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    Best way to get acid

    I currently only go to the pool store to get the ~30% muriatic acid. Is that usually the best deal or is there another method of getting better pricing on acid?
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Home Depot or Lowes in the garden department near the pool chemicals.
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Don't they have the lesser concentrated acid?


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    Question Re: Best way to get acid

    In the pool section, yes, sometimes it is the lower concentration-- ~14.5 Baume, I believe.

    Instead, take a walk over to the paint department... It's exactly the same as the pool acid, just labeled for a different purpose-- and it's the full 31 baume concentration, and almost certainly cheaper per gallon than what you are paying at the pool store.

    I remember one time, I think it was @ Ace hardware, I discovered it stocked near the cement/concrete... It was being sold as a concrete cleaner.... But it was labeled as 31 Baume Muriatic Acid... If I remember correctly, it might even (rarely) be labeled as hydrochloric acid... But as long as it's 31 Baume it's the right stuff.

    Of course, there's no harm in using the lower concentration.... it just costs a bit more, and you have to use more of it-- but the trade off is that there is less off-gassing and odor, so it can be a little more "user friendly"...



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    Re: Best way to get acid

    You should see something like this:



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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Yes, our Lowes has both, 31.45% and 15%. The 31.45% 2 packs are on a "stock" aisle in the back of the store near the rear door to lawn and garden on a pallet.
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Thanks everyone. I will check it out at Lowe's next time. The pool store 2 gallons is getting up to about 14 and change after taxes. I'll see if there's a cheaper at Lowe's or Home Depot


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    Re: Best way to get acid

    I've taken pooldv's advice and gone to Lowes garden/pool area...you can get a 2-pak for 12 & change w the approx. 31.5% muratic acid...buying anything less concentrated, take the delta and then at it to 1.0 [1.15] and times by your buying price at the pool store and that how much more you will pay to get the higher con at lowes.. higher con, less you have to use and carry, buy greater risk of inhaling fumes...ALWAYS pour w wind to your back and pool to your front
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    The pool $tore closest to my house is actually very close in price to Lowes. But, their attitude is poor and I don't like dealing with them I'll drive a little further to Lowes....
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Quote Originally Posted by Modawg2k View Post
    Thanks everyone. I will check it out at Lowe's next time. The pool store 2 gallons is getting up to about 14 and change after taxes. I'll see if there's a cheaper at Lowe's or Home Depot


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    That seems like about double what I'm paying, although I did have to pay the deposit on the bottles and crate upfront. Any HASA dealers near you? http://www.hasapool.com/dealer_locator_hasa.php
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    Re: Best way to get acid

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    That seems like about double what I'm paying, although I did have to pay the deposit on the bottles and crate upfront. Any HASA dealers near you? http://www.hasapool.com/dealer_locator_hasa.php
    According to their website there are. I've never heard of them. I'll have to check out a nearby dealer
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    Pentair IntelliFlo VS 3050, Pentair Triton II TR100 Sand Filter
    Pentair Intellichlor IC40 SWG

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