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    Where to buy salt?

    Where do you buy salt to use in your pool? Is the pool store the only place to get it? I would like to add some to my pool (I am using the BBB method) to make the water feel better. I have read about it on here but just didn't know where to get the salt. Thanks!
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    Salt can be added using solar salt sold for use in water softeners. You want the kind that is 99.4% pure or better and which doesn't have any rust inhibitor or other additives.
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    That's exactly where I get mine!
    20x40 IG Vinyl, 1.5 HP Whisperflo, Sta-Rite System 3 (300) Sq. ft Cart
    Intellichlor IC40 SWCG, 125,000 BTU Pentair heatpump, Polaris 280
    7' IG FG Spa, 2 HP Whisperflo, Pentair Dynamic III Cart (100) Sq. ft

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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    I just bought mine at the Home Depot last week. The bags were on pallets near the cashiers and they ran close to $5 per 40# bag. I added 4 bags to my pool and I got in and swished it around with my feet to help it dissolve. I did find that there were a few pebbles mixed in that I removed from the bottom of the pool... and also, I found a few large clear pieces with edges that appeared to be glass. Much to my embarrassment and relief... they were just larger pieces of salt!
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    So, should I look around the pool supplies or the water softner supplies? I looked at our wal-mart last night arould the pool stuff but I didn't see any...I really didn't know what I was looking for. Do they carry it at Lowes?
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    At the Wal-Mart I go to it's in the garden section in blue bags. They do carry it at Lowes as well.
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    They should.

    Walmart would not have it by the pool supplies, since it's for household water softeners. YOu may have to ask a staffer. Wal-mart is too busy selling HTH pool products and making huge profits from it, they wouldn't know about SWGs hehehehehehe or BBB. If they did, they'd have bleach by the pool supplies! LOL
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    I am NOT a Wally-World lover, but I do get my CYA from there, seems to be a good price, and of course Sam's Club (and Wal-Mart, I guess) have good deals on big jugs o'bleach...that got me through my BBB conversion. Funny story, the gal who checked me out at Sam's one weekend (with a flat cart FULL of bleach) was working checkout the next weekend when I did my next big bleach run during my conversion. She remembered that I had said I had a pool, and she just glanced down at this second cart piled up with bleach and said, straight-faced, "So just how big is your pool?"
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    Re: Where to buy salt?

    Most big grocery stores have it in the blue bags,"Solar salt". It should cost about $ 3.50 a bag.
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