Matt from Central Arkansas. Dow flake ice melt for calcium? 83-87% Cal Chloride

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Just wondering if I can use this stuff? Previous owner left a big bag. If not, what should I use? What's the difference? I read another thread about this, but seemed more opinion and less fact. Has someone used snow melt for calcium for a long time. My main concern is the 13-17% that's not Cal Chlor. Also, if something else is recommended, what's it composition.

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Yeah, better not to premix it, it gets hot! See link above on how to add chems to a pool.
 
#5
Thanks guys! I have added about 10 pounds already. Didn't seem to cause any problems. Maybe a little hit with water clarity. Probably gonna add another 15 pounds this weekend. Anyone else have a preferred product, let me know. I'll check out the recommended chemicals link.
 

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Where did you see that? Here is what it says for salt

Salt can simply be dumped into the pool. Spread it around a bit with a brush so there aren't any large piles, and leave the pump running for 24 hours after adding salt. If you have a SWG, it should be turned off while you are adding salt and for the next 24 hours.
 
#8
Didn't think through it. When we run our filter, the SWG kicks on. I'm sure I can turn it off and let the filter keep going. Sorry for the slip.
Didn't know the SWG had to be turned off either.
 

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Aha! That explains it. :thumleft: Yes, the salt tends to pool in high concentrations while it is dissolving and it isn't all that good for the SWG to have very high salt water going through it.
 
#10
Speaking of bad SWGs, is there an easy way to tell if it's working? My chlorine seems to be lacking. My thought was boost it for 12 hours. If I don't show appropriate chlorine, there must be a problem. It's crazy how many testing strips I've been going through.
I must admit, I've been running it while adding salt. I think my system cuts it off when it's outside the workable range. I cleaned it a week ago and it looked great.