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    new home owner ..... help!

    Hi, we bought a home last fall which came with an Intex metal frame pool. Unfortunately it looks like the SWG that came with it doesnt work. I tried cleaning it using vinegar and connected everything back together. I keep getting the code 91 for low salt. After reading numerous posts on this very error, I was wondering if I should just go back to chlorine. I am not sure if it is worth buying another SWG this year. I might just invest in another pool next year maybe go for an inground one. What do you think I should do.
    Where can i get the test kits mentioned on this site? as of now after running the filter, adding the salt and even though the generator keeps beeping on 91 code; the water looks much better than before. the Test strips show 0 FAC;0.5 TCI; 180 Alk; 8.4 PH; 250 TH; 30-50 CYA
    The weather has still been too cold for swimming but I have bought a solar cover and this should warm up the water considerably from all the information I have read on here. Can you help me with suggestions on how togo back to a simple chlorinated pool?
    the water we use is regular municpality water.
    Thanks
    16 x 48 Intex Metal Frame pool; cartridge filter; intex Krystal Clear CS8110 SWG; Whitby; Ontario

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    Re: new home owner ..... help!

    Welcome, eh?

    There is one company that has the monopoly on Taylor test kits in Canuckistan and they charge accordingly. Got any relatives south of the border who were planning to come visit? You might also try Amazon for the Taylor K-2006 kit. Some of those merchants aren't so respectful of Taylor's restrictions and will ship to you. Otherwise, expect to have to hunt and pay a whole bunch of money for a good test kit.

    There's no problem using bleach. You can even leave the salt in the water. It doesn't hurt anything, Many people like the feel of a salt pool.

    For now, get some acid to lower the pH and some bleach to raise the FC. The strips are generally pretty close on pH. You'll just have to go by guess and by golly on where to set FC until you get a better kit. 30-50 on the CYA isn't real helpful for establishing FC/CYA ratios.

    Have you read the ABC's, Recommended Chemicals, and poolmath in Pool School? Those articles should get you started by telling you which chemical does what and how to add it and how much to add.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: new home owner ..... help!

    Welcome to TFP!
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    Welcome to TFP! Yep Amazon is a good option. Keep reading and enjoy. Lots of good info and helpers here at TFP.
    Gunite/plaster pool w/spa built 1983, 17,000 gal. (depth 3' x 6' x 3') (37' X 16' +spa, stairs & large in-pool bench seat). Arneson (now Hayward) pool vac (rebuilt 3 or 4 times over 30 years), 350k BTU (nat gas) XE heater (in need of a serious herbal cleansing lol), 2HP Marathon pump & filter basket, DE filter NSS-48, air pump for spa bubbles, one skimmer plus in-line filter Hayward CANISTER W560 to the pool vac. Re-plastered May 2013 reinforced quartz (Marbletite) Diamond Bright. Test kit: Taylor K-2006; Bleach

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    Re: new home owner ..... help!

    Thanks. Will go on to amazon and also start with the bleach and acid as per pool school. Reading all the posts here really help.....

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