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    Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Was looking on the Lowes website to see if they still have muriatic acid so I could go by and pick some up before I open the pool for the season. Noticed it was a different brand than I remember from last year - Crown is what they are carrying I guess. Checked specs to see what concentration each version is (one around 15% and the one I was looking for around 31%) and noticed that both say they are not compatible with salt pools. ?

    Am I missing something? I admit, I'm a little rusty in my pool-think since it's been a few months.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    That would be news to me ... I can not think what one has to the with the other ... especially since even non-SWG can have a lot of salt in them just from using chlorine.

    EDIT: Where did you see that incompatibility mentioned? I am not seeing anything like that.
    EDIT2: Oh, I see it in the Specs. I think someone does not know what they are talking about. It even says on the bottle for use in pools ... not sure how salt would change that.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Lowe's and Home Depot are little hard to follow when it comes to MA.

    In my area, Lowe's usually has their "everyday" MA which is the Crown stuff at 15% and in the garden/pool center they will have the pool version (usually Kemtek or similar) in a low concentration also 15%.

    Home Depot has the same setup but oddly they have a third type in the garden center that is the 31%. I prefer this one as well as it takes less to make adjustments and here is the silly part...they are the same price for 2 gal. Clearly 31% is a better value too.

    Oddly, HD doesn't put the stronger stuff on their website but they'll list the weak stuff. My guess it has do with hazard level. The weak stuff is classified as a "consumer commodity" just like the 10% bleach, but the strong stuff has a corrosive hazard label.

    If I want strong stuff and HD is out, I have to go to my local (non-national chain) pool store. Price is pretty comparable. ~ $5-6 /gal
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    My local Kroger store carried the same stuff as HD does. Same brand and 31.45% strength but they sell them as individual bottles. It's also cheaper than HD, bottle to bottle.

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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Same here my Lowes is 31.45% strength individual bottles.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    In Lakeland FL they both (Lowes/Homedepot) sell in the 2-Pack (1 Gallon containers) 31% stuff. Outside by the pool items.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Found these at Tractor Supply in the paint aisle.




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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Wow. I pay less than 9.99 for 2 gallons of the 31% stuff from the local pool store ... they are good for something
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    I pay just over $10 for two gallons at my locally owned pool and spa supply.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    Yep, I usually can get it for under $4 a gallon here at fleetfarm
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    I believe I paid $18.80 for 4 gallons of 31.45%. Plus a generous sales tax. And I already paid the deposit, I just had to return the empty jugs.
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    Re: Lowes Muriatic Acid and Salt Pool

    if you have a Rural King store close by they have 31.45 baum M/A for 2.99 a gallon right now it is 3.99 regular price they also have the team 20 mule borax for 3.49 a 76 oz box
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