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    Pool Salt

    I have been looking to purchase pool salt for my newly installed SWG. I need to purchase about15 bags. The only options i have found close to home is Diamond Crystal Pool Salt or Morton Pool Salt. Does anyone have a preference or any experience on either? Positive or Negative?

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    Re: Pool Salt

    I use Diamond Crystal Solar Salt: http://www.diamondcrystalsalt.com/Water ... -Salt.aspx

    My local hardware store sells a 50 lb bag for $4.95, which is much better than the 40 lb bag Leslie's sells for $9.99. And my hardware store loads it into my truck. I've had no problems with it. Just pour it into the deep end and wait about 20 minutes for it dissolve.
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    Re: Pool Salt

    All of the Wal-Marts and Sam's Clubs in my region sell the Morton Pool Salt. I have not used it yet but others have stated it dissolves pretty easily. I paid $4.87 for a 40lb. bag.

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    Re: Pool Salt

    I use the Morton's pool salt. $5.24 for 40 pounds at wallyworld
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    Re: Pool Salt

    Thanks guys. I was leaning toward the Morton pool salt at Walmart. I just wanted to make sure the salt wasn't a cheap type that would stain my pool. It's about $2 cheaper than the Diamond Crystal salt at Lowes.
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    Re: Pool Salt

    I've also have no problems with Mortons. (From Walmart). Dissolves pretty quick / no issues at all. and the price is good.
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    Re: Pool Salt

    Diamond Crystals from Ace, Costco or supermarket. It will have a few rocks in it, though. The pellets don't. Dump and brush, dump and brush!
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    Re: Pool Salt

    I need to add 29 bags of salt to my pool to get my SWG up and going...I was dreading the thought of carrying all those bags...then a light bulb went on..well maybe a night light at least.

    Anyway...I have a friend that owns a ready mix cement company, and they care both 99.9% pure liquid calcium chloride and fine granular calcium chloride. THey use it in cement mixes to slow the curing process...anyway....I have used this as driveway melt for years...would this work for getting salt into my pool?? I can have him deliver it in 50 gallon barrels if need be, and in the liquid state would be super easy to mix into the pool
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    Re: Pool Salt

    NOOOO. Dont add calcium chloride. Your calcium hardness will be thru the roof and you will have scaling to beat the band. You can only use SODIUM chloride for a SWCG.
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    Re: Pool Salt

    Ok...didn't know that....so NO CaCl2....only NaCl
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    Re: Pool Salt

    I just saw where you said you needed 29 bags of salt? Thats 1200 pounds, assuming 40 pound bags. A 30,000 gallon pool only needs about 800 pounds to get to ~3200 ppm. How did you do your calculations?
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    Re: Pool Salt

    Glad you asked.....I have a Compu Chlor SWG unit that is manufactured in Australia, and the SWG's that are manufactured over (or I guess under) there require around 5200 - 5500 PPM salt...not the usual 3200ppm that the U.S. brands recommend. My pool is 25,600 gallons...so to hit a level of 5500ppm, YES I need almos 1200 pounds

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    Re: Pool Salt

    You think about getting one that requires less salt? Thats really high. Why did you get that brand? Any special reason?
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    Re: Pool Salt

    the company has been in business for years making quality units for the pools in Australia, it's a no frills, easy to use design, and the price was right for up to 40,000 gallon pools.
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    Re: Pool Salt

    Just curious,

    At 5500ppm, Can't you actually "taste" that much salt ?? If I'm not mistaken I thought most people could begin to taste it at about 5000ppm (some a little less).
    33'x15' x 52" Aqualeader
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    33 x 15 x 4.3 x 5.9 = 12,558. or . . The Pool Calculator = 14,400
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    Re: Pool Salt

    The average level at which people can start to taste salt is around 3,000, with fairly wide variation around that. Some people taste salt at lower levels, some only at higher levels. By the time salt is up near 5,500 nearly everyone can taste it.
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