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    Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    I had been buying MA from my local Ace store. 31% concentration for $5.99 a gallon.

    While at Home Depot, I saw they had a pallet of MA and grabbed a couple two gallon packs for $10.99 each thinking it was more economical than Ace.

    I was using it in the spa and I could not get the PH levels to where they needed to be based on the pool calculator recommended amounts. So I kept adding more and was going through MA fast.

    I went to Home Depot to buy more and this is when I noticed the concentration on this kemtekk stuff, it was 14% only.

    I did the calculation and figured out I was paying TWICE as much for MA as the Ace brand! Duh!

    No wonder the levels were not reacting like they should have.

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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    I've seen a few people post similar stories. I wonder if something should be added in the pool school articles about home depot's having low ma concentrations, kind of like the dollar store bleach?
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    This isn't unique to Home Depot, nor is it uniform from store to store or season to season. My Home Depot always has 31.45%. Some have 15.7% part of the year and 31.45% the rest of they year. It varies.
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    Well I know to pay attention now and hope others do too as a result of this post.

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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    I feel your pain mtbarr64, I went through the exact same thing just in reverse. My Home Depot seems to always have the watered down MA, I love Ace and the 31% MA. But I would never had known if it wasn't for TFP!!
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    Both Home Depot and Lowes in our area, changed over a year ago to 14%. Luckily Leslies still carries the good stuff at a decent price ($9.99/2 gallons). I just hope they don't go weak like the others.
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    I sell 1gl of 31.5% for $4.29. Maybe I should raise my prices now. lol

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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    dang, the pinch a penny's near me are 4.50 and 4.90. I think leslie's is 4.99. you aren't near lakeland are you? :)
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    Not in Florida at all. I have family in Lakeland though.

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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    The Home Depot in my area still sells the 31% as do the pool stores. I guess after reading here a while I should be thankful. We get 12.5% chlorine in 5 gallon jugs for $11.99 too.
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    Re: Home Depot Muriatic Acid a joke!

    Quote Originally Posted by gsmornot
    The Home Depot in my area still sells the 31% as do the pool stores. I guess after reading here a while I should be thankful. We get 12.5% chlorine in 5 gallon jugs for $11.99 too.
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