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    Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Hi all,

    We would like to add salt to improve the feel of the water. I know how much to add thanks to Pool Math, but I'm not sure when to add it. We're on the tail end of SLAMing. The pool is clear, i just need to do the overnight test to make sure the algae is gone and let the FC drop.

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    AG pool is a 7,500, 200# sand filter, 2 speed pump and Taylor kit,

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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Anyone?
    AG pool is a 7,500, 200# sand filter, 2 speed pump and Taylor kit,

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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    I would wait until your SLAM is completed and you rechecked all other perimeters. Not that the salt should effect anything, but just to make sure all is good with the SLAM, etc. (just my personal preference.)
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    I agree with PAGirl, wait until SLAM is complete. Do you have a salt test kit? You should check to what the salt level is, do not assume that it's 0. I added salt to my pool for the first time last year (2,000ppm) and didn't tell anyone and immediately got some positive feedback from guests. Did it again this year.
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    I don't. I just figured I would go to the pool store (gasp!) to get a salt reading LOL!

    I'm looking forward to see how the water feels!
    AG pool is a 7,500, 200# sand filter, 2 speed pump and Taylor kit,

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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    I added about half of what is recommended, have not gotten around to doing the other half yet. Between work, yard projects, and the weather back and forth, I just haven't gotten it completed. Hope to this week. Using half seemed to make a bit of a difference.
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Does adding salt without a swg pose any issues for the equipment?

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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    No...
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    We don't have a SWG, but wanted to add salt to achieve eye comfort. Two days ago we added enough Morton Pool Salt (slow to dissolve - took me ~2 hours to add/mix) to go from zero (assumed) to 2500 ppm per PoolMath. Today the water is much friendlier to our eyes (young grand kids agree). Because we have no SWG, don't backwash, and are way below 7000 ppm (tear level), we don't plan to test; when/if our eyes get uncomfortable, we'll test.

    Thank you TFP, for providing us the confidence to make the water more comfortable for our eyes
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    pool store said my initial level was 2000 ppm so i added only half of my initial planned amount. repeat test showed about 2500 ppm, so all good. i do like the way it feels, although i can taste the salt. i used quick dissolving pool salt that i was able to get for 6.40/40 lb bag. no mixing/brushing, instantaneous.
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Quote Originally Posted by pookiesunshine View Post
    . . . i used quick dissolving pool salt that i was able to get for 6.40/40 lb bag. no mixing/brushing, instantaneous.
    What brand?
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    installation pics (2015-2016)

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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Aquasalt
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    Re: Question about adding salt in non-SWG pool

    Quote Originally Posted by pookiesunshine View Post
    Aquasalt
    Thanks. Around here Aquasalt is about $35/40lb bag. You got a great deal.
    Chas & Cheryl (first-time, second-year pool owners)
    Radiant Metric Oval AGP 16'x32'x52"; Pentair: Clean&Clear 150 Cartridge, OptiFlo 1.5 Hp 2-spd, and 320C Feeder (all mounted below water level); Taylor K-2006 & SpeedStir; Maytronics Dolphin E10 (aka Einstein)
    installation pics (2015-2016)

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