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Thread: Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

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    Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

    I'm a newbie - just bought a house that has a permasalt system and I plan to switch to BBB. My question is, what do I do with the permasalt ionizer? Will unplugging it turn it off and stop it from putting copper into my pool? Thanks for your help ... this site is such a great source of info!
    13,600 gallon AG pool
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    Re: Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Unplugging it is enough.

    When switching, it is a good idea to get a copper test result, in case your copper level is high and you need to use seqestrant.
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    Re: Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

    Thank you. I turned the permasalt thing to Off and shocked the pool with the left over powdered chlorine I got on the last visit to the pool shop. I had good chlorine levels before bed and hardly any in the morning. I picked up 4 jugs of bleach today and plan to shock again tomorrow. Pool looks pretty clear.
    13,600 gallon AG pool
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    Re: Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

    Do I need to wait to know the copper level before adding CYA or shocking the pool?

    Here are my current levels:
    FC 0.5
    CC 0.5
    TC 1
    pH 7.8
    T/A 130
    CH 100
    CYA 0

    Thanks!
    13,600 gallon AG pool
    Cartridge filter
    1.5 HP Waterway pump model number SD151N11CC

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    Re: Switching from Permasalt to BBB - need help!

    I do not believe you do, but if I'm wrong someone will correct me. I see your post has been here for a while without answer, so bump...

    Getting a handle on the CC issue with shocking would be my first priority. A little CYA (20-30ppm) will make the shocking process cheaper and more effective, yes add it now.

    Here's how I would begin shocking in this situation (assuming HTH CYA, as it dissolves pretty fast. Pool store CYA is reported here to be less soluble). Squish the sock after a few minutes of soaking and raise FC to shock level for around 5ppm CYA to start. In an hour or so after squishing the sock take a FC reading and up FC to CYA shock level of ~10ppm and maintain that for a few hours while you squish the sock. Repeat, repeat, repeat... Raise the FC shock level in relation to how much CYA is left in the sock after squishing all day. Once it's gone from the sock assume it's in the pool and maintain shock level for the full CYA you intended.
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