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    is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    Should I stock up on calcium chloride (kind at hardware stores) this time of year or or is the cost roughly the same? I can't remember what I paid at the pool store last summer. Is there a certain texture of calcium chloride that maybe used on roads that people may not use in their pools? Any certain brands?

    Trying to save alittle money this year, been laid off for 3 months and it does not look like I will be working much this year (construction worker).

    One more thing, I have a fiberglass pool if that matters.

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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    Usually calcium chloride bought as a deicer is much less expensive than pool store calcium increaser, but there is the occasional pool store that matches or even beats the hardware store prices. Near me pool store calcium is about $1.50/lb while hardware store calcium is around $0.20/lb (both prices are based on a 40 lb or larger package size). But in areas with lots of pools you can usually find at least one pool store that is much more competitive.
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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    I think Dow Flake is even cheaper. Check the concrete aisle at Home Depot.

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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    I went to HD today and they had the calcium chloride but also the were other additives. Does it need to be 100% calcium chloride to use in your pool?
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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    I wouldn't use it. Dow Flake is a good sub though. And cheaper usually.

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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    There will always be trace levels of impurities, but you don't want there to be any additional ingredients.
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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    Hey poolGuyNJ, I see you live in central nj. I live in Hamilton Square NJ. i went to HD in hamilton and they did not carry Dow Flake. Any idea where I can find it.

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    Re: is calcium chloride cheaper bought as a deicer?

    Check Lowes or the concrete center at 524 and Route 130.

    WRT to your pool equipment, is that how it came or did you replace anything?

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