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How much salt should be added to a 27' by 52" pool? The manual only goes up to 24'

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    Joseph Vernice May 11, 2010

    Please let me know what the manual states and I will give you the quantity (and calculation) for your pool.

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A rough estimate is that you have about 10,500 gallons of water depending on how full you have your pool

This translates to about 200-250 pounds of salt

To be certain get a salt test kit ( costs about 11 dollars for 10 tests )
you want to be as close to 3000ppm as possible

Much more and you will taste a lot of salt less than 2500ppm and your unit will not generate enough chlorine

Start with 200 pounds spreading it around the pool. Now brush it around to partially disolve.
Most important now is to filter/circulate the water for 24 hours before checking the ppm

Although it may look disolved after a few hours it is NOT

if after checking if your salt ppm is not where I told you add 15 pounds at a time until it comes up or drain 2-4 inches and add fresh water to bring it down repeat as needed to reach 3000ppm

Now you can start producing chlorine

Remeber though contrary to the directions for intex the total hours of run time depend on # of swimmers how hot it was that day, rain, and sun light. You should start with the average in the book but adjust to what works for your swimming habits and weather

Good luck

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Hello,
A few things to do or you will create your own problems.

First and for most you must filter for at least 12 hours after adding salt to distribute the salt completly

You can not just blindly ad salt like you said you added a bag.

Although the manuals have an amount of salt for different size pools it is just a starting point. It is up to you tp fine tune

you must get a salt test kit
the kind that reads #'s not color

Get your salt as close to 3000ppm as possible
any lower than 2700 and you will get a low salt alarm and you will also not be producing enough chlorine
any higher than 3500 and you can go cloudy, trigger high alarm, and the water will taste nasty
you can even trigger low salt with too much salt content
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If you are higher than the 3500 then drain 20% water and fill with fresh
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If low follow directions for low salt either on the test directions or bag of salt

I have had my system for this being the 4th season and have never cleaned the cells

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Low salt indicator


high concentration? Salt is salt except for the fact in aq pool you want 98% pure and it must not be iodized salt
Also before generating salt with the timer you must have the right amount of salt
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