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Old 05-24-2012, 02:58 PM
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I bought a kiddy pool for my little girl, 8'X3'X1' deep. other then changing the water all the time can I just add some bleach or other tablet to the water to keep it safe and cover it at night.

The pool won't be in direct sunlight so I don't think the cold tap water will warm that fast if I change it out every couple of days. Or should I just add a few gals of hot water from the hot water heater to warm the cold water?
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:48 PM
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clorox bleach would be your best bet and dump the water every week or so especially if it's not in direct sunlight. Most tablets contain CYA (cyanuric acid), a chlorine stabilizer, which maintains the chlorine against evaporation due to sunlight it is also carcinogenic and does not evaporate. 3" Tablets or "pucks" are more suitable in auto dispensers for larger pools. They dissolve when the water rushes past it as it is sent back to the pool returns.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghetto Lobster View Post
clorox bleach would be your best bet and dump the water every week or so especially if it's not in direct sunlight. Most tablets contain CYA (cyanuric acid), a chlorine stabilizer, which maintains the chlorine against evaporation due to sunlight it is also carcinogenic and does not evaporate. 3" Tablets or "pucks" are more suitable in auto dispensers for larger pools. They dissolve when the water rushes past it as it is sent back to the pool returns.
ANy idea how much bleach to use for 21 cubic feet of water? a few oz., a cup???
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:59 PM
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Just get a spa floater and put the 1" chlorine tablets in it. Also get the test strips and just make sure it doesn't get too high. Would still need to drain, but not as often.
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Originally Posted by TheRealMacGyver View Post
Just get a spa floater and put the 1" chlorine tablets in it. Also get the test strips and just make sure it doesn't get too high. Would still need to drain, but not as often.

Thanks, to all. Will check it out.
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21 x 7.5 gallons per cubic foot = 157.5 Gallons. Not much maybe 8 oz a day. It's all subjective to load too. How much it's used and by how many kids. It's going to evaporate no matter what. Just pour it around and mix it in. Check the surface of the pool material for slime too. With no filtration you'll probably want to dump the water often.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:10 PM
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ANy idea how much bleach to use for 21 cubic feet of water? a few oz., a cup???
I would think it should be about a cup every other day, but you could buy some test strips to play it safe. Have the girls step in a foot bath before they enter the pool the water might last a little longer.
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2 girls aged 2 1/2 and 4, on a hot day I may sit in there with them for half an hour and let them splash the crap out of me.

Thinking of getting them a slip and slide to wear them out.
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2 girls aged 2 1/2 and 4, on a hot day I may sit in there with them for half an hour and let them splash the crap out of me.

Thinking of getting them a slip and slide to wear them out.
I see a bigger pool in your future
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Old 05-24-2012, 05:21 PM
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I see a bigger pool in your future
The town pop. 15K has a great community pool but at their ages it's easier to keep them close to home with a shot at the community pool on occasion.

We do have a shore home for weekends w the boat too, if all that isn't good enough they'd better find a friend with a "bigger pool".
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