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Which salt water test kit(s) would you suggest for my 18'x52'' steel sided pool. i have a Krystal Clear system model CS8110 . what do you think of the salt strip readers?

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Have the salt tested free where you purchase chemicals. While there, get a Taylor test kit to test for CL, pH, Alk, CA and Cyanuric Acid.

Salt is persistent in the water - translation - once in the water, it stays there, it doesn't go away except through splash out or back wash. Your salt should be around 3200 ppm. Get rid of the metals in the water before you do anything ... get the Alk around 100 then adjust the pH and introduce your CL. Cyanuric Acid protests the CL you are making. Some places call this 'stabilizer' and the reading should be around 60 to 100 ppm. Calcium is like salt ... persistent in the water ... lost under the same circumstances.

I hope this information helps you.

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Posted on Aug 04, 2010

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  • A Miller Aug 05, 2010

    My pleasure ... thanks for the great 4 thumbs up vote.

  • A Miller Aug 13, 2010

    dad-burn spell checker ... wish it worked! I meant to say cyanuric acid "protects" your CL.




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Is the saltwater system better then regular filter system

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if the pool construction is concrete with steel re-enforcement, the salt will corrode the steel and after a while ,cracks will appear in the cement ( cement is not water proof and will over time allow the salt into contact with the steel which rusts , expands and cracks the cement
next salt pool operations have a chlorinator inbuilt into the system that produces chlorine that is used to disinfect the water and those units are subject to expensive repairs
you will need a filter ( sand or paper) to remove objects from the pool during the cleaning processes
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Continue your research with these figures at hand.

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Constant code 91! after only 1 week my first chlorinator was replaced due to this code. Have been using my replacement for approx 2.5 weeks and got my first code 91 - added 1 bag of high purity pool salt...

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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