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    Troy, ON, Canada

    Red face Opening salt pool for first time

    I converted to salt at the end of last season. Just love it ! This is the first time I have opened with this setup. Is there anything I should do different vs a regular chlorine pool ? Located in Ontario, Canada.
    18k gallon, 16x32, salt (recently converted),Vinyl liner, Hayward Superpump

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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Bedford, TX

    Re: Opening salt pool for first time


    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for your saltwater pool questions...

    I can't think of anything different. In my case (Pentair SWCG) I don't trust the internal salt test until the water temperature gets into the low 70's.. It reads lower than the actual salt level.

    If you don't have one, I recommend getting a Taylor K-1766 salt tester.

    Not sure of your water temperature, but my SWCG won't produce any chlorine below about 52 degrees.

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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    East Texas

    Re: Opening salt pool for first time

    Keep an eye on your PH as a SWG will cause that to rise.
    16x32x52" Steel Cornelius Miramar AGP Vinyl liner 13,100 gal. Buried 2 ft.
    2 Speed Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 85 g.p.m. 22" 250lb. sand filter hard plumbed
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    Mar 2015

    Re: Opening salt pool for first time

    Don't use the SWCG to bring FC up or to "shock" the pool. Just use plain bleach/liquid chlorine. Once your done with spring cleanup and FC holds overnight, then you can turn on the SWCG to maintain proper FC.

    Using the SWCG only to maintain FC will increase cell life.
    20k IG vinyl liner/Aqua Rite SWCG, T-15 cell/Hayward Pro Grid 6020 DE filter/Polaris 280 w/booster pump/Hayward Superpump 1 hp/city water/Taylor test kits/pool installed March 2004

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