Test results from my Taylor K-2006:
CYA: Was ~20 on Saturday. Added some cyanuric acid to bring the level up to 30, and will test it again in a day or two.
1. I am already using bleach to maintain chlorine levels, and baking soda to increase the TA, so I guess I am ready for the 3rd B of BBB method..that is Borax. I want to reduce my chlorine use, as well as get a sparkling pool with algaecide properties . So, based on my pool size of ~ 9800 gallons, pool calculator shows that I need about 462 oz. of borax (20 Mule Team, correct?) and 220 oz of 31.25% muriatic acid to raise the borates to 40 ppm. (Assuming I have 0 borates now...I have not tested for it yet, I just re-filled my pool, it is just a guess that there are no borates). Since each box of 20 Mule team is 76 oz., I will need 6 boxes to raise borates to 40 ppm. And I will need to buy about 2 gallons of muriatic acid (with some left over). Are my calculations correct?
2. I will be buying 20 Mule borax at Walmart. They have it at ~3.5 bucks per box. Are hardware stores good to buy muriatic acid (for cost benefit).
3. Where do you buy LaMotte Borate test strips? I have been searching all over the net for the last couple of days, but cant find a place.