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    The boric acid is in the water!

    Hey folks .... finally added my 55 lb pail of boric acid. First test results:

    TC: 11.5
    CC: 0
    PH: 7.2 (dropped from 7.5, I am going to leave it alone and let it rise on its own)
    TA: 70
    CH: 20
    CYA: 40
    Borate: 30-50 (hard to tell with strip, it is likely around 43+- since the pool calculator has proven to be very accurate thus far )

    The water does look 'sparkling' and it is definitely clearer than I have seen before. I also get that squeaky clean feeling on my hand. I am seriously excited!

    Should I force up the PH or leave it?
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    I've been thinking about trying this myself. Where did you get the boric acid?
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Since you are in Houston I can recommend to go get a 55 lb bag at AAA chemicals. It was 70$ and that amount should be about perfect for your pool size. I did it and I am very pleased with the result.
    You will want to call in advance - the place can seem a little disorganized if you just show up and ask to buy a bag....
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Should I force up the PH or leave it?
    Leave it. Most pools tend to rise somewhat on their own. Perhaps check pH a little more frequently for a couple of weeks but I think you'll see it in the mid 7's soon enough.
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    The boric acid is in the water!

    @wood I bought it from dudadiesel online. It was about $100 with shipping ($70 +30 to ship).
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by BigJD
    @wood I bought it from dudadiesel online. It was about $100 with shipping ($70 +30 to ship).
    i bought it there as well. 55lbs + 25lbs. added 70lbs of it last weekend and 1 box of borax. now i have 15lbs of boric acid for future refills.
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Suggestion for price. I just bought 10 boxes of Mule Team (47.5 lbs) on soap.com for $49.50, free shipping. 12 boxes would give you 57 lbs for $59.40. They also have a "5 faves" feature. You pick 5 items as your favorites and you get 10% off those 5 things forever. If there aren't more expensive items you want to "favorite", you can get 57 lbs for $53.46.
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb04
    Suggestion for price. I just bought 10 boxes of Mule Team (47.5 lbs) on soap.com for $49.50, free shipping. 12 boxes would give you 57 lbs for $59.40. They also have a "5 faves" feature. You pick 5 items as your favorites and you get 10% off those 5 things forever. If there aren't more expensive items you want to "favorite", you can get 57 lbs for $53.46.
    When using Borax, you also have to account for the muriatic acid that will need to be added at the same time.

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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW
    When using Borax, you also have to account for the muriatic acid that will need to be added at the same time.
    Good point. I didn't calculate that in.
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    Re: The boric acid is in the water!

    You poured acid in your pool? And you let kids in there? I'll bet you're one of those crazies who pours bleach in their pool, too!



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