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    pool maintainance.

    anyone with a private swimming pool ? . how much u pay for mtc per month.

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    I built an 8 x 4 pool a few years ago here in vientiane concrete and salt water sytem. Fookin love it. As do the kids. As far as maintenance goes its a doddle. Had some issues to start but once i got my head around the chemistry it was easy. 20 kg bag of salt costs 120 baht i might have to add a half bag every month. I keep an eye on the PH and use a digital meter to test plus the drops to confirm. Vacume the fooker about 1 time a week finding it easy. Trick is . Keep yer eye on it and test yer water at least every couple of days. I done a fred on my pool build in the construction section. Check it out. Been a bit nippy lately but usually here in lao we use the pool 10 months of the year. Good value i reckon.

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    As a side note the tap water here ( nam papa) usually tests Ph at about 7.6 Which is perfect. I have had to use Ph low or Ph high chemicals to get the balance right occasionaly. A tub ob of either costs about 1000 baht ( cheaper in thailand) a mate of mine told me he simply buys toilet duck from the minimart to address his PH problems. But hes a cheap coont.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lob View Post
    anyone with a private swimming pool ? . how much u pay for mtc per month.

    Depends if it is salt or chlorine, if they are providing chem etc. I had a salt pool and was paying 1000 baht a month all in with a local grounds keeper who did a good job and mowed the lawn at the same time - we provided the salt. Local pool firm wanted 2500 a month (big pool). We were using 4 bags of salt a month.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Keep yer eye on it and test yer water at least every couple of days.
    Yes, the trick to keeping it cheap is keeping all the chemicals at the right levels. The less you check the more you will spend on trying to get it right,

    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    We were using 4 bags of salt a month.
    Pools with salt water chlorinators do not 'use' salt. The only time you need to add salt is when salt water is displaced (usually by rain).

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    Maybe the cheap pool boy wasn't so good after all

    Just been informed by the wife though the salt was 30 baht per bag so I guess that is 7.5kg bags? Still too much though seeing what Loops says. Bastard.

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    I have a chlorine pool, and I pay a bloke 1500bht monthly for maintenance. I'm quite happy with this, because until recently i was paying another bloke 3000bht! Only difference is, now I pay for the chlorine.

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    3000 with gardening although im thinking of sacking him. Ive never seen him test the water yet and my eyes burn sometimes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    my eyes burn sometimes
    Too much urine

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    thank u for the feed back lads, yes should have indicated salt or chlor, but dont know anyway, only looked at it. 555

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    We were using 4 bags of salt a month.
    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Pools with salt water chlorinators do not 'use' salt. The only time you need to add salt is when salt water is displaced (usually by rain).
    HUH ??

    Loops ! Chemical

    The method by which a salt-chlorine generator works is that it applies a process of electrolysis to the dissolved salt in the water as it passes
    through a pool's filter system.

    This electrolysis takes away the 'sodium' part of salt and what is left is chloride, or chlorine.



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    Check the levels once a week, put granulated chlorine in twice a week, remove leaves weekly, not much dust in our pool so once a month i put Alum in the pool and vacuum to waste when the dirt has settled which is enough to keep the water crystal clear for 3 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Yes, the trick to keeping it cheap is keeping all the chemicals at the right levels. The less you check the more you will spend on trying to get it right,



    Pools with salt water chlorinators do not 'use' salt. The only time you need to add salt is when salt water is displaced (usually by rain).
    I add maybe one bag of salt a year, if I need to pump any water out use the the top skimmer suction as the heavy salt will sink.
    Chlorinator needs to be serviced every three months or so, apart from adding acid occasionally to counter the high PH chlorinators create and the occasional brush, easy to take care.
    Most of the so called pool cleaners here have no idea what they are doing!
    ^^David48, Loops is correct, he is saying you don't need to constantly add salt, you only need ~.5% salt for the cell to generate chlorine, it doesn't get used in the process.
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    Salt reforms it seems. My pool lad must have been using my salt all around the bloody lake hahaha. ahh well.

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    ^Salt is cheap pseudo, and so is south east asian manual labour, so fair play to the sneaky little coont!

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    Anyone else enjoying the cool weather swims after a hard workout (currently running the stairs in my condo)?

    the cold water (6 am) zaps your body back into feeling very fresh and great after a hard workout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    ^Salt is cheap pseudo, and so is south east asian manual labour, so fair play to the sneaky little coont!
    I did wonder. The first year there was a pile of salt bags in the pool house and it never moved hardly. Then got the new guy in and he was the one saying "big pool need lots of salt" so I duly ordered a load. But anyway - as you say, in total probably only cost me 120 baht a month.

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    Ive got a pretty nifty digital meter i use to measure the salt. I keep the salt content at about 4000 ppm a little bit higher or lower doesnt seem to harm it though. I keep the chlorinater cranked to 4 lighs ( the maximum) more chlorine = less algae. Very hard to stop algae but you can controll it.
    Getting back to the op post. I uses about 100ml of swimrine algaecide once a week 1 gallkn bottle costs about 1500 baht. ( again cheaper in thai
    Lànd by 50%́ the trick is filtration. Dont be a cheap coont filter your pool 8 hours a day your power bill might go up by $30 a month but when yer sweating like a rapist you
    wont give a fuk .

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    Chlorine and pH- is the best business for the pool shops. They just modestly forget to say that the high Cl level is good only for the public pools with hundreds of dirty people daily, unlike for your pool with your clean body for x minutes per day, sometimes the whole week zero swim.

    However, the fear from bacterias fulfills the other important function: algae fight. But for that, other means are more suitable: algycids (actually Copper Sulphate) with only one disadvantage: is very cheap, not good business for the pool shops, that's why they scare you of it.

    Fear from bacterias: How we can survive without Cl in our bath tube, where we bath not only the wife in hot water for half an hour but also the new born kids? Not to speak about our tooth brushing, dish washing, cooking? And how about our remaining 23.5 h daily spending with the ambient air much more full of bacterias than our clean pool water?

    And not to speak about the "healthy" effect of the chlorine to our organism, as in fact many medical studies are proving (of course not to be found on pool shop shelves).

    And when we are not crazy to keep the Cl level 24/7, the pH level is unimportant either (since just good for Cl effectivity). Try to check what is generally allowed for the drinking water (pH 6.5 - 9.5). On the water clarity it has no influence. Everybody can test it, as I do throughout the whole year without the pH checking but with daily clear water.

    Quite a wide range of Cu for drinking water is allowed (2 ppm), whilst the CS contains just 20 - 25% of Cu. Not speaking about how much Cu is around us daily, food stuff etc.

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