Just found this board by posting search on google for some issues I have. I found the information very useful and good stuff.
I would like to see if there are any ballpark numbers for some of my equipment, pump speed etc.
I have approx 18000 gallon pool. Just put in Intelliflo pump, AquaRite Salt system. Repiped all the diverter valve and entire pad piping.
I thought by putting in a variable speed pump i could save money.. and i did. my bill went down from 350 to 107 last month. No house AC , no house heating.. just the pool and some basic lighting and stove running in the home.
I did an initial dose of 10 bags of salt ( 40 lb ) and seems to have brought the salt up to 3800. I tested with strips and confirms the reading on the aquarite.
I dosed with Cyaneric acid to get stabilizer in place. Stopped using the tabs since they also have the stabilizer.
I run my pump 1 hour on cleaning mode 3000 rpm with Hayward suction sweep. Then it switches down to 1800 RPM to make chlorine. My AquaRite is on the old dial type timers that were still in the distribution panel. So i time the pool to come on at 9 am, timer for salt system starts about 9:10. Then I stop the pumps at 6 PM and the timer for the salt system is off around 555.
As of right now my ph is 7.8 but no chlorine at all. I had a hard time getting the lowest pump speed to run making chlorine without kicking off on low flow. 1800 seems to be working right now. But i guess if my suction strainer or filter get plugged it will kick off.
I"m wondering if there is some way to tie all this together. Seems like I spend less time in the pool and more time fiddling around with the gear. I dont mind.. i was an engineer on ships for some time. But.. it will probably get old after a while. I'm glad i dont use chlorine anymore.. I like the water now with just salt.
But I'm yet to really see any chlorine being generated. My system is about 2 weeks old and thats where I'm at.
My dog wont stay out of the pool now either. maybe he likes the algae.