Baquacil/CDX Conversion to Chlorine then SWG

red-beard

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May 27, 2019
936
Houston, TX
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
Why are you adding Calcium? SWG needs salt, not CH? And with a fiberglass pool, isn't CH meaningless?
 

PhantomRIO

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Sep 30, 2020
16
Beaufort, SC
Could it have been a chlorine pool before the baqua? The bleach you have recently added contributed a few hundred ppm.
No it has always been a Baqua since we opened it. I went ahead and added 4 bags last night which is what my pool math said I need to go from 1400 to 3500 ish. Tested this morn and its at 3800. Am planning on plumbing in SWG and starting up tonight.
 
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Previously-Matt_baqua_Oh

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May 29, 2018
94
Bluffton, Ohio
Pool Size
13700
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Wait till you see how clear it gets with the proper chemical ppms.
Yep, looks like I am a day or two behind you. Morning of day 4. My family is kinda staying clear of me since I stink of chlorine! lol My SWG is arriving Thursday, getting salt Saturday. New DE Heyward 65 getting anxious to be put into service.
 
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PhantomRIO

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Sep 30, 2020
16
Beaufort, SC
Yep, looks like I am a day or two behind you. Morning of day 4. My family is kinda staying clear of me since I stink of chlorine! lol My SWG is arriving Thursday, getting salt Saturday. New DE Heyward 65 getting anxious to be put into service.
Just a reminder. Make sure you check salt levels prior to adding salt. Mine was already 1400. Not sure why but added what pool math said I should add to bring to 3500 and I am now at 3800 so SWG going in tonight.
 

PhantomRIO

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Sep 30, 2020
16
Beaufort, SC
SWG is plumbed in and running. Was not difficult, just took awhile in order to let unions dry and align everything. I also had to extend the pipe coming out of the filter to fit the SWG in before it made the 90 degree turn into the ground and out to the poolPics attached). Also SWG is telling me salt is at 3300 so a little lower than what I tested at but well within limits(CircuPool RJ 30+ instructions say to aim for 3000-4000). I definitely oversized thinking I had 15000gal pool when I really have a 12000gal so I am starting at 50% generation output for 10hrs a day and will test the next 2 nights after it runs. Will adjust after 2nd run and go from there on fine tuning. Any suggestions on this stage are more than welcome.
 

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Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
6,871
NY
Any suggestions on this stage are more than welcome.
Looks great !!! It’s all trial and error from here on out and you already know the general rules but will have to see how your pool responds going forward. FC too high after a day ? Lower % and/or runtime. FC too low ? Raise one or the other.

I cannot recommend getting a VS pump next enough. I just bought mine and my SWG for my pool after moving before I even have a contract to build the pool. I feel THAT strongly about them. Running 24/7 was just so dang easy. I only had to adjust the % every 4-6 weeks as the season (UV) ramped up or winded down. I was always on the higher side and no weather or bather events mattered. Most days I could throw an impromptu get together with 15 people as is.
 
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Previously-Matt_baqua_Oh

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May 29, 2018
94
Bluffton, Ohio
Pool Size
13700
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Is a timer absolutely necessary for SWG? I know that not running a pump 24/7 can save energy. I have always ran 24/7 for the life of the pool. Probably was habbit as I used to have the Baquacil AD system which pumped in chemicals every night.
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
16,000
Evans, Georgia
The SWG should never be powered on when the pump isn't on itself. It is a safety issue.

Timers take care of that... a lot of folks for example run their pumps from 8am to 6pm.... so they run the SWG from 9am to 5pm, or some thing like that. Capisce?

Maddie :flower:
 

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PhantomRIO

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Sep 30, 2020
16
Beaufort, SC
Looks great !!! It’s all trial and error from here on out and you already know the general rules but will have to see how your pool responds going forward. FC too high after a day ? Lower % and/or runtime. FC too low ? Raise one or the other.

I cannot recommend getting a VS pump next enough. I just bought mine and my SWG for my pool after moving before I even have a contract to build the pool. I feel THAT strongly about them. Running 24/7 was just so dang easy. I only had to adjust the % every 4-6 weeks as the season (UV) ramped up or winded down. I was always on the higher side and no weather or bather events mattered. Most days I could throw an impromptu get together with 15 people as is.
Copy that and thanks. Current pump bought just last year but will keep this in mind as I go through this season of adjustment.
 
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Newdude

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Current pump bought just last year but will keep this in mind as I go through this season of adjustment.
Disregard the new pump idea. At least for a while. I just checked Amazon and the 011028 is now $2050 and the 011056 is $2300. I bought my 028 three weeks ago for $1500 out the door. AND THAT was high !!!!! Ouuuuuuuuch. Lol.
 
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red-beard

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May 27, 2019
936
Houston, TX
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
Doheny's has a 2 speed pump for around $359 and Variable Speed pump for $479