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    Salt Pools safe for pool?

    Ok all, this question has been bugging me....

    In coastal environments, condo's that are of steel reinforced design have occasional issues with rebar rot. The rebar rusts deep inside the concrete, usually on the balconies and at the balcony to building joints. In severe cases the concrete around the rusting bar "pops" and flakes off.

    So.....if we have a gunnite pool filled with salt water, what kind of migration to the rebar can we expect? Will the surface walls of the pool spall?

    Has this been discussed before?

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    Has this been discussed before?
    Yes, there was a very pleasant discussion a few months back about a VERY similar subject. Two people were shot, fourteen disappeared, and the beatings got too numerous to recount!

    I managed to stay out of that one but I'd be careful........some folks here are still packin'...
    http://www.troublefreepools.com/viewtop ... hlight=swg

    By the way, welcome to the forum......it really is a terrific place with lots of smart, nice people.
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    WOW Dave,

    YOU HAD TO GO THERE!!!
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    He has not posted in a very long time....I think he dropped his memebership when he realized he couldn't post his BS without getting shot down.
    Newfool,
    As far as salt damage to condos. I have lived in FL all my life on the coast (and I am NOT a youngster) and I can say that they started doing very bad construction in the building boom in the 70s and 80's into the 90's. The older construction lasted, the new construction that is meeting the Dade County code will last.
    The stuff they built to make a fast buck won't and isn't!
    I grew up in Miami, lived in Ft. Lauderdale, and now live in St. Augustine less than a half block from the water so I know about coastal conditions. (I also have a salt pool BUT it's fiberglass.)

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    Salt levels in the pool are much lower than ocean water. Also, pool plaster is much better with salt than concrete. Above ground pools sometimes have issues with their frame but gunite is fine.
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    Thanks duraleigh, that was an interesting thread and ty for the welcome. I have to agree that the IQ on this site is quite high, alot of knowledgeable people and I am proud to bring the bar down a little

    This is true waterbear - I am sorry I havent replied back to you regarding TSP, I have a box in my garage that I wanted to check. Do you recall when abouts they banned the phosphate in TSP?

    That is true Jasonlion, the concentration is much less than sea water, but I figured the salt would still work its way through the plaster. I guess that is one of the selling points of pebble sheen, less exposed plaster.

    Thank you all for the input.
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    and I am proud to bring the bar down a little
    That's a good line.

    Just remember, I am permanently the lowest common denominator
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    HeHe, thanks - feel free to use it!
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    One thing that keeps bugging me after reading thetopguy's argument about environment pollution - what's the salt contents of urine and is that salt filtered out at some stage or does it end up in the soil and rivers?

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