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Old 06-11-2012, 12:41 PM   #1
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Pool - converting to Saltwater - HOW EASY?

So we bought a house with a beautiful large pool. Want to convert the system to SALTWATER. Reviewing the Leslie Pools web site I see there is a Controller & a Cell combination that is inserted inline of the system.

1 - is this a DIY type project? How easy to install and what are the general steps involved if you've done this?

2 - Do we have to drain the existing pool or do we just do an initial "prime" of a bunch of salt into the Pool, or how is this initiated after installing the units?

3 - How many days does it take before the pool is usable after starting the conversion?

Thanks in advance.


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Old 06-11-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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Why would you want a salt water pool?


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Saltwater pools have a chlorine generator that converts the salt to chlorine. Once up and running they are very easy to maintain. The biggest hurdle is the initial cost of the system. Once installed it is simple as keeping the salt levels up which keep the pool sanitized.

cody Check this link for some great info on maintaining your pool... http://www.troublefreepool.com/index.html
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People want salt water pools because they save you money because it's low maintenance and it's better for your health, skin and hair. A lot of people have reactions to all the chemicals like chlorine and bromine, so salt water is a great alternative. I would love to have one. I don't know a lot lot about doing it yourself, but I do know that to prevent damage to the salt water pool, you need to run the pump 24/7.
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You know, funny thing is, my wife's company works on Leslie Pool's corporate jet. Matter of fact, we get the excess hides and fabric from jobs that they did, that the customer no longer needed. I probably had over $10k in leather hides and fabric sitting in my wife's van. The bolt for Leslie's was probably around $2,500.00.
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You would probably do well to bring in a company to map the conversion for you and make sure you have everything you need material and procedure wise on hand. Then take over regular maintenance. You may have to replace some fittings to deal with the salt water.
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People want salt water pools because they save you money because it's low maintenance I do know that to prevent damage to the salt water pool, you need to run the pump 24/7.
I am not sure how much one would save if you have to run the pump 24/7. My chlorinated in ground pool runs maybe 6 hours a day, more if it is used heavily. Electricity is expensive.

As for maintenance....what is the saving?. I throw on some liquid chlorine once a week, not much maintenance to that. Do you not have to vacuum a salt water pool? With any pool, if you don't want maintenance, you shouldn't have a pool.

My wife wanted to convert ours to salt, and while she is the boss on most things, I don't plan on doing it. I put the pool in 25 years ago, and have had no trouble with it. The only part of your comment I might agree with is if someone has a allergy or reaction to chlorine. I still have all my hair and my skin is just fine.
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Yes, but just think how baby-soft your WIFES skin will feel..


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