We bought an Intex metal frame 24ft round 52in deep pool in June 2009. Having read up the reviews on those pool kits, the most complained about feature was the pumps that the pool comes with. So we bought this Salt Water System to add on to the pump/filter system. It worked ok at first, but within 3 weeks, it was putting out a "Low Salt" reading. So we added more salt, only to find out that it was our extremely hard water that was causing a build up inside the machine, which causes it to not work properly. So in order to remedy this problem you have to disassemble a part of the Salt Water System, and soak it in vinegar to break up and wash off the scale build up. Not the machines fault, but it is a pain. And you have to add a pool chemical for Hard Water, in order to keep this from happening every 2 weeks...because it will (unless you have a Water Softener System on your home-which we don't). Once we got that part figured out, it seemed that according to our Test Strips that we rarely had the proper chlorine levels, even though the Salt Water System was running 12hrs in the middle of the night. Well, it took me getting a sort of expensive Test Kit (online at www.troublefreepool.com), to get all of the EXACT numbers for water hardness, alkalinity, ph,chlorine, and stabilizers, to finally get the Salt Water System to be able to work at its full capacity. In order for it to put out the correct amount of cholorine, all of the other elements in the pool water have to be correct also. You can purchase all of the chemicals you need to get ALL of your numbers correct, at Walmart, but you have to know what to get, and how much to add. Once I added the correct amount of the other chemicals I needed (pH Down & Stabilizer), the Salt Water System was able to do its job correctly, and then I barely had to touch the water the rest of the swimming season. So I would definetly recommend this product....BUT....you HAVE TO test your water (either with a good kit, b/c those test strips are inaccurate, or take a water sample to a local pool store) and BALANCE your water, BEFORE THIS PRODUCT WILL WORK AT ITS BEST!!! Its alot better then having to manually add chlorine every night, and salt water better for your hair and skin. It may take trial and error, but once you get your water balanced, you will NOT be dissapointed with this system. Oh, and Intex has pretty good customer service too!
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