinking that bleach is probably the least harmful to have added through the skimmer.

    Personally, I add most of my chems on the opposite side of the pool from the skimmer, and in the deeper part of the pool.

    There are occasionally products that instruct you to pour them in the skimmer, but generally you should not get in the habit of it.
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    Quote Originally Posted by TizMe
    It saves my aging butt from going up the steps to the pool deck !
    I'm with you TizMe

    But back to the question at hand. I pour miine in front of the return, and boy have I been pouring. (New pool,sunny,and 95-100, whew)
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    Later today I will post a pic of what the trip to the pool looks like for me and you will understand why go to the "open" area and skip some steps lol
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    The "in the skimmer or in front of the return" discussion is as interminable as "which filter is best?"

    Common sense would indicate that either method is acceptable if you use some judgement about the rate at which you introduce the chemistry.
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    In this picture you will see why I take the short cut for water samples at the pool.
    Picture taken from deck at back of house. I go around to the left of the deck because the filter is on this side of the pool as well.
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    Re: Add Bleach to Skimmer or in Front of Return Jet?

    Lolly, we usually pour slowly in front of the return in the deep end; however, sometimes we walk and pour around the perimeter of the pool.

    Tiz, we certainally do understand the 'short cut'!

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