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    Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Do you turn the SWG off when adding salt and other chemicals to the pool?
    I live in the Albany NY area. The size of my pool is 24,000 gallons. The pool is an In-Ground rectangular Double Roman with a vinyl liner. I am using a Taylor K-2006 water testing kit. I have a DE filter. I have a regular chlorine pool. The pool cleaner is a 2017 Dolphin Premier Robotic In-Ground pool cleaner.

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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    I do. It will save wear and tear on your cell.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Salt yes if your level is not in range of what your SWG is looking for until 24 hours later till it dissolves. Other chemicals really don't matter cause you'd be circulating any way probably during a normal run period and would want to be generating FC anyhow.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Call me anal(can I say that here??..lol) but nothing goes into my pool until it gets disolved in my 5 gallon pool bucket first, including salt. The only exception are things that you want to put directly into the skimmer, like DE. Then I broadcast it across the pool. I fill up my bucket, pure in whatever, stir it up with my giant spoon, and then sling it across the pool. It's a good way to protect your SWG from everything.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by ffournier View Post
    nothing goes into my pool until it gets disolved in my 5 gallon pool bucket first, including salt.
    It must have taken forever to dissolve ~700 lb of salt in 5 gallon batches.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Yeah, that is overkill. I just dump the salt onto my kids while they are swimming.

    I am really not a fan of the method you are using to add chemicals ... extra handling and still may not mix as well into the pool as the methods we recommend: Recommended Pool Chemicals
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Yeah, that is overkill. I just dump the salt onto my kids while they are swimming.
    I find it makes them slippery, and whiney.

    I just follow the Manufacturer's instructions.
    How to Add or Remove Salt
    For new plaster pools, wait 10-14 days before adding salt to allow the plaster to cure.
    Turn the circulating pump on and add salt directly into the pool. Brush the salt around
    to speed up the dissolving process
    --do not allow salt to pile up on the bottom of the
    pool. Run the filter pump for 24 hours with the suction coming from the main drain (use
    pool vac if there is no main drain) to allow the salt to evenly disperse throughout the
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    I use a cup that I have pre-marked with a 1lb mark. I broad cast the salt in the pool while the pump is running.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by rmturner54 View Post
    I use a cup that I have pre-marked with a 1lb mark. I broad cast the salt in the pool while the pump is running.
    Wow ... that seems like way more effort than dumping in 40 pounds at a time
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    The most i have had to add at one time is 10 lbs. Now if i was doing a full 40lb bag yes i would probably do it all at once
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    40lbs of salt only raises it 683ppm in a 7000 gallon pool. 10 lbs of salt is less than half the margin of error of most salt tests. Bags away!
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    40lbs of salt only raises it 683ppm in a 7000 gallon pool. 10 lbs of salt is less than half the margin of error of most salt tests. Bags away!
    I agree with you 100%, but I am only raising my salt 200-300. I dont want to overshoot. Besides this is the first time I have had to add salt since it was built last April. So I am being careful
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by ffournier View Post
    Call me anal(can I say that here??..lol) but nothing goes into my pool until it gets disolved in my 5 gallon pool bucket first, including salt. The only exception are things that you want to put directly into the skimmer, like DE. Then I broadcast it across the pool. I fill up my bucket, pure in whatever, stir it up with my giant spoon, and then sling it across the pool. It's a good way to protect your SWG from everything.
    Hehe....I also use the bucket method to add salt.
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    Re: Adding Chemicals and Salt to SWG

    Well, there is nothing wrong with being careful!
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