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    Adding Borates

    In my second year of pool ownership, I've decided to add borates. I tested my fill water with the LaMotte borate test strips and it reads at 10PPM.

    Question: Is it likely my fill has about 10PPM borates? Or is this a baseline for 0PPM?

    I know this isn't "rocket science"...I just don't want to over do it.

    Thanks,

    Adam
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    Re: Adding Borates

    Adam:
    My Lamote strips test tap water as no change. I don't have a 10ppm start, mine are a 15ppm start; Hach are the same, but appear to be dead.

    In my case, before I started adding Borax, I had a residual of 8ppm (pool store report) which seemed to dovetail into what I put in, per the poolcalculator. I suspect the borates came from some mystical treatment I was sold, most likely from the Pool Perfect - Natural Chemistry line.

    I would just plug your reading into Jason's calculator and go with that. If you come up short, it is easier to add more borax than it is to dump water.
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    Re: Adding Borates

    I added borates using 20 mule team borax. It's easier to use boric acid.
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    Re: Adding Borates

    Quote Originally Posted by Buford
    Adam:
    I suspect the borates came from some mystical treatment I was sold, most likely from the Pool Perfect - Natural Chemistry line.
    Thanks for the confirmation...my expectation was my initial test would come back with 0PPM. I've only used BBB...wait, I wonder if my builder added a product with borates at start up?

    Regardless, your advise makes sense. Use my test results with Jason's Pool Calculator...and proceed with caution.

    Have to mention, I was kind of disappointed I didn't get strange looks with 10 boxes of Borax at check out I had a great one-liner ready!

    Adam
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    Re: Adding Borates

    I will be going with borates also, but acid route. I checked all over central PA for boric acid and nothing. No ag center or anywhere. Guess online is it for options. Thanks for links in other threads!

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    Re: Adding Borates

    I picked up a line here(sorry I can't give credit to the creator of the line), then when the clerk at Walmart wanted to know why I had so much bleach and borax, I used it "Oh, it's great for cleaning up blood stains around the house" Before I got out of the store, I was talking to the manager, who actually had as warped sense of humor as I do. The clerk's look was priceless.
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