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    Newbie with question about salting a chlorine pool

    My 13 yo son had hands that prune like crazy when he uses the pool, to the point of being painful. He prunes more than everyone else, but we all do. How do I measure the salt level in the pool? If I bring it up to 1500 or 2000ppm will I harm my pool equipment, and will it help with the pruning?

    It is an indoor pool, so no direct sunlight. Everything else looks good, except for FC which is a little too high still. Testing from tonight:
    CYA - 30
    TA - 100
    pH - 7.4
    FC and TC - 9 (currently just waiting for it to slowly come down)
    CH - 225-250 range.


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    Re: Newbie with question about salting a chlorine pool

    Pruning happens because you skin expands when it absorbs moisture. I don't believe salt has anything to do with.

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    Murrieta, CA

    Re: Newbie with question about salting a chlorine pool

    Hello Rick,
    Welcome to the group. You using pucks? Indoor pools don't need CYA, no sun light to break down the chlorine. Yes you can add salt for a better feel. Many do. You're pool won't be at zero though, the chemicals added will add salt over a period of time.
    Some people also add borates and report the water feels silkier.
    Murrieta, CA. 15K (Est) pool/spa. Hayward Tristar SP3220EE 2.70HP pump, Hayward Swimclear Cartridge filter C4025 425sqft (PA106), Pentair Mastertemp 400 heater. TF-100/Speedstir

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    Long Beach, CA

    Re: Newbie with question about salting a chlorine pool

    You can use Aqua Check salt test strips to measure how much salt is already in your pool. You could also take in a water sample to your pool store and that should get you in the ballpark. Your starting salt level should not be zero. You can order them from or your pool store should have some.
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