After 15 years of having our pool, and thank God found this site and learned how to take care of it, we decided to install the Hayward Aquarite this year. We have always added solar salt each year to our pool, and it always made the water feel wonderful. We opened the pool today - and it looks pretty good. Balancing the chemicals now, going to let it run awhile and then shut it off and install the AquaRite. I will update as we go along in the process for those that are trying to decide whether to go this route themselves.
Our opening numbers were:
FC 0 putting in a gallon of 10%
ph 6.8 - maybe lower - putting in a pre-dissolved 4 lb box of 20 mule team borax
TA is at 50 - putting in 1 lb of baking soda after I test ph in a little while
CYA 25 - going to put in 3.5 lbs of stabilizer to raise it up to 70
Salt 1480 - going to add 3 (40 lb) bags of solar salt
Any suggestions are welcome.
Having the pool calc app on iphone is a necessity!