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    Tasting Salt?

    I put the salt in my new pool last night. We have a 35,000gallon pool and I added 800lbs of salt. The kids helped me stir it up and were saying they could taste salt?

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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    Assuming 0 salt before, that puts you about 2700 ppm. Are you running a SWG?

    Tasting salt in the water is an individual things. Some are sensitive to it at much lower levels than others. I only have 1200 ppm salt in my pool and my wife swears she can taste it (she doesn't know I added any, just her observation). I can't.

    If you aren't running SWG and are just looking for the improved water feel, you don't need to go that high, but it's kinda late now

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    I am running the SWG. I turned it on last night after I put the salt in. Maybe it needs to circulate through?

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    Yeah, a good circulation should help. Even then, some will be sensitive to it, others won't have a clue.

    Just tell them to keep their mouths shut

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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    The lower threshold for tasting salt is something like 250 ppm (though as Rangeball pointed out, not everyone or even many people can taste it at that level); it's not at all surprising that you can taste it at 2700+ ppm.

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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    I'm at 3200 (SWG) and most everyone that has swam can taste the salt.

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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    Ours is at 3700 and you can definitely taste the salt. It's not a strong or objectionable taste, but you can tell it's there.
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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    I tasted it the first couple of months. Then you get used to it and it goes away.

    If you were in the pool stirring up the 800lbs, then you would DEFINITELY taste it, it takes a while for the salt to fully diffuse. I can taste the "additional" salt when I add 40lbs to may deep end and jump in to stir it up.
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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    I used to have the salt level in our pool at 1,200ppm and I could taste it when swimming. Now the level is up to 3,000ppm and the salt taste is pretty strong, though not offensive.

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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    My salt is at 3600 ppm and most everyone can taste it a bit. It's not strong, I'd say a little less than tears.
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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    Why is everyone stiring up their salt? We just had our pool installed and started up and the pool guy poured the salt in the skimmer with no stiring involved. Is it ok to run 7 bags of salt through the skimmer?
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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    Yes, you can pour salt into the skimmer. That usually ends up taking just slightly longer than simply dumping it into the pool and then brushing it around a little. Either approach works fine.
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    Re: Tasting Salt?

    I put salt in my pool early in July for the first time. Someone posted that you should do a salt test before you add any. I did and was surprized to have a reading of about 830ppm. It's because I use liquid chlorine. Using the pool calculartor I added just enough to get to 1890ppm. The wife is the only one that can taste the salt. It's not a bad taste and no one finds it objectable. Along with the borates, the water does taste alittle different. The water in general looks better.
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