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    Just had a new 18x33 above ground pool installed. My 30 year pool bit the dust this winter. Since I am starting from scratch with the water, I had to get some salt since I have a SWG system. I chose Morton Pool Salt due to the brand name and the claim on the package that it is high purity, fast dissolving and free from impurities. Got it at Walmart for the price of $6.38 for a 40lb bag - home run, right? After emptying 12 bags into the pool I started to sweep it around to aid in dissolving. I soon noticed some strange objects in the piles that did not look like salt. It became apparent the objects were numerous small pebbles and other debris. - not the best scenario for an above the ground pool with a vinyl liner. I checked the bag again and in small print on the back it stated that since the salt is a natural product produced in ponds and dried by the sun, it may contain small stones and other minerals. Giving that statement HOW THE HECK CAN THEY LABEL THE BAG ON THE FRONT IN BIG LETTERS THAT STATES "HIGH PURITY, NO ADDITIVES "!!! Now I have the added chore of vacuuming up all the **** from their product before it wrecks my new liner. I would highly recommend that every one stay away from Morton Pool Salt. - John
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Hi John,
    I hate to hear of your woes with pepples in the salt.

    For what its worth, if you need to add salt in the future, a lot of us, me included, use Solar Salt. You can save a few dollars by using it if you are so inclined.

    I get mine at home depot which I provided a link below for.
    Ive never noticed any pebbles or anything else in the solar salt.

    The only large difference between pool salt and solar salt, is how fine the salt grains are. For 2$ bag difference in price, I dont mind if it takes 20 minutes for the larger grains to dissolve vs the fine grains of the pool salt.

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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Dang it!! Thanks for the heads up.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Seems like a company with that brand identity could NEVER afford that misstep.

    Have you contacted them to discuss it?
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    Could be a huge help to other salt users on this forum if you could do a bit of follow up for us on that johnnydot.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    not yet, this just happened today a few hours ago, plan to send them a nasty gram.

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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    That is odd.
    I used the same salt from Walmart last weekend, 10 bags. I did not notice any dirt or impurities that you have mentioned. Probably different patches. Wished I knew about the solar salt at Home Depot, I have a $20.00 gift card there.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    I used 13 bags of Morton's Pool Salt about 3 weeks ago and had no problems with debris of any kind.
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    Occasional debris is a very rare, but recurring problem for all of the salt companies.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    mine from lowes was the same problem with residue.
    see; http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...l=1#post779186
    99.9% pure, kosher salt 'food quality' when I looked at their msds and labeling.
    it costs more but no clean up....
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Make sure you do not get table salt. Table salt has chemicals in it to promote free pouring which will tend to cause stains.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Could be a huge help to other salt users on this forum if you could do a bit of follow up for us on that johnnydot.
    Sent an e-mail to Morton Salt Customer Service - awaiting reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eaamon View Post
    mine from lowes was the same problem with residue.
    see; http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...l=1#post779186
    99.9% pure, kosher salt 'food quality' when I looked at their msds and labeling.
    it costs more but no clean up....
    Ok, I don't understand your comment here?? What same problem with residue ??? Residue = clean-up, NO ?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donny View Post
    Ok, I don't understand your comment here?? What same problem with residue ??? Residue = clean-up, NO ?????
    Oh, you don't mind pebbles and other debris introduced into you new virgin vinyl liner pool? When you get a product that is labeled high purity, no additives, you expect that product live up to your expectations. Never had a problem with garbage in the salt that I added to my last pool that I got from the pool store 10 years ago. And we are not just talking about residue.We are talking about small stones that can punch through the vinyl liner if stepped on. Fortunately it is not swimming season where I live on Long Island and I have time to scour the pool and hopefully get all the stones removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydot View Post
    Oh, you don't mind pebbles and other debris introduced into you new virgin vinyl liner pool? When you get a product that is labeled high purity, no additives, you expect that product live up to your expectations. Never had a problem with garbage in the salt that I added to my last pool that I got from the pool store 10 years ago. And we are not just talking about residue.We are talking about small stones that can punch through the vinyl liner if stepped on. Fortunately it is not swimming season where I live on Long Island and I have time to scour the pool and hopefully get all the stones removed.
    I think you COMPLETELY missed what I was asking here ?? Eaamon has me confused, first line states " mine from Lowes was the same problem with residue ", last line states "it costs more but no clean up" To me unwanted residue equals clean up!!!!!
    Are we talking about TWO different salt products ???
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    Yes, it's two different products. Don't let this turn into a fight fellas. Everyone is just trying to understand what's happening. Please keep it civil.

    Let us know how it comes out and what they say Johnny. I would be HOT myself.

    To anyone else interested, it's anecdotal, but I use solar crystals for my softener, and I clean the brine tank about once a year. Never found any pebbles and the purity is amazingly good. Point being, this is a good product to consider for your salt pool needs, and I would choose it had I one myself.
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    Re: Morton Pool Salt Problem

    I picked up a bag at lowes and there were a lot of little black things in it. I will never use Morton again. I will switch to solar salt or get the diamond brand at Home Depot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donny View Post
    I think you COMPLETELY missed what I was asking here ?? Eaamon has me confused, first line states " mine from Lowes was the same problem with residue ", last line states "it costs more but no clean up" To me unwanted residue equals clean up!!!!!
    Are we talking about TWO different salt products ???
    I picked up solar salt at lowes. I too was disappointed with the residue spots all over the steps and bottom.

    the other part is my local pool store has the 'aquasalt' link just added to another in this section, we were talking salts.
    the Aquasalt has a msds of 99.9% pure, it leaves no residue to clean up afterwards. more time to swim.
    but it does cost more. the company says it is rated a "food quality salt....not for table use."
    I did use the solar salt when my local store ran out of the better grade salt.
    hope you understand now, it is two different salts and prices. you get what you pay for.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaamon View Post
    I picked up solar salt at lowes. I too was disappointed with the residue spots all over the steps and bottom.

    the other part is my local pool store has the 'aquasalt' link just added to another in this section, we were talking salts.
    the Aquasalt has a msds of 99.9% pure, it leaves no residue to clean up afterwards. more time to swim.
    but it does cost more. the company says it is rated a "food quality salt....not for table use."
    I did use the solar salt when my local store ran out of the better grade salt.
    hope you understand now, it is two different salts and prices. you get what you pay for.........
    Thank you very much for the clarification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaamon View Post
    I picked up solar salt at lowes. I too was disappointed with the residue spots all over the steps and bottom.

    the other part is my local pool store has the 'aquasalt' link just added to another in this section, we were talking salts.
    the Aquasalt has a msds of 99.9% pure, it leaves no residue to clean up afterwards. more time to swim.
    but it does cost more. the company says it is rated a "food quality salt....not for table use."
    I did use the solar salt when my local store ran out of the better grade salt.
    hope you understand now, it is two different salts and prices. you get what you pay for.........
    What puzzles me about Aquasalt is that it says it has "stain fighters", which to me means it has some additive. I contacted the company about what is added to fight stains, but no one could tell me. I tried a few bags myself and was very disappointed. When I added it to my pool grey scum floated to the surface. Needless to say I haven't used it since.
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