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    adding salt to improve feel of water

    Hello,
    Since my baqua conversion about a month ago, my pool water is awsome...but I am thinking of adding salt to the water to improve the feel like a lot of people have done on this forum. I was just wondering if adding salt is going to affect anything else in the water, like chlorine, ph, etc. I don't want to mess anything up!! I've been keeping my FC at 4 to 6 (CYA is 50), PH is 7.8, TA is around 170-190...just thought it would be fun to see what the salt can do for the "feel".
    Is it ok to use the regular water softener pellets in the bags and how exactly is the best way to add it? right into the pool?
    Thanks again for the help...you guys made my conversion wonderful!! Pool water is sparklin'!!!

    Curt
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    This Pool School article has the answers to all of your questions. Scan down till you see the section on Salt.
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    Thanks Jason...I thought I saw that info somewhere before in my reading, but just couldn't find it again. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction...that answered my questions!!!

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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    I just added salt to mine and I love it! Cost me about $35, well worth it.

    But looking at your numbers it looks like your TA is too high...

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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    you also may want to consider adding borates...with salt and brates, I have never had softer feeling water.
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    I second the borates. significantly softer feeling, and I had 1800ppm salt.
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    Ok, now you got me thinking...if I want to go the borates route, I know I will have to get my TA down....but if I would go the boric acid route, do I still need to worry about the TA??

    I know that this way is a bit more costly, but seems to be easier??

    I'm still a bit confused about the whole "borates" thing, and I even read the article about it!!

    What do you all think would be the best route?....it might take me awhile to get my "high" TA down to range??

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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    Regardless of how you add borates, it is best to lower TA before adding borates. It can be done in the other order, it is just a little more annoying that way.
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    how much salt is generally applied, and will it affect my ch?
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    When adding salt to improve the feel of the water, 2000 ppm is a good level to aim for. Be sure to measure your starting salt level, it will never be zero. Salt does not interact with CH at all.
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    Re: adding salt to improve feel of water

    excellent. i really appreciate it!
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