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    I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    First of all, even if it's "off" it's pulling current to read salt level, etc.

    I'm wondering if this will extend the life of the cell?

    Also, I take a lot of vacations so I won't worry about it getting stolen. Hasn't happened to anyone I know, but it could.

    Also, I'm thinking of putting in a dedicated circuit breaker for the SWG so I can shut just it off, while the pump runs.

    Any ideas?
    SWG: CircuPool (May 2014) SI30+Plus; 3000ppm seems ideal;
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    FC 5; PH 7.4-7.6; TA 90; CH 350; CYA 75; = SI ~ 0.19
    14,000 gal, in ground, plaster, Cartridge filter, Borates
    TAYLOR K - 2006

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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    If the SWG is wired correctly, it should go to the timer for the pump. So that the SWG would only have power when the pump is running.

    There is no problem removing the cell when you do not need it. Hayward sells a blank pipe to install in their cell's place. Many use proprietary union fittings, so might be hard to make one.
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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    I'm thinking of adding an additional breaker, dedicated to the SWG, so I can cut power to it in the winter when the pump is running.
    SWG: CircuPool (May 2014) SI30+Plus; 3000ppm seems ideal;
    My Ideal Specs:
    FC 5; PH 7.4-7.6; TA 90; CH 350; CYA 75; = SI ~ 0.19
    14,000 gal, in ground, plaster, Cartridge filter, Borates
    TAYLOR K - 2006

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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    I posted detail schematics with parts at the time we setup one of the family pools about 4 years ago, using a macromatic current control relay to sense the power used by the pump. The relay in turn either turns On the Pentair IntelliChlor transformer when power over a certain value or it turns Off the transformer when pump drops down to a very low speed. Very simple to setup and a 120v relay controls easily a 240v system since it is simply a switch.

    Cost was less than 90 and about 1 hour in connecting box and wires on wall.

    Disclaimer ... I am not an electrician but this was very simple and the Macromatic has customer support that walked me through the process.

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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    i bought a dummy pipe to replace the SWG. Keeps it out of the elements in my garage for the cold parts of the winter.
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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by azinwood View Post
    i bought a dummy pipe to replace the SWG. Keeps it out of the elements in my garage for the cold parts of the winter.
    You mean when it gets down to 40?
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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    My swg stops generating chlorine at supposedy 50 but, when I installed it it actually stopped at 56 both the box and pool thermometer read the same.
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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    When I replaced a cell last year I kept the dead one for just this reason. I take the new one in for the winter to keep it out of the elements and put the dead one in to keep critters out. I've been meaning to cut the cord (literally) on the dead one so I know which is which.

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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    I dumped mine before I had a chance to think about it. Typical me... <

    I'm going to make one if I can find the correct unions. The treads are different, depending on brand. I hear American Valve is compatible.

    SUSA, can you link me to your schematic?
    SWG: CircuPool (May 2014) SI30+Plus; 3000ppm seems ideal;
    My Ideal Specs:
    FC 5; PH 7.4-7.6; TA 90; CH 350; CYA 75; = SI ~ 0.19
    14,000 gal, in ground, plaster, Cartridge filter, Borates
    TAYLOR K - 2006

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    Re: I'm Thinking of Making a Bypass to Replace my SWG in the Winter.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmcgovern View Post
    When I replaced a cell last year I kept the dead one for just this reason. I take the new one in for the winter to keep it out of the elements and put the dead one in to keep critters out. I've been meaning to cut the cord (literally) on the dead one so I know which is which.
    I knew there was a reason for me not throwing out the old one. Thanks for the idea and I'll be implementing this this winter for myself. And it does for a couple of weeks get into the 30's for those of you that were wondering. Very rarely does it get to freezing temperatures though.
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