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Topic Title: Saltwater Pool conversion
Topic Summary: worth it?
Created On: 01/27/2017 10:34 AM
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 01/27/2017 10:34 AM
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matt_t

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I'm kind of over constantly refilling chlorine jugs.

What are the pros and cons of going to a salt system?

Is the conversion difficult?

any info appreciated.

thnx
 01/27/2017 12:49 PM
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laniakea

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Pro: no problems with chlorine running out again and pool turning green.

Cons: none other than set up cost.

Had the set up for nearly 20 years beachside. Currently running a Hayward system.


Salt system and auto vac system are two great inventions.
 01/27/2017 01:11 PM
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Plus you can drink it!

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 01/27/2017 05:06 PM
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dropsolo

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I love mine. I admittedly hate taking care of my pool and honesty spend 2 minutes a week doing it. Now about once a month I have to put in about 15 minutes. Very minimal up keep compared to my neighbors.

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 01/27/2017 07:43 PM
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chi

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Think it is about $1000 to convert.
 01/27/2017 10:37 PM
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fishkller

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I wouldnt bother.

The cells in the salt-chlorine generator blow out and you have to replace the cell every few years. My cell is $800. That buys alot of chlorine.

Plus you have to buy the big bags of salt and make sure that is in there.

I found the best way to keep the pool chlorinated w/o the generator is to buy the Clorox Pool Chlorine floater. Its like $20 and lasts all month to a month and a half. They sell them at Publix.

so. $20/mo x 12 months is $240. compare that to replacing an $800 cell.

And eventually you need to replace the contoller when it blows out. Also consider how much the system costs in the first place.

All so you dont have to "maintain" it.

Well, buying 3 floaters at Publix and throwing one in the pool every 30-45 days isnt much maintenance.. just my opinion.



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 01/28/2017 05:18 AM
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Bald Brother

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Worth it. They do go out but 1) maintenance easier and 2) water seems "softer and 3) kids never complain about eyes

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 01/28/2017 02:32 PM
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matt_t

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Thank you all for the insight.
 01/28/2017 04:49 PM
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fishkller

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To be clear- salt generators still produce chlorine in the water.. its just created via the cell from the salt, rather than added directly as chlorine.

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 01/28/2017 06:05 PM
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sharkey

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Loved mine and water felt good in eyes, hair and on the skin.

 01/29/2017 06:56 PM
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Chlorine is Chlorine is Chlorine

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 04/09/2017 05:10 AM
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matt_t

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I bought a SW kit. Anyone have any recommendations on someone locally (melb/ indialantic) who could install. Many of the old valves are severely corroded as well. I'd like to replace a few of those while the PVC is getting cut up.

Thnx
 04/10/2017 10:56 AM
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DHodges34

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I needed a valve replaced on my system, my neighbor recommended Scott Foucher (sp?) at 321-544-5352. Spoke with Scott this morning, seems like a nice guy, he's taking a look at it this afternoon. I'll report back positive or negative afterward.

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 04/10/2017 04:22 PM
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matt_t

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Originally posted by: DHodges34

I needed a valve replaced on my system, my neighbor recommended Scott Foucher (sp?) at 321-544-5352. Spoke with Scott this morning, seems like a nice guy, he's taking a look at it this afternoon. I'll report back positive or negative afterward.


please let me know, if it works out ill call him

 04/10/2017 07:52 PM
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DHodges34

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Short version: he seems like a good guy and definitely knows his stuff. Gave me a quote today and going to install my new valve tomorrow.

Scott came out and took a look today. I had a cracked pipe leading into a valve, he first checked whether it was something he could repair but unfortunately that section of pipe had been repaired already (2 inch pipe had been cut and a 1.5 inch coupling glued inside) so I need a new valve installed. I have a close friend in Orlando that does pools and he had confirmed everything Scott told me via pictures I sent so that made me feel better, and when I mentioned this to Scott he said that since it wasn't a really simple/cheap fix he wouldn't get his feelings hurt if I wanted to wait on my friend to come out and do it to save the money. I appreciated that but Scott will be installing the valve tomorrow. My friend also confirmed that the prices we discussed for parts and labor were reasonable. Will report back after the work is done tomorrow.

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 04/13/2017 04:51 AM
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Update: Scott did a great job, very professional and priced reasonably. I will call him again next time I need something done.

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