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    Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    Does anybody have pictures of the plates inside a new cell or slightly used one? I guess one that needs to be cleaned would work as well. I would just like to compare my cell to a new or "dirty" one. I've read the thread on cleaning them, just not sure if mine needs to be cleaned. Do you submerge the entire cell in the acid mixture?

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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    There are some youtube videos that show how to clean the SWCG and show what the cell looks like inside. Do a quick search and you'll find them.
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    Thanks... I'll do that!!
    Hey Folks... I'm Kevin from Marietta Ga. New to pools! Paid someone last year to maintain! This year, I'm attempting to maintain the pool. 17,000 Gallon Wet Edge pebble, Jet Black bottom. Peanut shaped. HEYWARD DE 3600. Heyward Aquarite Salt Water Turbo 15 cell. 1.5 hp pump. Thanks in advance for all the help and advice.

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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    They need to be cleaned if you see white crusty build up on or between the plates. It is best to clean them with water if it will remove the build up or diluted acid if needed. Cleaning with acid will reduce the life of the cell. So, the less cleaning the better. And don't clean if there is no build up.
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    They were white, but no build up or scaling from what I could tell. . Are the T15 plates white to begin with?
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    They are silvery-whitish. I found a pic.

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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    That's a plastic screen. The plates are a charcoal gray.

    Mostly just look through the cell. Scale should be obvious.

    Plates are covered with ruthenium oxidide. You can Google for pictures of ruthenium oxide.
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cahnman View Post
    Does anybody have pictures of the plates inside a new cell or slightly used one? I guess one that needs to be cleaned would work as well. I would just like to compare my cell to a new or "dirty" one. I've read the thread on cleaning them, just not sure if mine needs to be cleaned. Do you submerge the entire cell in the acid mixture?

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    They are very easy to nspect, the only way you can be sure is to remove the element.
    shut off the pool.
    you can close the vacuum, skimmer, drain valves
    remove the 3 wires, before removing make a diagram where they go. 2 wires to element, 1 wire to gas detector
    now unscrew the element from the housing
    if there is any white scaling between the plates, you will easily see it.
    if there is scale
    now remove the element housing
    put the element back in the housing
    put element on the ground with the 2 pipe ports on top
    now fill the housing completely covering the element with Cell Cleaner or a 20% Muriatic Acid mix
    immediately it will start bubbling as it dissolves the calcium
    let it bubble away until it stops
    when bubbling stops, gently shake the element, it will bubble a little more
    when the second bubbling stops, you are good to rinse
    dump out the Cell Cleaner and use high pressure hose nozzle to completely rinse the element
    reinstall to piping
    replace wires
    open any valves you may have close
    give it a test drive, make sure no leaks

    ideally, you would have a strap wrench for the large union locknuts on the element piping
    if you don't have a strap wrench, you can use a file or screwdriver and gently tap on the ridges to loosen the nut.

    NOTE: These locknut piping connections do not need to be gorilla tight........you will find that because of the rubber O rings in the joint, just hand tight is all you need

    if you are going to do these things yourself, you can get a strap wrench for probably less than 10 dollars and it is handy
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    He has aquarite, which is different from what you have.

    Basically, just unplug the cell cord from the box, undo the unions and pull out the cell.

    Look in both ends with good light. Any debris or scale should be obvious.

    Clean only if necessary.
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    Re: Pictures of What the plates inside the Cell??

    Thanks guys for the feed back! I'll check it out.

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