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 Swimming pools - salt, sand pump, or chlorine?
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sailawaybob
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Posted - 06/16/2008 :  10:48:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have grown to a larger above ground pool this year, 16 foot round as to last year 8 foot my question is has anyone tried a salt or sand pump system as opposed to a chlorine type. I'm still new to these pools and pumps, looking for the cleanest but of course the easiest.

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boomdriver
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Posted - 06/16/2008 :  11:11:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My parents had a pool with a sand filter. It was very effective, and easy to clean- on theirs you just rotated the top to change the valving and back-flushed it. To clean sediment from the bottom of the pool they had some kind of "robo vac" that attached to the filter inlet with a long hose. It randomly traveled around the bottom and eventually covered the whole area. The combination worked very well to keep the pool sparkling. Good luck!

I'm sure I think I said what I probably meant, but maybe not.



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sailawaybob
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Posted - 06/16/2008 :  11:17:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thanks boomdriver i'll look into the sand filter..


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Phydeau
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Posted - 06/17/2008 :  12:45:05 AM  Show Profile  Visit Phydeau's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sailawaybob, my parents have a pool right next to a lake. They use some chemical that doesn't harm wildlife (they frequently pull live frogs out of the filters, and they hop away fine). I'll find out what that is. And whatever it is, it doesn't irritate your skin (I have very sensitive skin). I'll get back to you, soon.


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Diger
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Posted - 06/17/2008 :  10:56:28 AM  Show Profile  Send Diger a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Bob,

Some people like the salt system but some don't. I don't know much about it but can tell you some tricks to the clorine. People think the chlorine burns there eyes but most of the time its the Ph being out of range. If the Ph is to high or to low eitherone will burn your eyes. Too make the Ph easy to control you need to raise the Alkalinity and Hardness recomended levels, then when you add the chlorine it won't make the Ph drop to low. Keep in mind some water has to much Hardness and Alkalinity to begin with and that can make it hard to change the Ph at all.

I guess what I'm saying is you need to have the water you are going to put in your pool tested before you deside.
Most any pool supply store can test it for you.



Diger



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JohnnyBoy
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Posted - 06/17/2008 :  3:57:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,

We have a salt water (in-ground) pool and really like it. Basically, you dissolve powered (non-iodized) salt in the water. There is an electronic "cell" that you would need to purchase to convert the salt to (and I'm no chemist) chlorine and hydrogen. The chlorine sanitizes the water, then re-combines with the hydrogen and becomes salt again. And the process continues. In essence, you never have to add chlorine again. Also, the salt never leaves the pool. Water evaporates, but the salt doesn't. Don't worry about a salt taste because the recommended salt level is only 2,600 to 3,200 ppm. This is just slightly more than a saline solution, and just below the "taste" thresh hold of most people. We find it also has a softening effect on the water, so it doesn't leave your skin dry like most pools do (our water here in S. Nevada is incredibly hard). A salt system is a bit spendy, but given what you'll spend on chlorine, it can pay for itself in the long run. You will have to maintain the rest of the pool waters' chemistry though, including chlorine stabilizer (cyanuric acid) as the system won't generate this (chlorine tablets usually contain stabilizer).

John

I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.



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sailawaybob
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Posted - 06/17/2008 :  11:22:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks all i'm leaning toward the salt filter but considering the old standby chlorine, whatever the choice I love this new pool...


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JohnnyBoy
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Posted - 06/18/2008 :  12:39:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bob,

Just to clarify, the salt system is not a filter, it's a means of sanitizing the water (kills algae and bacteria). You would still need a filter to remove particulate matter. The main choices are DME (diatomaceous earth), sand, or cartridge filters. Each has advantages and disadvantages. For our in-ground pool, we have a cartridge filter. Every few months, or when the back pressure reaches a certain level, we remove the cartridges, hose them off, and reinstall. Keeps the water very clear. The cartridges usually last 3 - 5 years before requiring replacement. DME is also very effective, but I've heard that the backflush (its method of cleaning the filter) can be caustic. You might visit a reputable pool supply store in your area (Leslie's here in the southwest) and discuss your options.

John

I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.



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sailawaybob
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Posted - 06/24/2008 :  10:33:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I made a splash into my chlorine pool thanks for the tips, may change next year but was in the mood to swim after 8 pickup truck loads of dirt and sand. Nothing beats enjoying our backyard pool paridise...nude of course !


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smoothy
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Posted - 06/27/2008 :  7:37:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I switched from a chlorine system to salt a year ago and love it. I was always adjusting my chlorine levels and ph. Since I switched to salt I do nothing but add salt sometimes after I drain water from the pool. The money I save on Chlorine will pay for the salt system over time.


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johninfla
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Posted - 06/28/2008 :  01:34:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We here at the park just installed a salt system. The upside is that the pool water feels better; the downside is that the idiot manufacturer's rep didn't figure bather load into his recommendation so we still have to inject liquid chlorine. So we have a half-assed salt system; we got what we paid for but it's inadequate.
If you have more than a home pool, beware.



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buckmagnolia
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Posted - 07/15/2008 :  4:52:43 PM  Show Profile  Send buckmagnolia an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I have an above ground 15' round 4' deep pool, the kind you buy at Walmart (yes, I shop at wally world, lets keep that for ANOTHER thread...lol). I started out the old fashioned way, shock the pool, add the chlorine tablets, test constantly. At the end of the season last year I bought a chlorine generator and converted to a salt water pool. Added 3 bags of the 99.5% pure water softener salt, and let it run. Now the only maintenance I have to do it change the filter, clean the bottom ( i have a skimmer for the surface), and test to verify the chlorine and pH levels. I love it!

Buck M

"If it`s so dirty to be naked, why do we get naked to get clean?"
- Bryan Maloney



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