salt instead of chlorine

david_fraleighMay 10, 2011

I have a 15' above ground pool that I use in the summer months. For simplicity's sake (too far away from electric source) I don't use a pump and filter.. In the past I have kept it reasonably clean and clear with chlorine tablets and the occasional syphoning out of the dirt at the bottom of the pool and the use of a hand-held screen for leaves, etc.

This year I am wondering about using salt instead of chlorine to keep the water clean.. When I first heard about it I had assumed that it is the salt concentration that limits algae growth.. (Is that incorrect?) The reason that I wonder is because I recently read that somehow the salt system uses a "chlorine generator" to make its own chlorine using the salt in the water. In other words,.. Would I need a chlorine generator and a pump (and an electric source to power them) to make this salt system work..? If that is the case then it is a whole lot less appealing...

I guess that my idea of just dumping the right amount of salt into the water won't work.

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busboy

You are correct..it won't work. Chlorine generators use electricity to seperate sodium and chlorine molecules in salt (NaCl). Gotta have a pump also. You basically have an above ground pond that you are trying to keep clean.

I'm sure there are low cost pumps and filters you could set up using an extension cord. I'm not a prude but I'm not sure I'd want to swim in your pool without a minimal filtering system. Won't need much. And forget the salt..IT works great but for your size pool and application you will not recover the cost.

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