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    Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    I am curious about adding salt to my pool to soften the water a little bit. My concern is with the metal structure. It is an above ground metal framed/sided vinyl lined Doughboy. I know salt water is corrosive to metal but I am wondering if the low percentage that I want to add to the pool is enough to worry about?

    And what PPM should I shoot for?

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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    You might consider borates for a pretty similar effect. The borates will help stabilize pH and tend to keep bugs away somewhat (mixed reviews) too.
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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    Many people without SWG shoot for about 2000ppm, you should test first though as you are not likely zero and could already be between 500-1000ppm.

    The added salt will certainly cause corrosion faster than none, but I am not sure how much faster or if it is really a concern.
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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by golfinglenn View Post
    I am curious about adding salt to my pool to soften the water a little bit. My concern is with the metal structure. It is an above ground metal framed/sided vinyl lined Doughboy. I know salt water is corrosive to metal but I am wondering if the low percentage that I want to add to the pool is enough to worry about?

    And what PPM should I shoot for?

    Glenn
    I'm in the same boat as you. I have an in ground vinyl with metal frame and sand bottom from the 70s. I wish to add salt but afraid of corrosion issues.

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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    Okay, so I bring my water up to 2000ppm in my non SWG pool. Do I need to make any other adjustments to cya, ph, alk? I see where on SWG pools they want highter cya and such, but just curious if that doesn't pertain to a lower ppm salt pool that is non SWG.

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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    Nothing else should be changed for you. The differences are due to the SWG itself, not the presence of salt.
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    Re: Adding salt to non SWG metal framed pool?

    Did some reading up on Borates and think I am going to go that route..........
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