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Chemical Dangers I Wish I knew Before Blowing Up My Chlorine Feeder

Bob Russell | March 20, 2017 in Indoor pools,Pool,Pool chemicals,Pool safety,Pool Service,Sanitizers | Comments (0)

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If you are a pool owner and love to do it yourself 

please read this short message:

 

The standard 3″ tablet used in erosion feeders is “TriChloro-S-Triazinetrione” (Cl3C3N3O3).

In the pool business, we refer to these 3″ tabs as “Trichlor Tabs.”

Recently, manufacturers of Calcium Hypochlorite have pressed their chlorine product into tablets about the same size as standard 3″ Trichlor tablets. This is where I see potential for disaster.

Every service person in the Pool Business learns chemical safety early, including: How to handle, store and transport pool chemicals and how to avoid mixing incompatible chemicals. Incompatible chemicals are so named because they can release hazardous gasses or react violently if mixed.

“Trichlor” Tablets should NEVER be mixed with Calcium Hypochlorite Tablets.

Even a small amount can cause a strong reaction including fire or explosion.

If you take care of your own pool- even partially, please be careful when shopping for tablets and only use what you’ve been using in your feeder all along- “Trichlor” Tablets.

Below are pictures of some of the new Calcium Hypochlorite tablets on the market. Always check the ingredients when you purchase “Chlorinating Tablets”!

Thank you!

 

 

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Calcium Hypochlorite Tablets

Copyright 2008, Tom Altany, www.altanyphoto.com

Calcium Hypochlorite Tablets

 


Remote Controls And Other High Tech Stuff- Part 1

Bob Russell | February 12, 2015 in Equipment maintenance,Indoor pools,Pool,Pool equipment,Pool Service | Comments (0)

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There are many remote control options for the pool and spa owner today. The one pictured above is from a pool inspection I did last summer in Westport. I’ll be nice: I hated this thing. I wondered what it must be like for pool owners.

If you are interested in remote controls, here are some tips to make your decision easy:

1) Ask someone who services and operates all these systems- I’m referring to your professional pool and spa service person. This is where you will get the best advice. Of course, you can ask your neighbor or co-worker, but I’m guessing they won’t be comparing ALL the systems an experienced service professional sees on a weekly basis.

2) Ask the right pool and spa professional.

That may smack of arrogance but here’s some inside information about the pool and spa trade:

  • Some companies are construction oriented- this orientation tends to select systems that install easily and give favorable margins.
  • Some companies are design oriented- this orientation seems to love bells and whistles and handsome controllers that integrate with whole-house systems- things that an interior designer or architect would approve of.
  • Some companies are service oriented- this orientation tends to select systems that are easiest to repair and maintain.

It is rare to find a company that is ALL THREE, this is what Glen Gate brings to the marketplace: brilliant design, installation AND a committed service relationship that makes owning a pool truly enjoyable.

Here is what we look for in remote control systems:

  1. Easy to operate: This may sound like a no-brainer, but in the end, it’s the Owner who will operate this equipment on a day to day basis.
  2. Supported by manufacturer: This is critical for us as our service clients expect reliable performance. On our end, that means our service team can always depend on technical support, available parts and a company that stands behind their work.
  3. Brilliant Design: Our demanding design team simply wants it all. When designing an award-winning property with a pool, spa and water feature- everything has to come together.

There are a LOT of remote control options out there. My advice is, don’t ask just anybody who looks like an expert. Ask a company that values and demands it all.

If you are interested in hearing more on this subject- including our 24/7 monitoring capabilities; or the new remote control APPS for your smart devices, please contact us. What you’ll get is a depth of experience and advice you can’t get anywhere else.

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