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    New SWG owner needs advise

    Today I bought 650 lbs. of salt 99.8%. All I have to do is dump all the salt in the pool, brush it around to help dissolve, wait a few days and turn the unit on? Am I missing something? I will test the chemicals with a Taylor 2005 kit.

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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    What's the salt level in the pool water now?
    It's almost never zero and often it's quite high. You should have it tested before you add any to it.
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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    What's the salt level in the pool water now?
    It's almost never zero and often it's quite high. You should have it tested before you add any to it.

    We are switching from chlorine. Never had salt. Expect the unit to be installed on Saturday.

    So do I dump all the salt in the pool. I have around 21K gallons

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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    You're not understanding. I've never put a drop of salt in my pool and my salt is 1600 ppm. I've always used bleach. All forms of chlorine add salt.
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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    Bama Rambler is right. Test the salt level first and then adjust from that number. You might be shocked to find out there actually is already some salt in there. The salt strips are reasonably accurate and can be bought for about $10 at any pool store. (I can even find them sometimes at Menards.)

    Even if you think you know how much salt you need, add a little less. You can always add more salt, but removing salt is a pain in the backside. (Trust me, I just recently had to do it when changing SWGs.) Since salt dissolves pretty quickly, you'll be able to retest in a 24-48 hours. Since the SWG isn't being installed until Saturday, you have time. (You're right to add it in advance of the SWG, though.)

    When you do add it, then just dump it in and brush around. There's a thread somewhere about having the kids disperse it around with their hands. I haven't tried it but it sounds VERY cool.
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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    OK I will get the test strips and test my salt level. Once I know that then do just dump the salt in?

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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    Once you know, yes, just dump around. We usually try to broadcast it out a bit and around. Be careful to keep it off of the concrete. (Or sweep it off the concrete when you're done.)

    You can move it around with the brush attached to the pole or..... you could just jump in, enjoy the refreshing water and let your feet do all the work!
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    Re: New SWG owner needs advise

    Thanks everyone


    You people have been a great help

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