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Thread: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

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    How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    I just dumped 7600 gallons of my water because my CYA and CH were out of control
    water delivery is in the morning.

    Here is my question. before we decided to dump the water my ph was hanging right around 6.8 water was almost clear.. Other numbers were posted on another thread. I basically just wanted to know if this is normal
    I put borax in a five gallon bucket of water and stirred. then waited and stired somemore.. dump part of it in the pool but noticed it was not disolved (this was like 40 mins later) then I added more water to the bucket and stirred and waited about 40 more mins.. Borax was not completly disolved..
    When I poured it in the pool the whole pool turned Milk colored. that was 2 days ago and it is still white.
    I am not putting anything else in it until the water comes tommorow but
    Is that normal for borax to completly cloud the water.. I had the filter running for over 48 hours and it made No difference.

    I just was wondering because I am anticipating that I will have to put more borax in tomorrow night after the water delivery. (hopefully not)
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    Perhaps it's the high CH that remains in the water. No it is not normal for borax to cloud up a pool. Upon my pool install, I added over 5+ boxes to raise my borate level and it was disolved within the hour.
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    No that should not happen. When I added borax there was no clouding. There was borax piled on the bottom of the pool undissolved but that dissolved in a couple of hours.
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    Thank you. That is good to know. Obviously there are several other problems going on. I was just concerned because after spending hundreds and hundreds of $$ this season beacuse
    "pool store" recommended the stuff I have had a slightly cloudy pool all summer.
    I am trying to assure the family that this time (switching to bbb) we will have a clean pool. They are frustrated with it to.
    Thanks again
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    No cloud to mine, added and brushed around until dissolved.
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    I have added borax to my pool about 90 days ago added it right in front of the return no mixing it in a bucket I just poured it right in 6 boxes of it and there was no cloudiness at all and my pool is CRYSTAL CLEAR .....Mike
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    Ok.. I bought the box that said BORAX. It was white and said 20 team mule... thats the right stuff right ? box was 76 oz I think
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    Yes that is the right stuff. I just pour it directly into the pool as I walk around the perimeter. Brush and it dissolves quickly. No need to dissolve in water beforehand. If you can post your test numbers we can help get it clear.
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    Re: How long does it take Borax to dissolve

    Quote Originally Posted by Txmat
    Yes that is the right stuff. I just pour it directly into the pool as I walk around the perimeter. Brush and it dissolves quickly. No need to dissolve in water beforehand. If you can post your test numbers we can help get it clear.
    Yep. I posted them on another thread.. hhmmm thinking maybe I should just leave all my questions on one thread.. New questions just seem to be popping into my head. BTW I am in the shock process now since I got my water refilled today..
    You all are great
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