Hello All - Last year was my first with the BBB method. I loved the better sense of control from doing all my testing, and once I got things down, the pool was crystal clear all season. But with a big pool, I lugged a LOT of chlorine, ruined quite a few t-shirts and shorts, and overflowed the recycle bin with beau coups of Clorox jugs weekly.
So, this week I plumbed in a CircuPool RJ-60 (but have not made electrical connections yet). I am going to have to add 1000-1400 lbs of salt (waiting on test strips to be delivered) and about 20-25 lbs of CYA to get started. My first question is about the CYA. My experience last year is that it took a LONG time (> 1 week) to dissolve in the skimmer sock (an old 1980's style cotton tube sock ).
Since I'm adding a lot of CYA to start, how about removing the top bubble on my sand filter (with a replacement gasket in hand ) and putting large quantites right in the filter? This would bypass any clogging issue in the piping and pump. Whaddaya think?
Second, the install directions say if possible, to place the control unit out of direct weather. Not possible with my equipment setup. Am I going to have to build a bird house or something around it? I have a bucket over top of it now, but that's probably not a good idea when it is running, because I assume it needs air flow for cooling purposes. Or is it OK to just leave it uncovered?
Thanks for the help