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    Reading Borate Test Strip

    Ok so what is this reading? Looks like maybe 50? This is after adding all but 8 lbs. of what the Pool Calculator said to put in. When I tested before I put ANY in the test was the same reading? Matter of fact every test looks like this! I hate test strips!
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Looks like 30-50-80 to me. I hate test strips too! So I'm going with 53.3333! there! How's that for an answer?

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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    LOL...I should be good! A little short of the calculators estimate. I think it's 50 but like I said all 4 tests I've done have been the same!
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Ugh! How annoying!

    It makes me want to run home and test my bottled water, my tap water, and then the pool.....

    It looks to me as if you have a jar of LaMotte's strips, and they are considered to be a good name. Any chance that the strips aged/got compromised somehow, so that now they aren't working well?

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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Just bought them 2 weeks ago with my Tf100 test kit. I'll look and see if they have a born on date. They are LaMotte.
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Fortunately the borate level only needs to be approximately right.
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Looks like 50-80, but the photo isn't great for that sort of thing. You can always test tap water to see what 0 looks like on the test patch.
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    Check my math on this, but wouldn't 3 teaspoons of borax in a 5 gal pale be 80 ppm? If so it could be used as another calibration point.
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    Re: Reading Borate Test Strip

    I get 2.7 teaspoons in 5 gallons for 80 ppm. Remember the error on measuring teaspoons is going to be fairly large.
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