Coming chlorine shortage? - It is Here!

zeeke42

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Aug 7, 2020
2
Seacoast NH
Pool Size
8500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-9)
I'm feeling even better about the SWG I had installed. If LC gets hard to get, I might have to get a SWG for the hot tub too. The only reason I haven't is there's not a convenient outlet to plug it in to and I don't feel like running new wiring under my deck.
 

magiteck

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May 20, 2020
385
Neenah, Wisconsin
Pool Size
13600
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
I have 16 gallons of 12.5 LC on hand right now. Since my CH is low I just ordered 24lbs of cal-hypo; that will be my emergency reserve in case LC becomes hard to find mid-summer when my supply dwindles.
 

red-beard

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May 27, 2019
936
Houston, TX
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
Well Crud. The Cal-hypo 68% 1 lb packs I just bought last Friday, went from $65 to $75 overnight.
 

magiteck

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May 20, 2020
385
Neenah, Wisconsin
Pool Size
13600
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Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
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magiteck

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May 20, 2020
385
Neenah, Wisconsin
Pool Size
13600
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Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
I found the brand you mentioned for $62 at Doheny. Though $10 shipping if you spend under 100. I bought a pool float my wife wanted to hit the free shipping threshold.

A funny aside - their website has a banner at the top stating they are “out of chlorine”. Because, you know, “shock” isn’t the same as chlorine and they only have some shock in stock. :rolleyes:
 

Pinch

Member
May 12, 2015
14
NY
Western New York here. Typcially I go threw 3-4 gallons of LC per week. Every spring I stock up on cheap LC at Ollie's.
Stopped by Ollies, Walmart, Lowes today... zero chlorine in any form. Shelves looked like the toliet paper shelves from March 2020.

I'm really not sure how i'm going to get and keep my pool open this year.

:cry:
 

red-beard

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May 27, 2019
936
Houston, TX
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
A funny aside - their website has a banner at the top stating they are “out of chlorine”. Because, you know, “shock” isn’t the same as chlorine and they only have some shock in stock. :rolleyes:
And now at Doheny's it's $79
 

JoyfulNoise

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Platinum Supporter
May 23, 2015
17,709
Tucson, AZ
Pool Size
16000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
This is essentially frenzy-buying that is driving up the prices and lowering stocks. It’s just like toilet paper last year - it’s a self-perpetuating myth. One plant fire in Louisiana back in August of 2020 is NOT going to cause shortages. What will ?? Hyping the nonsense and panic buying. The real shortages are caused by the fact there are thousands of new pools built over the normal annual build levels AND there is shortage of long haul truck drivers to move products around efficiently. You’re essentially seeing market capitalism at work - too much demand chasing a stagnant supply causing prices to jump.

TFP needs to make sure that we are being a solution for pool owners and not part of the problem. Because every pool business out there is going to use this fake-news panic to make a fast dollar on unwitting consumers.
 
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Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
6,871
NY
Because every pool business out there is going to use this fake-news panic to make a fast dollar on unwitting consumers.
Aaaaaaaaaand what are they gonna sell the customers ? Thaaaaaaaaaaats right....... UV/Ozone. Which will eventually bring many new memebers here. :ROFLMAO:

*starts setting up velvet museum ropes so the line can be orderly*.
 

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Katodude

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Aug 22, 2017
1,286
West Palm Beach/Florida
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
Y’all just need to give up and move to Florida. Leslies has 10.5% for $8.88 for 5 gallons. I have a SWG, but like to keep LC for cleaning projects. I might have to spill some just for fun. Maybe I can light a cigar with LC.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
6,871
NY
Have you guys seen this stuff at HD yet ? They have it on full display at all mine and it sure looks like it’s amazing stuff all ‘specially formulated’. I forget now exactly but according to the bottle it was 6-ish % bleach. But it was ‘proprietarally blended’ with trade secrets of course. :ROFLMAO:
$22.50 for 2.5 gallons. Ouuuuuuuuuch
 
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Pinch

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May 12, 2015
14
NY

BassPlayingDude

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Jun 13, 2018
87
Media, PA
Pool Size
9000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
If you must use Cal-Hypo, I have found this packaging to be easier to handle, easier to measure, easier to work with, and safer to store, although not the cheapest. Maybe you can order from JJ Chemical directly?

 
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mgtfp

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Mar 5, 2020
958
Melbourne, Australia
Pool Size
66000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Astral VX 7T
I guess it's like with toilet paper.

Once people start believing that there will be a shortage, they will do everything thing in their power to ensure that there really will be a shortage.

Doesn't matter that it's actually only dry chlorine that's affected, people will make sure that there will be no liquid chlorine in shops as well.

Next year, those that were storing this year's production of liquid chlorine in their garages, will then sell their unopened bottles as salt water on eBay to SWG-owners who will need to top up their salt levels after a fairly relaxed and uneventful year.

Before listing them on eBay, they will start rumours that the world is going to run out of salt to inflate salt prices.

This will be remembered in history as the "Chlorine Wars" and turned into a triple movie trilogy by Disney.
 
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JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
24,001
There are lots of things allegedly in short supply.

Everything from computer chips to lumber are being reported as being in limited supply.

Some reports are legitimate and some are probably fabricated.

Some shortages are due to irrational behavior and some are due to other factors.
 

mguzzy

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This will be remembered in history as the "Chlorine Wars" and turned into a triple movie trilogy by Disney.
They already did this with the pool staining controversy.. they told everyone it was iron... and it turned into a triple movie trilogy. ... see I don't even need to say the name.
Iron Man Laundry GIF
 
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