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    Borax and SWG

    Hi guys,

    Do I use borax if I have a SWG pool?
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Sure. The pH buffering effects are particularly useful. I just borated a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by UN1017
    Sure. The pH buffering effects are particularly useful. I just borated a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
    Ah Haa. Perhaps this will help with the acid usage. I've been dumping in a gallon per week just to keep it in check. How much borax did you use in your 15K pool?
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    If your going to add borates it's easier if you use boric acid. The first year I did the Borax and acid route, the following year I did boric acid. Much easier. I've got a 17 K pool.

    Here's my story: boric-acid-the-easy-way-t38793.html?hilit=boric%20acid

    Poolcaculator.com will give you the answer.

    and according to the pool calculator: 55 lbs or 11.6 (76 oz) boxes of Borax would be needed to go from 0 to 50
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by Liteguy
    Quote Originally Posted by UN1017
    Sure. The pH buffering effects are particularly useful. I just borated a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
    Ah Haa. Perhaps this will help with the acid usage. I've been dumping in a gallon per week just to keep it in check. How much borax did you use in your 15K pool?
    Borates are by no means required for a swg pool, but they can help. More importantly, what is your TA at?
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Great and thanks, Sorry for the dumb-a** question, should have gone directly to the pool calc
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Quote Originally Posted by Liteguy
    Quote Originally Posted by UN1017
    Sure. The pH buffering effects are particularly useful. I just borated a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
    Ah Haa. Perhaps this will help with the acid usage. I've been dumping in a gallon per week just to keep it in check. How much borax did you use in your 15K pool?
    Borates are by no means required for a swg pool, but they can help. More importantly, what is your TA at?
    Untested as of today, just getting setup for the season, accidentally fell in and the pool was ball numbing cold for our climate here in AZ-My wife was laughing hysterically, dog too.
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Post you TA when you can take a break from the swimming For a swg TA really needs to be down in the 60-80 ppm range.
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Post you TA when you can take a break from the swimming For a swg TA really needs to be down in the 60-80 ppm range.
    thx sir, will do
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    Re: Borax and SWG

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Quote Originally Posted by Liteguy
    Quote Originally Posted by UN1017
    Sure. The pH buffering effects are particularly useful. I just borated a couple weeks ago and so far so good.
    Ah Haa. Perhaps this will help with the acid usage. I've been dumping in a gallon per week just to keep it in check. How much borax did you use in your 15K pool?
    Borates are by no means required for a swg pool, but they can help. More importantly, what is your TA at?
    TA today is 110
    Steve-Liteguy

    13K Pebble-tech Pool, ECO pump, IntelliChlor SWG, DE

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