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.