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    Jojo4A's Avatar
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    Need to add salt.

    We have had a lot of rain here in West Alabama. Did my full testing and my salt reading is 2600ppm, with a goal of 3000. According to Pool Calculator, I need to add 54 pounds of salt. Couple of questions. 1. I know I need to add salt specifically for pools, I read somewhere it was ok to use the same salt that is used in water softening systems. Is that correct? 2. Do I just dump the salt in the pool?

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    Re: Need to add salt.

    I use the Solar Salt from the hardware stores ... about 60% of the cost of the "pool" salt. The pool salt is just ground up a little more so it dissolves faster. The solar salt still dissolves in a matter of minutes. Just dump it in and brush it around.

    You do not want any salt that has any additives (rust inhibitors, etc).
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    Re: Need to add salt.

    Same here, the Diamond Solar Salt from the hardware store. Super cheap.
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    Re: Need to add salt.

    I've used pool salt from Walmart and water softener salt (the one that is only bag?). Salt is salt, right?
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    Re: Need to add salt.

    Blue bag almost anywhere you go... watch the amounts.. sometimes the sizes of the bags vary a bit. I just scatter it around the pool and it dissolves pretty quickly with the pump running.
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    Re: Need to add salt.

    When ever you add salt to the pool make sure the SWG is turned off for a day. You don't want the cell get exposed to a high amount of salt at any time. Just add bleach for a day while the SWG is off.
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