Opening Pool This Weekend but About to Install SWG

BabsNMK

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May 19, 2018
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Cranbury, NJ
We are planning on opening this weekend but aren't ready to install the SWG and new pump (placing my order today). Should I open and SLAM and then in a few weeks when we do the conversion hopefully the water will be in good shape? Or should I just hold off and do everything at once? We've never even opened on our own before so this entire process is going to require some trial and error.
 

jblizzle

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Before you install the swg, you should have the pool clean and balanced. The swg will not really help you clean up the pool, they are more for maintaining balanced water than they are for aidng in the slam process.
 
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Richard320

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As things warm up, any algae you have is just going to grow faster. Open now. Get it clean and balanced.

The "conversion" is really nothing more than raising CYA a little bit and adding some salt. The rest of the chemistry remains the same.
 
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Jimrahbe

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Babs,

As Jason points out, get the pool in good shape and then add the SWCG..

I also suspect your pool already has more salt in it than you think.. Never add salt before knowing the actual salt level in the pool using a Taylor K-1766 salt test kit. Even though most salt systems will tell you what the salt level is, or if it is too high or too low, I suggest that you double check before adding any salt. The cell only reports what it "thinks" the salt level is, the test kit will tell you the actual level...

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

BabsNMK

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May 19, 2018
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Cranbury, NJ
Thanks guys! Ordering the salt kit today as well. Plan on slamming this weekend if my husband is able to open (he's in the process of rebuilding our deck...too many spring projects and terrible weather).
 

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