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    SWG-how long until it works?

    Does the saltwater generator take several days to start keeping our chlorine levels stable? I ran it for the recommended amount of hours (3) yesterday, and another 3 hours today, but my chlorine levels are down to 2 again. Also...my CC was at .25 today. Is that bad?!


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Can you post a full set of test results?

    You should always supplement with bleach if the FC is dropping too low.

    No test measures CC in 0.25ppm increments, so not sure where that came from.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Until your SWG can maintain the level required, simply continue to augment your FC with liquid bleach. In the meantime, here are a couple links that discussed the SWG start-up time:
    SWG setting-first time
    Pool School - Salt Water Chlorine Generators

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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Either run the SWG longer or bump up the % of output. In the meantime, it doesn't hurt to have a few jugs of liquid around.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    If you started the pool on bleach, it should have been a fairly seamless transition. If you're starting from zero, I suspect it will take days. And if you haven't added stabilizer (CYA) it might never be able to keep up with the demand.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    I guess maybe I did it wrong then? The TF-100 test said to check for CC to add 5 drops of R-0003 to the clear solution and if it returns pink to add back R-0871 as before and then x that number by .5 again. It turned back to pink after one drop. 1x.5= .25 right?

    Here are my full test results from today:

    FC- 2
    TA- 160 I was told to give this some time as we are just getting our pool set up
    PH- 7.5
    CC- .25
    CYA- 20 (I added more today)

    Which brings me to another question:
    Should I be testing all of these on a daily basis or just the FC levels?



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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Richard320- I have been adding bleach daily from the beginning. Just started the SWG yesterday


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    1 x 0.5 = 0.5

    You need to test the FC and maybe pH daily. The rest not as often.
    Definitely need a lot more CYA for the SWG.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    I'm an idiot lol!! I was just going through the numbers on my calculator and not even thinking about what I was typing in! I probably hit the equals button twice when it didn't change!!
    Should I check the CYA daily until I get it right or give it time?


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    The CYA takes up to a week to dissolve and show up on the test. Just assume you are at whatever your target was when you added more.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Quote Originally Posted by Liviesmommy View Post
    I guess maybe I did it wrong then? The TF-100 test said to check for CC to add 5 drops of R-0003 to the clear solution and if it returns pink to add back R-0871 as before and then x that number by .5 again. It turned back to pink after one drop. 1x.5= .25 right?

    Here are my full test results from today:

    FC- 2
    TA- 160 I was told to give this some time as we are just getting our pool set up
    PH- 7.5
    CC- .25
    CYA- 20 (I added more today)

    Which brings me to another question:
    Should I be testing all of these on a daily basis or just the FC levels?



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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    lol! Okay! So, should I take out the sock of CYA I just put in since I I already added it a few days ago?


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Depends no how much you have added.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Quote Originally Posted by Liviesmommy View Post
    lol! Okay! So, should I take out the sock of CYA I just put in since I I already added it a few days ago?


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    How long ago did you add the first CYA, and what did you target?

    CYA can take up to a week to register completely on the test. The rule of thumb is to assume that what you added is all there until proven otherwise. So... if you added enough to get to 70 and it's only been two days, yes, get the second batch out. You don't want to overshoot and have to drain.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    I believe we added a little over a pound in the beginning and I just added 2 more pounds to the sock today


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    3 lbs of CYA granules will get you to 60ish. So leave the sock in there and retest it in a week.
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Okay thank you! This site has been so amazing!


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    I don't see on our SWG where we can change the percentage. I can increase the amount of hours it runs....
    I only have test strips to test the salt content...are these sufficient?

    Also- I'm having a hard time understanding what boost mode is? The directions say it increases the copper ions? I didn't realize that was something I had to check. I guess I need different test strips for that?


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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    - You have to control the SWG output by adjusting the amount of time the pump and SWG run.
    - Forget about boost mode ... add bleach if you need to bump the FC level
    - Sometimes the salt strips work, other times they go bad.
    - Yikes, you should disconnect the wires from the copper bars .. you do not want copper in the pool. Search the forum for more info
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    Re: SWG-how long until it works?

    Do you have an Intex SWG? If it's like mine, don't worry about boost mode. If you need to increase FC or SLAM, add bleach.
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