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    Default Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    Interesting story I just read here:

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/9349489/detail.html

    Sodium hydrogen chloride? Erm, methinks someone got the quote wrong. Two metals are generally not part of a compound. More likely Sodium Hypochlorite....in other words, BLEACH.

    What's the world coming to?

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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    Well, there are other possibilities:
    Hydgogen chloride (muriatic acid)
    Sodium Hydrogen carbonate (baking soda)
    Sodium Chloride (salt)
    Sodium Hydrogen Sulfate (sodium bisulfate or dry acid)
    all of these are normal pool chemicals but I guess if the pH is too low from either muriatic acid or dry acid it might show up as an itchy feeling, Then again, so could too much chlorine I guess.
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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    Yeah, I thought about those, but none seemed to add up to an itchy feeling like hitting the spa with too much Cl. Definately a non-standard compound name they came up with.

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    well, what else can you expect from a jounalist trying to make up, er, I mean get a story for the news!
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    At least they weren't exposed to dihydrogenmonoxide!!!!
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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    At least they weren't exposed to dihydrogenmonoxide!!!!
    So true! If that stuff gets into your lungs while you are in your pool it can kill you!
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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    I just found out my pool contains huge amounts of dihydrogenmonoxide, At this point I am totally unsure as to how to deal with it. I was told the amount will decrease on very hot days. Anyone know if that is true?

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    haze, you need to get your DHMO levels down NOW. Immediately drain the pool, and re-test. You want readings somewhere in the 20% range. This is a common mistake (having too much DHMO). It is a very nasty substance with all sorts of evil uses. Make sure to tell the folks you meet in the pool stores about its dangers!!

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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    Quote Originally Posted by waterbear
    So true! If that stuff gets into your lungs while you are in your pool it can kill you!
    My PS234 doesn't test for dihydrogenmonoxide. How can I find out if this stuff is in my pool or if it is at a safe level?

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    Default Re: Sodium Hydrogen Chloride OH NOES!!

    This very dangerous condition is seldom discussed on the forum but, fortunately, Ben's kit will test for it.

    1. Fill the large comparator tube to the 25ml mark with pool water

    2. Add 4 drops of distilled water and swirl to mix

    3. If your sample turns blue, green, red, or chartreuse.....you're safe.

    4. If your sample stays clear you have a very bad case of it and you should immediately take cygnusecks advice and drain your pool.

    I have heard that a large magnet placed in the pool will help in this clearing process, but only for Libras and Scorpios. VOLDADDY, do not use your new waterproof phone near the pool if you install the magnet.
    Last edited by duraleigh; 06-13-2006 at 11:32 AM.

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