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    Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Hi all,

    I have a brand new Intex saltwayer system 15,000 gallon that was purchased for an above ground intex pool. We ended up ordering a pool from the pool factory instead, and I am wondering if we can use this intex system or if I should return it and get something else? If I do keep this, what else would I need to purchase to make it work? My new pool is 12 x 24 and 6800 gallons.

    The pool factory suggested I use this combo:
    Hayward S166T Sand Filter System with 1.5HP Power-Flo Pump
    Solaxx Saltron Retro Jet Saltwater Chlorine Generator

    I posted some questions / recommendations in the pumping station thread and did not receive any feedback.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I would like to order whatever I need asap. My pool is on the way now!

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    The Intex sand filter and SWG is fine for your pool. Lots of people here use them and are happy with them. If you want something different then I would recommend something with a 1hp 2speed pump. The Solaxx Saltron is also fine.

    Here is a thread with nice upgraded equipment.
    New above ground oval 18x33 install

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    I have the Saltron retro xl. I like it because it just hangs over the edge and doesn't require the pump to run to produce chlorine. I think a inline swcg makes for a nice install but I don't like having to run the pump to produce chlorine.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Thank you so much for your response!

    I talked to my pool installer as well as the pool factory today, and they both advised against the saltwater systems due to corrosion. Is there something I am missing here?

    If I do decide to keep the intex saltwater system I have, would this work decent with it, or is there a better alternative?
    Amazon.com : Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 2800 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI : Swimming Pool Sand Filters : Patio, Lawn Garden

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    I have the bigger one, better filter...

    Amazon.com : Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 3000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI : Swimming Pool Sand Filters : Patio, Lawn Garden

    The sand tank is 16" inches, the same like the one for more than $300 in the link and the pump is like 1 HP, which is more than enough, for only $157... Better combination I think...

    In others words if you go this route it will cost you $157 if you go the other way it will cost you $840..



    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Does that filter have a gauge on it? Can't tell in pics.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Yes, but I change mine for a TFP one, much better and reliable

    TFTestkits.net

    Then I bought an adapter to go from 1/4 male to 1/8 male I needed a 1/8xcl nipple and a 1/4x1/8 npt coupling





    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Thank you, I think this is the one I'm going to go with as well as the same gauge you purchased. Do you have a timer on your system?

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    The timer that I have now it's for the lights, the pump comes with his onw timer...

    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piolin View Post
    I have the bigger one, better filter...

    Amazon.com : Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump for Above Ground Pools, 3000 GPH Pump Flow Rate, 110-120V with GFCI : Swimming Pool Sand Filters : Patio, Lawn Garden

    The sand tank is 16" inches, the same like the one for more than $300 in the link and the pump is like 1 HP, which is more than enough, for only $157... Better combination I think...

    In others words if you go this route it will cost you $157 if you go the other way it will cost you $840..



    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test


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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    How many lbs of sand do I need to buy for this. And will it hook up to my intex saltwater system and pool or do I need adapters?
    Intex 18' x 48" ultra frame with Intex 3000gph Sand Filter, Intex SWG, TFT100

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    120 pounds, I went to Ace Hardware store, their pool sand is excellent, if you are using the Intex hoses they will connect just fine



    I use adaptors for hard plumbed PVC something that you can do and I recommend, but you can do later on

    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Thank you so much for the info. Online at ace it just shows hth brand.
    Intex 18' x 48" ultra frame with Intex 3000gph Sand Filter, Intex SWG, TFT100

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    I think that's the one, I have a extra bag in the garage I will take a look at now

    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Yeap that's the one, 50 pounds bag

    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Ok I can get it from do it best for 5.99. thank you
    Intex 18' x 48" ultra frame with Intex 3000gph Sand Filter, Intex SWG, TFT100

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Ok, I feel fancy- just updated my signature with all of my info and equipment

    Hoping my pool will arrive early this coming week and installers will be out around Wednesday/Thursday! The weather is horrible here right now... but supposed to be better in a few days.

    Next question- my pool installer told me to call an electrician to run a 110. Do I do this before the pool installers come out? How will I know where the panel on the pool will be and things need to go? Any idea on cost?

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    One more thing, to connect the Intex hoses to your non Intex pool, I think that you will need the adaptors, but that is not a deal breaker, you can do easily...

    Take a look at the stickies in the above ground pools forum for more information


    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Look at the link in post #2 in this tread, you can have an idea

    Starting day 5/25/2015 INTEX AGP 24'x12'x54" 8400 gal, with salt and borax, INTEX 16"sand filter, WM Hayward Skimmer, Intex SWG CG-28669, 1 1/2" hard plumbed PVC, Lil' Shark Vacuum With Leaf Canister, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex Saltwater System- Should I return it?

    Hmm, I don't see the info on the hoses I will need. Can I purchase the hoses locally or will I need to order online? Maybe my installer can tell me what I will need...
    12 x 24 Buried AGP 6,800 Gallons | Intex 16" Sand Filter | Intex Krystal Clear SWG
    Hayward Thru-Wall Skimmer | TF-100 Test Kit |Hayward 900 Wanda the Whale

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