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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    I have the timer on the SWG set so that it is only ever on when the pump is on (The pump is a Pentair inteliflow with its own timer and I have it on for 12 hours a day and the SWG for an 8-hour window within that). If nothing goes wrong the SWG can never be on when the pump is off. I...
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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    The flow light is always green whatever the pump status. It is wired separately to the pump and has its own timer.
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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    Thanks. I'll check that
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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    I changed the switch and it fixed the low salt issue so I can generate chlorine again! The flow light still stays on even when the pump if off so that seems likely to be a wiring issue. I'm not too worried about it because I have the timer set so the IC40 is only ever on when the pump is on...
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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    Thanks. Sounds like that's worth a try.
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    Pentair or Generic SWG ?

    A week or so ago I resurrected an old IC40 that was attached to my pool but not used for the last few years and I got it generating chlorine again and I'm now a fan of SWG technology. However the IC40 was not used for 5+ years and has a few problems: - It constantly shows 'very low salt...
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    SWG Question

    Hope mine does the same - I'm a bit surprised its still working as its not been used for over 5 years and my now-fired pool guy kept turning it on even though there was negligible salt in the pool.
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    SWG Question

    Got it, thanks.
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    SWG Question

    And to confirm: When it is stated that the IC40 runs for 10,000 hours does that means 10,000 at full capacity ? If run at 50% would it run for 20,000 hours (in ideal conditions) ?
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    SWG Question

    Thanks. In which case I may be able to get away with 14 hours at 20% now the water is cooling down. I will try it and see.
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    SWG Question

    Thanks. I currently have the pump on for 14 hours a day at 2000 rpm. Probably a bit longer than needed but it seems quite an energy efficient pump and I like the water feature it drives.
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    SWG Question

    I started using my Intelliclor IC40 this week after having stopped using it a few years ago. Without doubt this is the best way to chlorinate one's pool - no idea what I was thinking when I stopped using it - I suspect that in my ignorance adding pucks to plastic floating things just...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    I just tested t it and when I changed the pump speed from 600rpm to 1800rpm there was one or two seconds of bubbles and gurgling in the hot tub where the water flows to. Does that mean the lines are not being cleared ? I think I'm going to not having the IC40 running with the pump at...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    I discovered today that not only does my IC40 claim to be generating at 600rpm but the flow light stays on even when the pump is off altogether! I assume that is a fault with the unit which had not been used for 5 years or more before I resurrected it this last week. Do you think its safe to...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    I did not know that - I do not think I am using excessive muriatic acid so I can probably live with that for now. I do wonder what the annual electricity costs are to run it 24x7 though now I am thinking about it!
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    My pentair inteliflow pump has an inbuilt timer - I just like to run the pump 24x7 on a low speed as my hot tub is connected to the pool and has a water feature that only operates when the pump is on and (I assume) is quite low cost to run at 600rpm - probably should check that assumption!
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    Thanks. Good point, I will dial-it down to 60% initially. I have a basic question on how the IC40 works: Is it a binary either its generating chlorine or its not or does it generate more chlorine the higher the pump speed? The people who intstalled the IC40 wired it up to an old intermaitc...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    All the IC40 lights stay green even when on 600rpm so its sounds like some chlorine is being generated. My IC40 appears to have 5 settings for chlorine generation so I'll set it 80% for now and leave the pump settings at their current values, then ajust the generation % depending upon what...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    That could indeed be what happened. I used Clorox salt that is on special offer at Walmart in my area, Anyway , after 72 hours of reunning the pump at full blast and increasing FC to 10 its now nice and clear again!
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    Thanks. That's goot to know. I just checked and am pleased to find I had a IC40 not an IC20. My next step is to use trial and error to find out how long to run it to generate enoughh chlorine for my needs. . I currently have my pump on 1800rpm for 6 hours a day and 600rpm for the 18...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    At the moment I'm relying on readings from the pool store. My k-1766 is supposed to arrive by tomorrow. I will eventually get to 3600 - I was being conservative because I was adding salt and it it is my understanding that it can take 48 hours to fully dissolve and I didn't want to exceed the...
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    I got the FC level up to 10 yesterday by adding bleach and running the chlorinator at max. I then followed the instruction in the Overnight Chlorine Loss Test and FC was still 10 - this morning. In addition the pool looks much clearer today so I'm going to declare victory. Thanks again!
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    Thanks. I will run that test and report back. I will also add some more bleach this afternoon.
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    That was supposed to be PH: 7.6
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    Cloudy Pool after conversion to SWG

    Last weekend I decided to start using my Intellichlor again and yesterday finally got it producing chlorine (I added salt very slowly and it took nearly a week to finally get to the right level for it to work). During the process my pool (previously pretty clear) became cloudy. I suspect the...
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    Powder Power Plus and CH levels

    I have a Taylor test kit. My pool looks way better since I started using it regularly and adding chlorine and acid as needed. I do not have a Pentair automation system. I need to get my head around how SWCG work. Do you have any posts on how to replace cells in Pentair Intellichlor with...
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    Powder Power Plus and CH levels

    yes, I am giving up on the powdered chlorine idea as too risky. I realize now from this site that 99% of my past problems were from the use of pucks that contain conditioner that raised my CYA thru the roof. Don't want to hit a similar problem with CH! Thanks.
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    Powder Power Plus and CH levels

    Oh, I see if I enlarge the picture on Lowe's site is says 10% So my strategy now is now is to add salt and use my chlorinator until it stops working (as suggested by Reggie). When that stops working (the Chlorinator is quite old so now idea how long that will be) I will switch to Lowe's...
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    Powder Power Plus and CH levels

    Good point. I may as well invest in some salt, turn on the generator and see what FC it generates ! Also, I maybe should aim at FC above 2.5 but my pool looks nice and clear, so what would be the benefits of doing so ?
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    Powder Power Plus and CH levels

    Thanks! I see I can buy liquid essentials liquid chlorine at Home Depot for $4.28 a gallon. I don't see its strength published anywhere - any idea what it is?