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    What chemicals do I really need

    I see a lot of chemicals listed in the pool math calculator but which ones do people use with regularity?

    Bleach (or liquid chlorine)
    Borate
    Baking Soda
    Calcium Chloride
    Calcium Chloride Dihydrate
    Stabilizer
    Muriatic Acid
    Dry Acid
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    All I ever add is 12.5% bleach, 31.45% Muriatic Acid, and Trichlor pucks during vacations.
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    So you don't worry about CYA or TA
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    What is the status of your water? Test results?

    We generally do not recommend buying anything until you know if you need it ... and you know if you need it by testing the water with one of the recommended test kits
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    Quote Originally Posted by firstplacetrophy View Post
    So you don't worry about CYA or TA
    My pool has enough CYA in it since it doesn't evaporate out and the pucks replenish what splashes out. My tap water is hard enough to maintain the TA without having to purchase baking soda.
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    No test results yet, I just received the TF-100 yesterday and I'm not opening the pool for another few weeks. Just curious of the chemical I should keep in stocked at all times.
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    The only thing you currently know you will always need is chlorine.
    Everything else depends on the test results.
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    Quote Originally Posted by firstplacetrophy View Post
    No test results yet, I just received the TF-100 yesterday and I'm not opening the pool for another few weeks. Just curious of the chemical I should keep in stocked at all times.
    The only thing you can be certain of is bleach, but that has a shelf life, so there's no point in buying up a truckload because it will deteriorate over time and leave you with some expensive salt water.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    Sounds good, I'm picking up 20 bottles of chlorine tonight ($1.50 per 12.5% bottle at Menards if anyone has a Menards nearby)
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    Re: What chemicals do I really need

    Rarely have I used anything listed above in your list except bleach (when I want instant rise in FC, the SWG works slowly) and muriatic acid for pH and even that is pretty rarely needed in my pool.

    I added calcium once in 5 years but you have a vinyl pool and don't need to worry about it.

    The only things I would suggest keeping on hand is bleach and Muriatic Acid (only one jug, never stored near metals or bleach). Then depending on your own test results you can buy anything else as needed and not deal with having to store it.

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