Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

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Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby pattayapope » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:23 am

Hi All

For those CTH members who need salt for their pools in the Pattaya area I found a source to buy the 50 kg bags at very resonable prices. The shop is on Highway 36 and if you come from Highway 7 drive towards Pattaya you will see a "Captain" paint sign and the shop is just before this. It is more like a shed than a shop but prices are very resonable. Sea Salt is 190 Baht a bag and refined Salt is 250 Baht a bag.

So Jazzman which is the best to use or can we use either??

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Location of salt shop on Highway 36


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Sea Salt in 50 Kg bags


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Refined Salt in 50 kg bags
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:30 am

That is an extremely sound and useful piece of advice. Let's hope he doesn't put his prices up when his popularity increaes as a result of it :D
Common sea salt 'food grade' is what the pool industry has been using for years. It what larger pool firms are now bagging up in 25 Kg sacks with POOL SALT printed on them and selling for double or three times the price of the generic product.
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby pattayapope » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:40 pm

Hope it helps to keep other CTH members monthly costs down, next is a source for cynruric acid any idea a source for this?
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:22 pm

According to board rules we are currently not allowed to make recommendations. <Dozer/ This is not correct, board rules do not disallow making recommendations as long as there is no vested interest> However, as this stuff is generally only stocked in the small quantities required for pools, you will have to run the gauntlet of your local pool shops to get the best prices. A 5Kg tub will be sold at prices ranging anything from Baht 900 to Baht 5,000. Some of the bigger supermarkets or builders merchants sometimes also have a corner for pool supplies. Some proprietary packagings only label it as 'Chlorine stabiliser for swimming pools' or similar. You do not need much of it. Follow the instructions carefully and preferably read them before you buy it. If you find a product and are still not sure, take a discrete photo of it with your telephone and send it here for advice like you did for the salt.
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:37 pm

ADVICE FOR PROSPECTIVE POOL OWNERS

For anyone joining this topic here for the first time, I'll repeat my advice:

If you're thinking of investing hundreds of thousands of baht in a new pool, do take into account the permanent running costs. There are wild exaggerations made by pool owners who have been sold more a powerful pumps than they need, or miscalculate the amount of chemicals to use, or who (most often) are being ripped off by the so-called 'maintenance men' who theoretically include the chemicals in their exorbitant monthly fee.

In the last few years, I have come across pool owners whose maintenance 'firm' never added any chemicals at all, and one pool owner in Udon Thani who spent 1.4 million on a new pool, has drained it and stopped using it because of the running cost of about Baht 3,000 per month. The moral of the story is: don't buy a Mercedes if you won't be able to afford the gas it will guzzle.

remember, if you live in an area that has a high level of black algae spores in the air, you might also be spending up to baht 1,000 a month on algaecide to keep it at bay - it's an on-going treatment.
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby fredlk » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:32 pm

jazzman wrote:According to board rules we are currently not allowed to make recommendations.

Not quite true. To remove any doubt posters might now have, this is from the FAQ:

"You can not sneak in referrals to a business you have some financial interest in, or will get some gain from."

All other recommendations are within the rules as far as I can tell.
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:51 pm

CALCULATING YOUR SALT REQUIREMENT

This is a question we get often. However, although this is explained in detail in the instruction manula f your salt water chloriantor, there has recently been a spate of pool owners saying that they were never given a manual and never even saw the box the equipment came in. Although such equipment generally comes with at least a three or even four year guarantee, some customers have never seen a guarantee card, and many in the Khon Kaen area have not been able to track down the cowboy vendor(s).

This is a good source for calculating the salt you need:

http://www.csgnetwork.com/poolsalinitycalc.html

Best of all is to buy a digital salinity tester. The tester on the left is for salinity, the one on the right is for pH. They are extremely easy to use and take all the fuss (and inaccuracy) out of methods that use tablets, colour matching liquids or test strips. The result is instantaneous and accurate to several decimal places.

If a salt water chorinator is being used, it is imperative to keep an eye on the pH to avoid wrecking the chlorinator cell.
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby Roger Ramjet » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:20 am

jazzman,
How often do you have to test the pool and where can you buy the two testers?
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:57 am

If you do not have fully automatic chorine, production and/or acid dosing, you would use these tools as often as you use the plastic test tube and orthotolidine drops for checking the chlorine level, and the Phenol Red for the pH.

If you have a proper salt water chlorinator such as a Zodiac® or a PoolRite® (not one of those integral things that sits complete with its control panel inline in a pipe, or one that has only an analog timer and warning lights), you will only need to look at the LCD display panel perhaps once a month to check that all systems are working correctly. If your unit also has the optional built-in automatic acid dispenser, a 25 Kg drum of acid will last for several months or maybe even a year or two.

For salt, see the link to the calculator I posted above, and my comments about average salt quantities for various pool sizes. However, all salt water chlorinators generally display a warning if the salt is getting low, but it's better of course to maintain the salt above warning level.

Although salt water chlorinators and acid pumps can be retro-fitted quite easily, it is useful to bear in mind that their operation is best suited to pools based on the flush-to-deck overflow design with an underground surge tank. It is important to test the water quality regularly during the rainy season - see also in my earlier comments just to what extent a heavy rainfall can dilute the pool water.

TESTERS of the kind pictured above: Look for them on the Internet, there is a wide range in Australia. I do not know of any stockists in Thailand. They are generally not on sale because pool shops appear to prefer to practice the rip off prices for the little test kits in the blue plastic box which are sold here at anything from 250 to 1,000 baht. Profit margin? Go figure...
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Re: Supplier for pool salt in Pattaya area

Postby jazzman » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:06 am

Testers such as those in the photo are now available in Thailand at really interesting prices. In fact they can save on the cost of reagents for tradition test kits.

Pool salt is now available in blue, TRS brand 20 Kg bags. It already contains small quantities of Cyanuric Acid. Check out the prices on the Internet however. Some pools shops are selling it for as much as ฿500 a bag while it can be got for as little as ฿150.
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