I went to Leslie's this week and I probably overpaid for a few things. Is there somewhere I should be buying everything from, or there's no clear winner and I have to search around for best prices on everything?
What exactly do you need? For regular maintenance, that is chlorine, CYA, PH and alkalinity, any big box store will have these items. In my case, all I have been using so far is liquid chlorine and muriatic acid to lower my PH periodically. But I need to add CYA as it dropped to 40ppm.
You can get everything you need from Wal-Mart. Chlorine, baking soda, dry acid, CYA from the garden section where the pool supplies are, muriatic acid if you're brave and don't want dry acid from the paint dept.
The only thing I get at Leslie's is liquid stabilizer if my CYA is really low and I need add 1 gallon to get things going faster.
I was getting everything from Walmart until I found out Ocean State Job Lot sells 12.5% liquid Chlorine labeled as pool shock for $2.98 a gallon. I always check the dates and the last batch I got was from July, but sometimes it will sit for a month or 2 which degrades it, but it's still pretty good at $2.98.