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    Added Salt for "feel"

    Added 200lbs of salt this weekend to bring me up to 2000ppm. DGF says, without coaching, "Feels Silky".

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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Have you really noticed a Big difference in water with it?
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    I have heard that it can be a difference maker. Were you running 50 ppm of borates as well or just the salt?

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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Whoohoo!!!

    I love my salted pool too and I think it looks even more sparkly than unsalted. I've had many compliments on it and our skin and hair is not brittle or dry or anything.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    I'll chime in and say that I also got lots of compliments when I brought my salt up from 500ppm to 2,000ppm a couple weeks ago.

    I know part of it is that I keep on top of the ph but after I added the salt, my wife has stopped wearing goggles and I noticed a nephew and a friend of my daughter both playing happilly with their goggles almost half full of water.

    I really should find a little time for the borates...
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Uh . . . ditto!!!

    We run our pool at around 1800 ppm right now and I'm going to add another bag this weekend. It very definitely makes the water feel softer, hair tangles less, and skin feels smoother when it dries. I swim with my eyes open when I do laps. No more red and burning eyes!

    Salting a pool is a terrific improvement.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    Uh . . . ditto!!!

    We run our pool at around 1800 ppm right now and I'm going to add another bag this weekend. It very definitely makes the water feel softer, hair tangles less, and skin feels smoother when it dries. I swim with my eyes open when I do laps. No more red and burning eyes!

    Salting a pool is a terrific improvement.
    At risk of sounding like a shill for "Big Salt", I have to agree on the skin and hair tangles.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    What exactly do you do? If I just put in a bag or two of pool salt, will that be ok? Should I be concerned about doing that with my old, all steel pool? I really like the idea of how it would feel.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Your pool really isn't all steel, is it? Doesn't it have a vinyl liner?
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Well, sure, but the top rails are steel. Guess that's not a lot to be exposed to the salt water though.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    I added salt to about 1800 a few weeks ago and really like it. At least one frequent visitor noted a difference without being prompted. I just added water softener salt, and don't have a SWG -- despite having added salt, I'm supposed to still follow the Non-SWG chart for FC/CYA and keep my CYA at 40 instead of going up to 60 or 70 -- is that right??
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Quote Originally Posted by crek31
    despite having added salt, I'm supposed to still follow the Non-SWG chart for FC/CYA and keep my CYA at 40 instead of going up to 60 or 70 -- is that right??
    Yes, that's right, because the difference isn't related to the salt but to the more continuous dosing and super-chlorination in the SWG cell.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Thanks, chem geek.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    Just curious about people who use salt for feel instead of SWG. I was considering doing this but my wife and I both hate the taste of salt water pools.

    Does 2000ppm of salt or less give that taste?

    Will 1000ppm still give a nicer feel to the water? Perhaps that would be less noticed in our mouths when we swallow half the pool swimming.
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    Re: Added Salt for "feel"

    The level at which you can taste salt varies from person to person. The average is around 3,000 ppm, but some people can taste salt at much lower levels. Salt for feel uses a level around 2,000 ppm. Most people won't be able to taste that, but maybe one in 1,000 will.
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