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    Adding salt for "feel"

    Not sure if this is in the right area or not ....

    Thinking about adding salt to our pool (24' AG) for "feel". Is it nessessary to get test strips for that or do I need not worry about it ?
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Tiz, use the calculator to figure out how much you want to add for your comfort level - you don't have a SWCG, so add as much as you need to to get your pool to your comfort level

    It'll do your heart good not to have to measure the salt level - just have as much in the water to make you more comfortable

    You're a good man and deserve a pool that doesn't make your 'ticker' act up!
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Thanks for the kind words Ted. Any idea what amount people are adding ?
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Tiz, I was trying to tease you :P

    Folks looking to add salt for the 'feel' usually start at ~ 1500 ppm and adjust up from there to find their 'comfort level' 8)

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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    There are two ways to approach it. Either pick up a bottle of salt test strips and adjust the salt level to around 2,000. Or add 40 lbs of salt, see how it is, and repeat till it feels better.
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    I am getting ready to order some things from Dave and if I needed salt test strip I was going to include them in the order but if I dont need them then I wont.
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    I think I added 3 or 4 large bags last year, and I loved the way it felt. I never tested it, I just went by 'feel'.

    Should additional salt be added year to year, or is it a once and done thing? I haven't given too much thought to the salt, as I am still just SO excited about my color change from black to clear water!!!
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Hi Tiz,

    I have a 12,500 or so gal pool and add 120# of salt per season. I start with 80# and use the pool for a week, see how it feels, and I inevitably add another 40#. I've never tested the salt content. I'm sure I lose quite a bit during the season from splashout and refills but haven't ever added any more.

    For sure the water feels silkier with the salt.
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Do I just dump the salt into the pool and let it dissolve or how do I add it ?
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    We've done it a couple of ways:

    1. Slit the bag open, scoop it out with a quart sized cup, broadcast across the surface. When the bag is empty, swish the crystals around with the brush. You'll get what appears like white dust, don't let that worry you. It'll all dissolve within 10 or so minutes when stirred.

    2. The fun method is to slit the bag lengthwise and dump it with the salt still in it on the pool bottom at the shallow end, then stomp on the crystals until they dissolve. It's an endothermic reaction, meaning the salt takes energy from the water to dissolve and that means the water in the immediate vicinity feels cold on your feet.

    On a sunny day when the sun's rays are slated just right the salt crystals on the bottom will sparkle like diamonds. It's really very pretty.

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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    LOL AnnaK !!
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Salt is in the pool so we shall see what happens with it ....
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    And how do you and the family like it? How much did you add and does it feel different yet?

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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    We put it in last night and havent been in the water yet ..... will let you know later how the wife likes it ...

    We started with 2 bags so far ...
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    With your size pool you'll be adding another 40# for sure before you'll really feel the difference.

    Argh! I have to mow lawns which will take some hours but then I plan to turn myself into a prune in the pool for the rest of the weekend.
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    Were supposed to do the lawn thing tomorrow IF its not raining here. 5+ acres we mow for an elderly lady every other week.
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    Re: Adding salt for "feel"

    YEOW! That's not mowing laws, that's cutting grass. It's very nice of you to do that.

    We mow 2 acres, not too awful with a tractor, but add the sweeping and trimming and it becomes a real time sucker. To motivate ourselves we made a rule: work before play. Oh, wait . . . that rule was made by our parents and their parents before them

    Still works though.
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