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    is an SWG right for me?

    I have copd and the energy required to carry bleach to my cart, pay for it, get it out of the store, into the car, out of the car and into the house and then out to the pool along with the actual walking back and forth (not far, but hard on someone with copd nonetheless) is something that I was able to handle this year with a lot of help from my superman husband, but as my disease progresses, I am wanting to automate as much of my pool care as possible. I am wondering if I understand the swg process correctly?

    I buy the swg, make sure I have the proper pump for my size pool (pretty sure I need to upgrade, but this one seems to do just fine really), get the salt needed to bring my levels up to correct levels and then pretty much just test and adjust my swg output as needed to keep it in range? no buying salt off and on all year long like I do with chlorine? just a bit maybe if my levels drop for some reason?

    I don't mind the upfront expense of the swg, I do that anyway a lot by buying stuff I need at the beginning of the season to get me thru most of it so that I don't find myself in a bind since I live at least 45 minutes from the nearest walmart and that is not even a big one, I am an hour and a half from the big ones...

    will the salt eat up my wooden deck and metal framework? I have read stories of people saying that you should plan to replace anything within 50 ft of a saltwater pool every 2 or 3 years due to corrosion...

    any advice as to what type/size swg and pump I should consider as a minimum? my pool is almost tree free...I think we have had 7 leaves in it since we opened in june and mostly just my husband and myself for the most part, a few guests over the summer, but mostly just us. truthfully, more me than him even, he won't swim unless it is 86 degrees most of the time LOL

    thanks in advance for any assistance!

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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    In my opinion, you'll be glad you got it. I haven't heard of needing to replace stuff every 2 to 3 years.

    Others will be along shortly with more info!
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    i am considering this intex pump:
    Manufacturer Part Number: 28647EG

    and this intex swg:
    Manufacturer Part Number: 54601EG
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Intex changes their model numbers so frequently it's hard to keep up, but I believe that is the larger SWG which produces 12 g/hr of chlorine. If so, that is perfect for your pool.

    The pump is on the small side of what I would recommend, but will probably be just fine as well. If you can get the next size larger pump/filter for not much more, say $20-30, I would do it. But if not, this one will work.
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Awesome.. when I make my final decision I will make sure i am looking at both items for at least a 15000 gal pool, which is bigger than mine, should cover me i think
    Windy ☆ 22ft round, 11,400 gal, intex ag vinyl, SF70110-1 Intex sand filter/2800 gph pump, CS8110 intex swg, city water, solar heater, TF100 test kit/speed stirrer, over the wall intex skimmer~fall river ks~SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math

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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Remember that in the winter or when the water gets below 60, you will have to add bleach because the SWG won't work. I haven't had to experience this yet since my pool is only 5 months old. Also, you may have to buy a few bags of salt to add to your pool throughout the season if you have a lot of rain.
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    I am under the impression that when I close it for the winter I'm supposed to raise the FC to slam levels and then cover it for the winter. With it being clean and covered it should not require additional pouring through those months is what I thought I read. I will have to look into that a little deeper
    Windy ☆ 22ft round, 11,400 gal, intex ag vinyl, SF70110-1 Intex sand filter/2800 gph pump, CS8110 intex swg, city water, solar heater, TF100 test kit/speed stirrer, over the wall intex skimmer~fall river ks~SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math

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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Ah, so sorry! I didn't realize you closed for the winter.
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Last year we took it down so this will be our first year of leaving it up and I really haven't looked at all my options but I'm pretty sure I need to close it because we do get below freezing quite a bit here in the winter
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Can you please clarify why the swg would not work in water under 60 degrees? That is not a piece of information I run across yet... I do still plan to close my pool but now I'm curious about that
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    I believe they stop producing chlorine when the water gets too cold, around 60 degrees. Like I said, I haven't experienced this yet, but remember reading this on the forum. Of course I could get out my owners manual...
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Honestly I haven't read up nearly as much as I need to on the whole SWG thing. I just found tfp in July and have spent all of July and August getting the whole process down pat and I'm just now ready to up my game for next year.
    Windy ☆ 22ft round, 11,400 gal, intex ag vinyl, SF70110-1 Intex sand filter/2800 gph pump, CS8110 intex swg, city water, solar heater, TF100 test kit/speed stirrer, over the wall intex skimmer~fall river ks~SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math

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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    Once your water gets below 60 degrees, algae won't grow in it anyway, so it's not really an issue.
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    Re: is an SWG right for me?

    That was kind of the impression I got from the things I've read... I'm pretty sure I read that I should bring my FC up to slam level and then go ahead and cover it once my water drops below 60 and stays there
    Windy ☆ 22ft round, 11,400 gal, intex ag vinyl, SF70110-1 Intex sand filter/2800 gph pump, CS8110 intex swg, city water, solar heater, TF100 test kit/speed stirrer, over the wall intex skimmer~fall river ks~SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math

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