Getting Prepared to Balance Chemistry

Moeqt

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Sep 9, 2018
11
Houston/Texas
My water exchange is going well. I have been pumping and filling for 14 hours and have already seen my values change significantly:

From 0.5 free chlorine to 0.5 free chlorine
From 0 combined chlorine to 0.5 combined chlorine
From 7.6 PH to 7.2 PH
From 110 alkalinity to 110 alkalinity
From 575 calcium hardness to 370 calcium hardness (I have never had calcium within the ideal range!)
From 180 CYA to 90 CYA

I will continue exchanging for the next 14 hours according to my calculations. I want to get ready with the liquid chlorine and whatever else I need. Is the liquid chlorine at the pool store (the kind that you get in the refillable jugs) what I can use here? Is there a link to read to learn about the protocol? What do folks do who travel away from their pool and can’t do a daily dose? Am I saying goodbye forever to tablets and powders?

Thanks for all of your help thus far. I see a light at the end of the tunnel and hope that it is sunshine!
 

IceShadow

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Jun 8, 2019
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Milwaukee, WI
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Liquid Chlorine
Great!

Liquid chlorine is liquid chlorine. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient, just in different strengths.

If you can’t add daily you have a few options:

- Supplement with tabs (but you have to watch the CYA or you’ll end up replacing water again)
- Injection pump for the chlorine, like a Stenner pump
- Saltwater generator
 
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Texas Splash

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Below in my signature is a link for Recommended Chemicals and it tells you for each one how to add them to the pool. For liquid chlorine, you can get that in the pool section of Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, or many other store. Even the pool store has liquid chlorine called liquid shock (2-packs), it just costs a little more. I always like Home Depot's 3-pack. If you chose regular bleach, it's just a weaker strength, but the same thing. But for bleach, make sure to use regular, never the Clorox brand, or anything splashless or scented.
 
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mknauss

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If you tested your effluent then you have significant mixing occurring. Your effluent should test essentially what your original pool water was tested at.
 

Moeqt

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Sep 9, 2018
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Houston/Texas
Below in my signature is a link for Recommended Chemicals and it tells you for each one how to add them to the pool. For liquid chlorine, you can get that in the pool section of Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's, or many other store. Even the pool store has liquid chlorine called liquid shock (2-packs), it just costs a little more. I always like Home Depot's 3-pack. If you chose regular bleach, it's just a weaker strength, but the same thing. But for bleach, make sure to use regular, never the Clorox brand, or anything splashless or scented.
Thank you. I just picked up a four pack from Home Depot. $8.98 per gallon jug. Seems pricey but this is a journey of discovery for me. I clicked on your signature and then on your links but it takes me to the home page. I know that I am missing something - I want to follow rebalancing instructions to a T. EDITED: I looked at my receipt and understand it is $9.98 for a case of 3 jugs. $8.98 per case if you buy 4 or more cases.
 
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Texas Splash

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clicked on your signature and then on your links but it takes me to the home page. I know that I am missing something -
It's not you. The server is having some weekend problems. :hammer: Many pages and links are not working like normal. Try them again later and hopefully they will be working again. The TFP gang behind the scenses are going nutts trying to get it all back to normal. :crazy:
 
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