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    Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    the Diamond Crystal product Bright and Soft salt pellets they have at Home Depot, no chemical composition on bag. Is this OK for a SWG? At store now, appreciate any help.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Don't they have solar salt? That is certainly ok ... will have to look up the Bright and Soft.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Well, the Bright and Soft has a higher salt content (99.8%) than the solar salt (99.6%), but I would be wary of what "Advanced Performance formula—for softener efficiency" means.

    Their Iron Fighter pellets are 99.6% as well, but that DEFINITELY has stuff in it you do not want ... personally I would stick with the Solar Naturals.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Believe it or not, they have no solar salt. Just those pellets. I'll go elsewhere
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    First stop was a pool store that tried to sell me bags of their "salt" with a bunch of cya in it (no thanks), claiming I couldn't handle the PH change using just regular salt. Hold your breath when I tell you what they wanted for their special salt--$250 for about 120 pounds of salt. hahahahaaa.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Good move, someone likely has some close to you. Good Luck.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vanessadickson
    First stop was a pool store that tried to sell me bags of their "salt" with a bunch of cya in it (no thanks), claiming I couldn't handle the PH change using just regular salt. Hold your breath when I tell you what they wanted for their special salt--$250 for about 120 pounds of salt. hahahahaaa.



    250.00??????? C YA!!!

    EDIT: ph CHANGE???
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    I get mine from Lowes ... Morton brand solar salt $4.78 / 40 lbs. They also have the pool salt (same as solar just ground up more) for $5.87. Usually I have see the regular pool salt at pool stores for around $7-8 / 40 lbs.

    I just can not even guess how they can try to justify paying over 10x as much for a little CYA mixed in.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Happy ending-Lowes has the Diamond Crystal Solar Salt, at 5$ a 40 lb bag, that'll set me back $15
    instead of $250 plus wacky cya. And the score is: Pool owner 1, pool store 0.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    What pool store was it? Do they have a website? I'd like to see the listing for their salt, and see what "special" additives it has.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    It was biogard's Mineral Springs.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    According to the MSDS it is just a bunch of fancy salts and some acid. I wonder how they can justify the price. Side note, I wonder if the aluminum salt can cause metal staining problems? Anyway, good thing you didn't buy it.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Quote Originally Posted by vanessadickson
    Pool owner 1, pool store 0.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Was that "Bright and Soft" or "NOT-So-Bright and Soft"

    The other enhancements sound like "wallet empty-ier" enhancements.
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    Quote Originally Posted by techguy
    Was that "Bright and Soft" or "NOT-So-Bright and Soft".
    hehehe
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    Re: Is "Bright and Soft" ok to use as salt ?

    To follow thru with TechGuy: NOT-So-Bright and Soft-In-The-Head.
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