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Hi, We bought an above ground pool this year and it came with a filter and instructions on the chemicals to clean it. Problem is, I am going BROKE with the chemicals it says I have to use to keep it clean. Does

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  1. #1
    sarah_d_ann
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    Hi,



    We bought an above ground pool this year and it came with a filter and

    instructions on the chemicals to clean it. Problem is, I am going

    BROKE with the chemicals it says I have to use to keep it clean. Does

    anyone have any ideas or suggestions?



    Thanks,



    Sarah









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    Char
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    <FONT color="#008080">Buy them in bulk from a pool supply store - like Leslie's Pool Supply. I used to own a house with an inground pool and yes - any pool is expensive to maintain.

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    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
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    Subject: Budget101.com : pool chemicals/cleaning

    We bought an above ground pool this year and it came with a filter and instructions on the chemicals to clean it. Problem is, I am going BROKE with the chemicals it says I have to use to keep it clean. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?



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    Michael & Elveta Verhoeve
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    We learned FAST to never buy pool chemicals anywhere but Walmart, *and* that you can substitute baking soda for "PH-ADD," they are both identical, 100% sodium bicarbonate.




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    Ann Garner
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    At 07:49 PM 7/17/2008, you wrote:

    >We learned FAST to never buy pool chemicals anywhere but Walmart,

    >*and* that you can substitute baking soda for "PH-ADD," they are

    >both identical, 100% sodium bicarbonate.

    >

    You can do even better than baking soda. You can go to a farm and

    feed store and buy sodium bicarbonate in a bag. I use it for

    cleaning and in the laundry. I had saved 2 of the kitty litter

    buckets with lids and the bag filled one of the buckets and almost

    filled the second. This is not food grade, but is perfect for

    cleaning. I've been using this bag for over a year, and I can see it

    lasting me at least through this year. I believe it was a 20 pound

    bag, and was under $16.

    Ann in Arkansas










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    Alisa Head
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    In what quantities?

    Curious as I am a new pool owner.

    --- On Thu, 7/17/08, Michael & Elveta Verhoeve <happyhome@arilion.com> wrote:

    From: Michael & Elveta Verhoeve <happyhome@arilion.com>
    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 7:49 PM


    <DIV id="yiv1000537136">


    We learned FAST to never buy pool chemicals anywhere but Walmart, *and* that you can substitute baking soda for "PH-ADD," they are both identical, 100% sodium bicarbonate.





  6. #6
    J Diane Northcutt
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    I too have heard that you can substitute Baking soda for PH-ADD.
    They are NOT the same identical chemical.
    I have a bottle of PH-ADD in one hand and a box of Baking soda in my other hand.According to the labels, these are the ingredients.
    Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate
    PH-ADD is Sodium Carbonate

    They are similar but not identical.
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Michael & Elveta Verhoeve
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 8:49 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning






    We learned FAST to never buy pool chemicals anywhere but Walmart, *and* that you can substitute baking soda for "PH-ADD," they are both identical, 100% sodium bicarbonate.







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    Liss
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    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">On the frugal pools... I did an article awhile back on getting apool free or cheap:
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">http://www.budget101.com/frugal_swimming_pools.htm
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">On maintaining it, I've played the chemical game, I've done the chlorine thing- which is nasty, smells bad, ruins clothes, horrible on the skin, green hair, etc.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">I've done the baquacil thing- which doesnt smell, doesnt ruin clothes, works great and costs a Freaking Fortune to use.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">and finally, I bit the bullet, spent $200 bucks (less than 1/3 of the cost of chemicals to maintain the pool for an entire year) and installed a saltwater system. It's actually a misnomer, because it implies that the water is salty, but it isnt.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">My pool is crystal clear, all i have to do is rinse out my filter 1x a week and vaccum 1x every 2 weeks (because my kids tend to track sand into the pool by not rinsing off the pool toys.)
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">It doesnt ruin your hair, clothes, skin, doesnt hurt if the kids accidently drink a little and it works like a charm. The best part is, you dont add any more chemicals due to evaporation etc. you just add water to the pool.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">No need for stupid test strips/kits. Our pool is on a $12 walmart timer, it goes off for a couple hours during the night and is ready all day whenever we want to use it.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">Nearly maintenance free. I highly recommend it, nothing is cheaper.
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">~liss



  8. #8
    Tressa Watts
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    how large is your pool? Mine is 25,000 gallons and if I could spend 600 a year on chemicals I would be on cloud nine! Also the weather here is over 100 most days. What is your weather like? Is that a factor?

    Thanx tressa





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    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    From: liss@budget101.com
    Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:40:00 -0400
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning






    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">On the frugal pools... I did an article awhile back on getting apool free or cheap:
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">http://www.budget101.com/frugal_swimming_pools.htm
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">On maintaining it, I've played the chemical game, I've done the chlorine thing- which is nasty, smells bad, ruins clothes, horrible on the skin, green hair, etc.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">I've done the baquacil thing- which doesnt smell, doesnt ruin clothes, works great and costs a Freaking Fortune to use.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">and finally, I bit the bullet, spent $200 bucks (less than 1/3 of the cost of chemicals to maintain the pool for an entire year) and installed a saltwater system. It's actually a misnomer, because it implies that the water is salty, but it isnt.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">My pool is crystal clear, all i have to do is rinse out my filter 1x a week and vaccum 1x every 2 weeks (because my kids tend to track sand into the pool by not rinsing off the pool toys.)
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">It doesnt ruin your hair, clothes, skin, doesnt hurt if the kids accidently drink a little and it works like a charm. The best part is, you dont add any more chemicals due to evaporation etc. you just add water to the pool.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">No need for stupid test strips/kits. Our pool is on a $12 walmart timer, it goes off for a couple hours during the night and is ready all day whenever we want to use it.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">Nearly maintenance free. I highly recommend it, nothing is cheaper.
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="EC_281363413-18072008">~liss




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    Tressa Watts
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    the chemicals at my walmart are a weaker strength then at my pool store so I have to buy more...??




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    Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 06:02:47 -0700
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning





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    In what quantities?

    Curious as I am a new pool owner.

    --- On Thu, 7/17/08, Michael & Elveta Verhoeve <happyhome@arilion.com> wrote:

    From: Michael & Elveta Verhoeve <happyhome@arilion.com>
    Subject: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 7:49 PM


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    We learned FAST to never buy pool chemicals anywhere but Walmart, *and* that you can substitute baking soda for "PH-ADD," they are both identical, 100% sodium bicarbonate.



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    mem68
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    thanks, this makes me want a pool again and mks me think that I could afford one.
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Liss
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 6:40 AM
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning


    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">On the frugal pools... I did an article awhile back on getting apool free or cheap:
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">http://www.budget101.com/frugal_swimming_pools.htm
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">
    <SPAN class="281363413-18072008">On maintaining it, I've played the chemical game,



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    Christina Coyle
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    What kind of pool is it? I am thinking of getting one of those pools that

    have the inflatable ring around the top, as there is no pool anywhere close

    to us at all.







    Christina Coyle







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    Behalf Of Liss

    Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 9:40 AM

    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning



    On the frugal pools... I did an article awhile back on getting a pool free

    or cheap:



    http://www.budget101.com/frugal_swimming_pools.htm










  12. #12
    Jenza
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    How do you know how much to add? Thanks.




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    mom25kidz
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    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    From: liss@budget101.com
    Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:40:00 -0400 <div class="Ih2E3d">
    Subject: RE: Budget101.com : Re: pool chemicals/cleaning






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    <font face="Trebuchet MS"><font face="Trebuchet MS">and finally, I bit the bullet, spent $200 bucks (less than 1/3 of the cost of chemicals to maintain the pool for an entire year) and installed a saltwater system.

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    Where did you get the saltwater system for $200?

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    vcappello
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    Great article thanks for sharing!!! Our neighbor might be giving

    away thier pool, hmm.



    What about warming the pool, I've noticed the "fish" are just

    alcohol. Stupid question, can I just pour some rubbing alcohol in

    the pool to warm it up. We have a pop-up pool, 15X42.



    Veronica

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, Tressa Watts <TressaPSGT@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > how large is your pool? Mine is 25,000 gallons and if I could spend

    600 a year on chemicals I would be on cloud nine!






  15. #15
    Liss
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    <SPAN class="093152110-21072008">>>Where did you get the saltwater system for $200?<<
    <SPAN class="093152110-21072008">
    <SPAN class="093152110-21072008">Walmart.com , it's by intex. Someone else asked about the size of the pool, I have a 24' x52" deep.
    <SPAN class="093152110-21072008">
    <SPAN class="093152110-21072008">~Liss



 

 
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