OK, so I"ve been struggling with my pool for the last several months: dull water, chronic low grade algae breakout that never seemed to completely go away in the face of multiple liquid chlorine shocks. I thought my CYA had gotten completely out of hand but I was maintaining 10 ppm FC with CYA of 80 so while high it was still in the range of my previous experience . High chlorine demand that had me thinking that I should just give up or pay lots of money for more pool products (I had gone the polyquat way in my previous pool but hated how expensive it was).
I found this forum, decided to try borating (is that a word?) my pool, made the calculations, added mule team and acid as described in the sticky. The pH was spot on at the end of 13 boxes of mule team and 4 gallons of acid.
Now a week later, I am completely sold. The water is so crystal clear it looks almost fake, very clear and inviting. My kids say the pool feels silky soft and looks sparkly. The chlorine demand is way down and the pH is more stable.
We now want to spend more time by the pool because it looks so nice!
Anybody who is on the fence about the benefits of borates, give it a try!