Just re-read the sticky as I'm definitely considering adding borates to my pool, but have a few questions please-
How critical is it to first adjust to your TA target? Can this be reserved for after the borates are added, or will it mess the process up if you don't? My TA is currently at 170, and it usually takes me some time to get it down to 80, and I want the algae protection now
Is it safe to assume if one has NEVER added borates to a pool that their current level is 0ppm? I'd like to do this this weekend as it looks like we'll finally get some decent weather, and no one local sells borate test strips. I can order them on line for later monitoring assuming the answer to this questions is yes. I do have salt at about 1500ppm. and only use bleach and cya (currently less than 10 but will be adding it tonight to get to 30-40).
I'll have to see if when our Walmart is going to get more in. They only have 5 boxes, and I need 16. Same deal at the hardware store, I need 5 gals of muratic acid and they only have 3 left in stock.