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    Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    We are going to be out of town for a week and normally I have my father-in-law come dump some bleach every night, but he is going to be gone too. Wondering on anyone's suggestions for what I should do... I have always gone with BBB with our pool so I know nothing about the pucks I see at Wally world, etc but am wondering if those would be a solution.

    We did a fresh fill on our pool this year and I have not tested the CYA level yet as I just hung the sock on saturday. I purposely only shot for a CYA level around 30 because I know the pucks add this as well. I guess I just need some cheap ideas on how to keep the pool chlorine level from going to 0 while we are gone... I will be leaving the solar cover on the whole time to try and help.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Get you a floater from Wal-Mart, throw a few tablets in there, and have a nice trip.
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    That's what I was hoping to hear! When we get our "real" pool next summer, I am definitely investing in a liquidator!
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Just went a poured another 1.42 gallons of WalMart bleach in my Liquidator, and I am good for the week again! I love that thing!

    Have a great trip (I hope it is somewhere fun!)!

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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    I wouldn't use the pucks from wallyworld though- they contain copper...
    Better to find copper-free versions - pool store or elsewhere. Read the active ingredient label you are looking for plain old trichlor.
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I wouldn't use the pucks from wallyworld though- they contain copper...
    Better to find copper-free versions - pool store or elsewhere. Read the active ingredient label you are looking for plain old trichlor.
    Yep, all of the Arch brands (Pace, HTH, etc.) have copper.
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Thanks for the tip about the copper. I will swing by the dreaded pool store on my lunch tomorrow and pick up some of their pucks.

    We are going camping in Northern Michigan, near Traverse City. Hopefully we get some more of teh beautiful weather we have been having in Michigan lately!
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Quote Originally Posted by becky5687
    Thanks for the tip about the copper. I will swing by the dreaded pool store on my lunch tomorrow and pick up some of their pucks.

    We are going camping in Northern Michigan, near Traverse City. Hopefully we get some more of teh beautiful weather we have been having in Michigan lately!
    Camping in a tent or camping in an RV? I know which version is "camping" for my wife!

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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    RV
    I don't know 'bout you but round here these parts we call it "parkin' in the woods..." LOL
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Very nice FPM Here's our version of "camping!":
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Camping for me is falling asleep in my pool chair after dark.

    Sometimes someone covers me up with a dry pool towel.
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    I see FPM is on the same page as me... Bigger is better... nice set up....
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    We have a small camper (19 ft)... hoping to upgrade to a little bigger in the next few years. I will have to take a pic on our trip.
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    Re: Out of town for a week, how to keep FC up

    Quote Originally Posted by becky5687
    Thanks for the tip about the copper. I will swing by the dreaded pool store on my lunch tomorrow and pick up some of their pucks.

    We are going camping in Northern Michigan, near Traverse City. Hopefully we get some more of teh beautiful weather we have been having in Michigan lately!
    Have fun!!! Traverse City is where I grew up, lots of great stuff to do there
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