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    Adding Salt?

    Well it's been a long process 4 months. It's now time to add salt and hook up the salt cell. I have read the pool school on adding salt and just want to ask if there is any additional advice. Here is what I have now.

    Ph 7.5
    FC 3.5
    Ta 80
    Ch 300
    Cya 35

    I do not have the salt cell installed yet it's an ic40. I also don't have my pool cleaner in yet it's a pentair kreepy krauly. I'm wondering about timing? Should I install the salt! test get it right then install the equipment or install don't use for a day or two then turn it on? Also it's a 23500 gallon pool with no salt yet I'm figuring about 675 lbs of salt to get it to 3400ppm does that sound about right to you? Thanks Steve
    Here is a link to the pool so far! http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/31/img1193br.jpg/
    24X38'ish 23,500 gallon Geometric with 10x10 spa(12jets), Pentair IC40 SWG, Pentair intelliflow(pool-spa), pentair whispersflow 2HP(booster spa jets), Two Polaris 1.5 Hp blowers, Pentair Wisperflow XF 3HP(2 6 foot water falls), Pentair clean&clear plus 520, Pentair Master temp 400. Intelli PH acid dispenser, Intellitouch with iPhone and iPad control. Two 45000 BTU fire bowls and one 60000 BTU fire pit.

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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Test the salt level in the pool before adding salt, or add only about 500 pounds and then retest. Most fill water contains some salt, but the amount varies.

    If this is a plaster pool, then you need to wait 30 days after plaster before adding salt. If it is plaster after 30 days, you can add the salt, but do not allow piles of salt to sit on the plaster too long in one spot.

    If the water is going to be below 60 F, then it would be best to wait to install the equipment until the water is above 60 F. Get the salt level correct and then add the equipment.

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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Thanks James I was hoping you would reply! Ya the water is 56 degrees. I'm at about 40 days now. It wont hurt the pool to have the salt in it with no salt cell will it. I'll just control the fc with bleach. I'll add 500 lbs and see how that does thanks I'm going to test the salt now. Steve
    24X38'ish 23,500 gallon Geometric with 10x10 spa(12jets), Pentair IC40 SWG, Pentair intelliflow(pool-spa), pentair whispersflow 2HP(booster spa jets), Two Polaris 1.5 Hp blowers, Pentair Wisperflow XF 3HP(2 6 foot water falls), Pentair clean&clear plus 520, Pentair Master temp 400. Intelli PH acid dispenser, Intellitouch with iPhone and iPad control. Two 45000 BTU fire bowls and one 60000 BTU fire pit.

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    Re: Adding Salt?

    You can add the salt now, but it would be best to wait until the water warms up before installing/using the equipment.

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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Thanks James thats what I'll do. Should i put a bag or two in the spa or just put it all in the pool?
    24X38'ish 23,500 gallon Geometric with 10x10 spa(12jets), Pentair IC40 SWG, Pentair intelliflow(pool-spa), pentair whispersflow 2HP(booster spa jets), Two Polaris 1.5 Hp blowers, Pentair Wisperflow XF 3HP(2 6 foot water falls), Pentair clean&clear plus 520, Pentair Master temp 400. Intelli PH acid dispenser, Intellitouch with iPhone and iPad control. Two 45000 BTU fire bowls and one 60000 BTU fire pit.

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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Just put it in the pool it will mix with time. It will take longer for the salt to dissolve with the cooler temperatures but it looks very cool sitting on the bottom. When I added my salt water was about 70 degrees and it took about 1/2 hour to dissolve. I didn't have the pump on, but I did brush down the sides of the pool to stir the water to help dissolve/mix it. You could add, brush, add, brush and you should be good to go. Can you really ever brush the sides of the pool too much?
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    Re: Adding Salt?

    Hi, Steve,

    Great looking pool! Now that the salt addition is all set, your other results look pretty good. A couple of things to watch for....

    1. Of course, you'll want to increase your CYA once your SWG begins to generate. 60 is a good start but you are in no hurry because of the cool temps.

    2. Keep a long-term eye on the CH. It's fine where it is but may start to creep up on you this summer. If it does, keep your pH down in the lower 7's to compensate.

    3. Get your cleaner working soon. It is difficult for them to overcome a REALLY dirty pool. Don't let it get away from you. I run my cleaner at least weekly all through the winter.
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