I am getting some tannish, sticky gunk inside the chlorinator of
my pool that gets onto the threads of the top of the chlorinator and
hardens which makes getting the chlorinator open harder and harder. Any
ideas as to what it is, how to stop it and how to get it off the
Trichlor tablets are fabricated by filling a mold with trichlor
granules and compressing them. The process creates heat and makes the
tablet want to adhere to the mold. This heat and sticking slows down
What you're seeing is probably stearates or some other binder or
lubricant, added to the mix to minimize adherence and allowing the
manufacturing equipment to run faster.
Try switching brands.
I wouldn't know, sorry, I don't use trichlor. I don't even want to
suggest anything as I'd hate to give bad/wrong suggestions and have the
chlorinator blow up. Perhaps you could ask Richard Kinch, a frequent
contributor here and an authority on pool chemistry and chemicals.
He's at www.truetex.com.
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