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    remove this auto cleaner before shocking... what FC level?

    The instructions that came with my new automatic pool cleaner say to remove it from the pool before shocking. What does this mean for plastic and rubber parts? We all know that your shock level depends on your CYA level. If I ever have a huge algae problem again and shock it properly, I would of course remove the cleaner while the FC is really high, but when can I put it back in the pool to start cleaning up?

    Do I assume this means the generic answer of 10 FC, or can I use the "safe to swim" level of 40% of CYA?

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    Re: remove this auto cleaner before shocking... what FC level?

    I don't know what the right answer is but I'll tell you what I do. My pool cleaner only goes in the pool when the chlorine is in the safe to swim range. I will use the manual vacuum when I have the chlorine in shock range or my Spring super shock range. The manual vacuum head is cheaper than most parts of my Ray-Vac. Just my 2 cents.
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    Re: remove this auto cleaner before shocking... what FC level?

    Good question...wish I had an answer. I always leave my Polaris in the pool when I shock. I didn't know I wasn't supposed to.
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    FNS 48 DE Filter - 2HP Centurion Pump (A.O. Smith)
    Hayward HeatPro Heat Pump - Polaris 360

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    Re: remove this auto cleaner before shocking... what FC level?

    I have very rarely ever had to shock but when I have I take the MarsHP out and wait for the FC to drop below 10 ppm before putting it back in.

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