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    Question SALT... too high... too low...?

    help, i opened my pool and after the slam everything was going well. then a few days ago my swg red light said that my salt level is low. I was surprised to see that so i tested my salt levels (aqua check strips) and my salt was around 3200 ppm which is a little lower than ideal so I added the recommended salt and today my swg red light is still on but when i tested again it showed 3790 ppm! what am i missing? yesterday's test results:
    FC=2
    cc=0
    pH=7.5
    ta=80
    ch=75
    cya=80

    Any thoughts as to what my next step should be? i checked my cell in the fall when closing the pool and it was clean as a whistle. should i check it again?
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    Re: SALT... too high... too low...?

    Takes about 24 hours to get a good reading on a new salt addition being circulated well. How old is the cell?
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    Re: SALT... too high... too low...?

    Or longer if the pump isn't running or you don't brush to mix it in. And test strip accuracy is +/- 400 or 500. If the SWG is happy everyone is happy.
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    Re: SALT... too high... too low...?

    From your results it looks like your below minimum on your FC for a CYA of 80. Should maintain a minimum of 4 per the chart http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...art-slam-shock

    Wouldn't hurt to check the cell to make sure it's still clean.
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    Re: SALT... too high... too low...?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Takes about 24 hours to get a good reading on a new salt addition being circulated well. How old is the cell?
    it had been at least 24 hours circulating after adding salt. the cell is 3 yrs old.

    thanks for your response and any help or advice you provide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Or longer if the pump isn't running or you don't brush to mix it in. And test strip accuracy is +/- 400 or 500. If the SWG is happy everyone is happy.
    I've always believed that but my numbers have never been so far off before!

    pump is running and i brushed, too.

    i hit the SWG boost for 24 hr on 100% run and have it set at 60%. my pump is running 24/7 since opening because my digital display is not readable (gotta do something about that too)
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    Re: SALT... too high... too low...?

    i agree about fc which is why i did the 24 hr boost on swg. in the past it usually did the trick.

    i am out of town, left yesterday and back tomorrow. i'll recheck my numbers when i get home and post again. i'll check the cell too! thanks for your help!
    Grecian 11,800 gal. IG vinyl, Pentair TA-60 sand filter, 1.5 hp Superflo, built in 2007, replaced vinyl & converted to Intellichlor IC-40 SWG in 2012 after we purchased home. TF-100 Testkit, SWG manufacturer recommends salt levels 2600-4500, ideal being 3400-3500. Polaris 180 vac.

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