After all the testimonials/comments about borates, figured it was worth it to try it out. I'm assuming I'm currently at zero (though will test when I get the Lamotte strips), so I probably need about 35 lbs. of boric acid to get to 50ppm or 25lbs to get to 30ppm (assuming my volume calculation of 15K gallons is right).
(1) Should I lower the CYA (currently about 60) prior to borating? As long as I stay away from pucks, CYA will eventually come down (rain dilution, splash, backwash), but I don't have much leeway in case I need to use the pucks (week-long absence and no one to pool-sit).
(2) Figured I can get the borates from 30-50 once it's more likely that the pool will get heavier usage. For the next few months, the only use for it may be spa (heated on demand) and quick dips on hot days (not this weekend - lows in the 50s here in Miami.... BRRRR! ). Since we've successfully made it through another hurricane season, it's not as rainy over the next few months, so the 30 will probably stay in that range. Anything wrong with that approach?
Thoughts are appreciated.