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Thread: This works, but will I damage anything?

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    This works, but will I damage anything?

    We opened our pool about 10 days ago. We need massive amounts of salt, 160 lbs according to pool calculator. We buy the water softener salt because it is WAY cheaper than pool salt, but I feel like we need to predissolve it because when we don't we end up with little rocks on the bottom of the pool. When we predissolve, we can pick those out.

    It is a slow process predissolving 160 lbs. As an experiment, I threw a handful of salt into the skimmer. The salt was gone in less than 3 minutes. I did it again with 2 handfuls and again it disappeared. IT'S A MIRACLE!!

    BUT, will it damage the pipes, pump, filter, or heater? Wanted to check with you helpful people before I threw any more in.
    19,000 gallons
    Stay-Rite System 3 Cartridge filter
    IG vinyl, MasterTemp 400 Propane heater
    Intellichlor 40 SWG, 2006 Taylor Test Kit with Speed Stirrer
    1.5 HP Pump

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    Re: This works, but will I damage anything?

    As long as you don't add enough at one time to clog the filter basket, it's a very good way to introduce the salt Sometimes the plastic granular salt bags we use will have a little tear in them, resulting in the salt forming chunks, we pour the, still granular salt, directly into the pool and put the chunks in the skimmer or on a step or seat under a return.

    Anyplace you can put the salt so that water flow is increased around it will increase the dissolution of it.
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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