My name is Dan and im new to this forum as well as new to owning an above ground pool. On a recent trip to Costco for a couple small things , the wife and I noticed they had what looked to be a nice above ground pool for sale. It is a 16 x 9 x 48 Bestway brand pool that comes with a sand filter pump that has a flow rate of 2500 gallons per hour as well as all the accessories to care for the pool. After discovering this forum, we decided that we would like to have a saltwater system in this pool. I've done some reading here and there on this forum and I realized that the saltwater will rust the frame faster than usual. We are actually okay with that. After some discussion we decided that this will be a trial pool to decide if we really enjoy having a pool and enjoy maintaining it as well. So after three or four years we'll make a judgement decision and either buy a new larger pool or be done with it all together.
So we bought the pool! Upon returning home with our new treasurer I quickly went to Amazon and found the Intex crystal clear salt water generator for pools up to 15,000 gallons with copper ionization for $108 and change so I purchase that. Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with Copper Ionization Amazon.com : Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System with Copper Ionization : Swimming Pool Chlorine Alternatives : Patio, Lawn Garden
Now fast-forward about a week or so, I've received my new salt water generator, I've leveled the ground with about four thousand pounds of sand, assemble the pool, filled it up, and it turned out to be level within a half an inch all the way around! That was no small task. from the literature that comes with the pool I know that my pool contains about 3,800 gallons of water. According to the literature with a saltwater generator, I've determined that amount of water requires between 80 and 90 pounds of salt. I've added about 90 pounds. So that's about where I am. I ran the pump overnight to dissolve the salt a little better and now I've come to a screeching halt. I have no clue what to do next to get this thing started. Are there any other chemicals I need before I can get this thing running? I have not turned on the saltwater generator yet. I have purchased a basic testing kit, but I have not opened it or used it. I bought this one from Home Depot.
5-Way Pool and Spa Test Kit
5-Way Pool and Spa Test Kit-62364 - The Home Depot
Will that work for a saltwater pool? I noticed the saltwater generator came with some test strips but from what I read test strips can be quite unreliable.
Anyways so that's where I'm at sorry about the long drawn out post but I really don't know where to start. If anyone can point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it and I look forward to following along and being a part of the community here on TFP!
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