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    Converting to SWG

    Our current pool is without SWG. I'm interested in converting it to SWG. Couple of questions.

    1. Initial cost
    2. Difficulty of installation to existing pump and sand filter.
    3. Time to convert water

    Also, interested in putting a timer on the pump. Is it a difficult installation? Currently just have a switch to flip on/off, that also supplies the has heater.

    Thanks for any suggestions
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Re: Converting to SWG

    Not nearly enough info.

    1. Size of pool?

    2. Pic of existing pump and filter

    3. Instantaneous, if I understand your inquiry.
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    Re: Converting to SWG

    Most info can be found here: pool-school/salt_water_chlorine_generators

    1. Depends on the system and size of pool guessing $1000 +/- $400
    2. If you have worked with PVC and electricity before, install is pretty easy. Generally just using solvent on 2 fittings and attaching the cell with union fittings.
    3. Just have to adjust CYA, add the salt, circulate the water for 24 hours, turn on the generator ... may take a few weeks to dial in the % setting and pump run time to get the correct FC levels.

    Again, if you have done electrical work, adding a simple mechanical timer (Intermatic) is easy.
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    Converting to SWG

    I'll put up pics of my set up when I get home.

    Pool is in ground, 20x40

    I've done very basic electrical work, light switches, ceiling fans, etc, etc. I've never done PVC work.
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Converting to SWG





    Here's my set up
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    Re: Converting to SWG

    As the pool water exits the heater, you could disconnect that pipe and reroute it level accross and install the SWG there. I think I might even elevate that jandy valve up to the same level as the pipes to and from the heater just because I personally hate bending over (age has nothing to do with it ) I can't tell if that Jandy valve is threaded or not so you might lose it in the conversion.

    Working with PVC is easy enough. There's a lot of people on here who are QUITE good at it (each thinks they are the best, but I think it is probably me ) and everyone will help walk you through it if you choose that route.
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    Converting to SWG

    That valve turns in the fountains built into the decking. Would I just make a T junction between it and the heater or would it need to be down stream??
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    Re: Converting to SWG

    Here's the manual for the unit I installed. It shows where the cell goes. It's the last thing in line before the water goes to the pool.

    I'm surprised a system of that size has no timer. You definitely need to get a timer.
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    Converting to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH
    Here's the manual for the unit I installed. It shows where the cell goes. It's the last thing in line before the water goes to the pool.

    I'm surprised a system of that size has no timer. You definitely need to get a timer.
    Thanks, Does the link not show up using tapatalk?

    No timer because the pool builder recommends running pump 24/7. I didn't know any better until I found this site.
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    Re: Converting to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by ssrhodes6
    Thanks, Does the link not show up using tapatalk?
    Not showing up for me on standard browser either.

    Quote Originally Posted by ssrhodes6
    No timer because the pool builder recommends running pump 24/7. I didn't know any better until I found this site.
    Yeah, you shouldn't need to run 24/7, but if you wanted too, then at least a 2-speed pump would reduce your costs. Otherwise a timer makes sense.
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