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    Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Hi All,

    Thinking of moving over to a SWG because I travel alot and we are often not home on the weekends. A SWG seems like the only real solution to be able to add chlorine without adding CYA and not babysitting the pool every day.

    Hate to spend the money, but hate more that everytime I go away I am constatntly worried my pool will get away from me.



    Thanks for the comments in advance!
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Ohh yes

    Here is a very new thread
    SWG the best answer?
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I converted to swg in April in last year and have loved it ever since. My filter and swg are both controlled by a timer that I have set for two 2 hour periods a day with the swg output set for 40% to 50% depending on the days temperature and pool party load. I can leave the pool unattended a few times a season for 2 weeks at a time without worry of coming back to swamp unless something like a hurricane hits while I'm gone. Once I am comfortable that everything is running as I want, my testing goes to once every 7 to 10 days (when I'm not on vacation that is).
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I've never had anything else, but can't imagine not having it. As close to set it and forget it you can get with a pool. (Disclaimer: don't actually set it and forget)
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I notice you went with a hayward system...I was just going to start a thread becasue lots of people think a $0K cell is too small for a 38K pool.....but Im thinking you must have gone that route no?

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    You have a hayward 40K cell I take it? I was just going to start a thread because most people say you I need to have a larger cell then 40K...my pool is 38,000. You're OK with the 40K?
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    It would not be big enough for your pool. You need a "60". Even my last 60 wasn't big enough.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Check out the Circupool SWG.

    Best pool decision I've made was switching to salt.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    why would SWG companies under rate theirnproducts?
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Best decision I've made. My pool has been open for almost 7 weeks and I've used exactly two gallons of bleach and a little acid. Second best was replacing my 10 yr old pump with a new variable speed.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRJGR View Post
    why would SWG companies under rate theirnproducts?
    The cells will work in the pool size specified. The reason that it is recommended to upsize is so the cell does not have to run at its max rate. If you run them at a lower rate they will last longer.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I got tired of manually dosing chlorine pretty quick and installed a SWCG (Salt Water Chlorine Generator). Very happy I did. Go with the largest your budget can afford. SWCG are rated on daily out put (24 hours of run time) most people here don't run their pump 24 hours no need to. SWCG manufacturers estimate chlorine usages based on size of pool in gallons, and rate their cells that way (in gallons). We recommend you go 2-3 times your pool size to match up with their stated size, but bigger is better. You can turn down the output of most SWCGs. Cells are typically rated for 5000-8000 hours of life at 100%.

    Your other option is bumping up to shock level on Friday before you leave and hope all is well when you return. That's what I think most of the once a weeks pool services do.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I really would prefer to go with Hayward but my pool is 38,000 gallons and there is no way I m going to run the pump 24/7. I usually run the pump about 9 hrs a day....I know other companies make larger units, I just dont trust them...the idea of supplementing with Bleach is interesting but sort of dfeats the purpose....Thaks for the reply
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Depending on how you look at the cell size...

    TFP is about easy pool care, and at the same time, keeping it econimical. Using SWGs size 1 /2 - 3 x the size of the pool is a more long term econimical way of implementing a SWG.

    The 40K may keep your pool chlorinated at the appropriate level. And all things being equal as an example, it may need to be set at 100% output to do it. Whereas a larger cell could run at 60% and produce the same amount of chlorine in the same amount of time.

    The longer you have to run the cell, or at higher output, the more quickly it will eventually wear out and need to be replaced.

    A 40K cell may last you 3 or 4 years according to the manufacturer and they probably use 100% as their factor. A 60K could likely stretch out to 6 or 7 before the cell needs to be replaced

    So, we recommend to look at the long term financial cost of expected cell replacement, then make the decision that's the best fit for you.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Lots of folks here with Circupool and Pentair SWGs who are happy with them. I'll throw a +1 for Pentair. I will not hesitate to order another Pentair cell when this one fails. Mine is starting season 5 and has been outstanding. I was even able to maintain a SLAM at 28ppm FC last summer with almost no bleach.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Hmmm..maybe I'll look at pentair then...agh..thought this was an easy decison...I realize that a smaller cell wont last as long. Im OK with that, but dont want to run my pump 24/7. I dont suppose you could retrofit a standard pool motor to a variable speed?
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    I went the whole 9 yards and did complete automation with an Autopliot system. We love it. Just throw in the robot one a week and the pool is clean and shiny. The unit has been running since early March and it's keeping the FC between 3.5- 6.5 ph at 7.45- 7.52 with the Temps going from the 60s to the mid 80s. We running in ORP mode and the pump runs from 9 am to 9 pm at 1750 rpms. Before we swim I'll turn the pump speed up to 2250 to get a little better skimming action. It has made pool care sooo easy.
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    ckk81,

    you have a 36K pool with a Hayward 40K unit and a single spped pump. How often are you running your pump and how much Chl is you system making per day?

    Thanks
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    Re: Is going SWG the best thing you have ever done?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeRJGR View Post
    Hmmm..maybe I'll look at pentair then...agh..thought this was an easy decison...I realize that a smaller cell wont last as long. Im OK with that, but dont want to run my pump 24/7. I dont suppose you could retrofit a standard pool motor to a variable speed?
    Yes, replacement VS motors are available.

    But, there are also some less expensive VS pumps on the market, here is one.
    Pentair SuperFlo VS Pump 342001 | Pentair 342001 sunplay.com
    Pentair SuperFlo VS 1-1/2 HP Variable Speed Pump (220V ) - 342000 - INYOPools.com


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