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Did not filtering added salt destroy the electrolitic cell in my model 8110 salt chlorinator?

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You probably didn't ruin it, just caused it to not know what to do.
In my opinion your problems started with actually being low salt.

In a panic and not realizing the proper way to test for 3000ppm you were probably low

you then got the new unit and were ready to have the same problem

If you do have high salt ( over 3500 ) you can create calcium on the plates and render them impossible to correctly read therefore giving alarms. you can also create severe corrosion on metal ladders thus putting metals in your pool and creating a new problem. Your pools chlorine will get eaten away quickly by the metals and with low or no sanitizer you will go green very fast.

So did you ruin the plates with high salt? I dont believe so. Your pool just wasnt in line abd if you had cleaned the plates with the vinegar treatment you still would have been in the same boat

all of the intex chlorinators are made the same but they are not exactly calibrated the same. They are close but not close enough so were one system might read the salt content ok the next may not

I am not sure if you were using any test kit at all but make sure you stay away from the salt test that reads in colors. The # test kit is right on the money where as the color one just gets you in the ball park

You must also remember that when it rains or you ad water because of splash out you may go low on salt. Just remeber 3000ppm
it takes a lot of rain or frsh water to alter your salt content but again if you are more on the low side of the 3000 then you would need to ad salt sooner

Please go to my name and look up my other posts dealing with low flow and gowing green

I am sure you will learn quite a bit and it should help you to have a more pleasurable experience with your pool..

start using the chemicals I mention in those posts cause once you go green it is hard and back breaking to get your pool back to clear

Posted on Aug 02, 2010

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  • mandretti Aug 04, 2010

    got my water tested as 3800 ppm! pool store sold me chemicals to shock the water and suggested the salt chlorinator may not be able to sufficiently bring the water up to proper levels (which is why all the chemicals are required when pool first opened) but able to maintain proper levels once reached. these are the chemicals i was told to use:
    ph, uv block, amaze plus (shock?) - what do you think. regarding the plates- should i clean everything in vinegar again? do you think the chlorinator will start to work once i get the pool levels right? thanks in advance - Mary



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Start buy draining 20% of your water and adding fresh.
Filter normal for about 12 hours.
Now test your salt PPM
You can get a salt test kit at any pool supply
you want your salt ppm to be as close to 3000 as possible
any lower than 2700 and you will not produce enough sanitizer and over 3500 can produce high salt code, just taste bad, and ruin your cells in the unit
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First of all green water can arrise from a lot of different situation.
Low chlorine is one of them coupled with the crappy filter that comes with the intex pools it does not filter enough.

Start with getting your salt level to 3000ppm
any lower than 2700 and you will not generate enough chlorine and any higher than 3500 and you could go cloudy or trigger high salt alarms

you need to get the salt test kit that reads in #'s not color the color ones has to much of a variance
once your salt is at 3000 clean your cell then filter filter filter

I run my filter 24/7 if it is not generating chlorine I am filtering.

Clean your cartridge every few days
I have had the same 2 cartridges for this being my 4th season and have never been green or replaced the filters.
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Just follow directions on bottle

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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
So remember 3000ppm

If you are higher than the 3500 then drain 20% water and fill with fresh
continue this until you get to close to 3000

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

any way, when you get the pool to around 3000 filter only for about 12 hours then turn on your generator

It should work fine

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no need to drain go to the intex web site and look up your pool size for the starting amount of salt you need.
After ading it run your filter for at least 24 hours before trying to generate use this web site and click on the english version for pump 8110 once it downloads go to page 13 14 15
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