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  • #9904
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
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    The down side of long term storing typical unscented type liquid bleach is it has a short shelf life. After 6 months of sitting on the shelf even unopened it’s been losing up to half its strength and continues to degrade and eventually become so weak it’s useless.
    The long term option is the other bleach, ‘Pool Shock’ dry granulated bleach. It has a full strength shelf life of 10+ years. “Granular Calcium Hypochlorite” is commonly sold as swimming pool ‘Pool Shock’ treatment and it’s available where ever pool supplies are sold. Purchase Pool Shock that contains “Calcium Hypochlorite” in a 60% to 73% concentration range with the rest being inert ingredients. 68% is very common on the retail web and is what I use.

    Recipe for using an entire 1 lb. Bag of Pool Shock to make 6% liquid bleach:

    5 quarts plus 1/2 pint of water.
    Add the entire 1 lb. bag of 68% Pool Shock.
    Mix until dissolved.
    Wait 2-3 hours for the inert ingredients to settle out, test it and then use.
    Use test strips after making the bleach. Depending on your pool shock strength you may have to use less or more water to make 6% strength bleach

    Pool Shock Storage:
    Granular Calcium Hypochlorite is the only choice for long term storage compared to liquid bleach because it will retain full strength over its shelf life of 10+ years! Just store it like you would any long term food; sealed in plastic jars or in heat sealed Mylar bags and keep it at room temperature.

    Caution:
    Do not purchase Pool Shock that includes any additives such as algaecide’s, anti-fungal’s or clarifiers. All you want is “Calcium Hypochlorite” and the rest being “Inert Ingredients”.

    Caution:
    There are a number of other very common Pool Shocks on the market today that are not “Calcium Hypochlorite”. Those should not be used to make your own bleach. “Chlorine Free” is another one of these pool shock treatments that contain Potassium Monopersulfate, this type should also not be used. Read the label carefully when buying pool shock!

    Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
    George S. Patton

    #9914
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    namelus
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    member7

    Husky where are you getting that pool shock in your area?

    #9916
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Gypsy Wanderer Husky
    Survivalist
    exprepper

    HTH Sock It Shock Treatment is what I use and can get it at walmart for $3.95 a bag.

    Here is its spect sheet.

    http://www.kellysolutions.com/erenewals/documentsubmit/KellyData/IA/pesticide/Product%20Label/1258/1258-913/1258-913_HTH_SOCK_IT_FAST_ACTION_SHOCK_TREATMENT_1_13_2006_7_47_54_AM.pdf

    Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
    George S. Patton

    #10077
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    freedom
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    rnews

    Thank you for the information, will use it.

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