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    Intex SWG trouble

    I've just about had it with Intex. I bought a CS8110 in June of '10. It stopped working - no display - and they sent me a new one in July of '10. I struggled with it for all of last year, and finally got in a routine of cleaning the tube with Muratic acid/water every couple of months, that seemed to do the trick. I really didn't want to take the pool down, so I let it run through the winter, but it started showing low salt some time in the fall, so I added a bag of salt, that didn't work, so I said forget it & drained the pool.

    Anyway, this year I spent some time building a deck & a new ladder, slowly filling the pool & making sure it was level, added a skimmer. It's a 20' x 4' round above-ground, around 6300 gallons, and I'm running a 100 lb sand filter (forget the gpm; 3000? got sick of changing or cleaning the little paper filter every day) so there's plenty of flow. I had the water tested, and I'm at 3200 ppm salt (7.7 pH, 84 alkalinity), but the @*#*@#$() low-salt indicator was still on. I called Intex, and they sent me a brand-new electrolytic cell. While waiting, I put in a pound of shock and some CYA, per the pool store's recommendations. That at least turned the water a cloudy blue instead of cloudy green...

    So, I just switched out the old cell, ran the filter for 20-30 minutes, turned on the SWG and TADA! now I have a #()@#$)(%!~~~(@#(! service light on. I pulled off the connector, and there's zero voltage going to the plates. I guess I managed to fry the power supply or blow a fuse, who knows. It's still under warranty, so Intex will fix it, but is there anything I can do in the mean time?

    I have a whole box full of unused "wall adapters", at various voltages and current ratings. Just to get some chlorine generated while waiting on warranty service, can I just hook up one of these adapters to the plates? When the SWG was working, the pool water was beautiful, and I really don't want to put any more chemicals in than I have to. Maybe if someone knows how this generator is supposed to work, I can just build my own controller. The Intex is over-engineered, in my opinion. Isn't it only checking for flow, applying voltage to the plates, and measuring the current? High current = "high salt" and low current = "low salt"? It shouldn't be that complicated...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I did do some searching but couldn't find what I need.

    Thanks
    -Mark
    No pool right now: hoping for a gunite pool in the near future
    Previous pool (poles rusted out due to salt water):
    6300 gallon Intex above-ground pool
    2650 GPH Intex 100lb sand filter
    CS8110 Salt-water Generator

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    You can use the Pool Calculator (in my sig) to manually chlorinate the pool. You should get your own test kit also.
    Intex don't seem to want to chlorinate below 70F so I use Clorox bleach while it is turned off.

    And welcome to TFP!

    [edit to add link]

    Here is something you might want to read:

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...ater_generator
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    So I can put in plain bleach from the store? Hmmm.... How can I find out what %bleach it is, or can I assume 6% for the "plain" bleach?

    And thanks, btw. I feel better putting in bleach than chlorine tablets...
    No pool right now: hoping for a gunite pool in the near future
    Previous pool (poles rusted out due to salt water):
    6300 gallon Intex above-ground pool
    2650 GPH Intex 100lb sand filter
    CS8110 Salt-water Generator

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    Or is it the "Sodium Hypochlorite" that I'm looking for? (It says 6% on the bottle)
    No pool right now: hoping for a gunite pool in the near future
    Previous pool (poles rusted out due to salt water):
    6300 gallon Intex above-ground pool
    2650 GPH Intex 100lb sand filter
    CS8110 Salt-water Generator

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    You should read Pool School, it will save you money

    Start with this one:
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-.../bbb_for_pools
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    Duh ... most of what I need is there (pool school), for maintaining my pool sans SWG. I used the pool calculator and just put in some bleach, so at least the water will clear up. It'll probably be another month or two before the water's hot enough to swim in, though, but I just hate looking at that green sludge...

    I still would like an answer to my question. Does anyone know the plate voltage and current that the Intex CS8110 SWG puts on its electrolytic cell?

    -Mark
    No pool right now: hoping for a gunite pool in the near future
    Previous pool (poles rusted out due to salt water):
    6300 gallon Intex above-ground pool
    2650 GPH Intex 100lb sand filter
    CS8110 Salt-water Generator

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    Re: Intex SWG trouble

    I still would like an answer to my question. Does anyone know the plate voltage and current that the Intex CS8110 SWG puts on its electrolytic cell?
    Sorry I cant help you with that. Someone should come along soon that might.
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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