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    how much do you pay for borax?

    i need to pick up some borax and im getting some random stuff from amazon tonight and i see they have it for $11 for a 76 oz box. i havent had to buy it yet (my ph is slowly dropping, but not low yet, so i need to get some this week) and i havent gotten around to looking at what the price is at places like walmart. nowhere online has prices, they say only available in store. just wondered what the going rate is for a box of this stuff.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    Most people don't need borax (or baking soda for that matter) unless they are using trichlor pucks or dichlor to chlorinate.

    What is your ph and TA?

    Usually you can get that box at walmart for quite a bit less than that.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    really? i though thats what the whole BBB method was based on, bleach borax and baking soda?

    my ph is 7.2 currently but slowly dropping from 7.6 over the past 11 days. i just filled my pool on the 1st and i am using pucks at the moment plus a little bleach to keep my pool between 2-3.

    TA was 130 last i checked a couple of days ago.

    i have a whole thread about it incase you are wondering why im doing it that way. its long and i seem pretty dim witted in it. but basically i was advised just to use 7 pucks and then stop and switch to bleach strictly so i would have enough cya. and add a little bleach as needed to get up to 3. ive used 3 pucks so far, so only 4 more to go.

    heres a link if you feel like looking and are mystified why im doing it this goofy way.
    pool-is-up-but-test-kit-isnt-here-yet-what-to-do-t64815.html

    and yea i figured borax would be cheaper at the store. amazon tends to have good prices on everything except stuff like that. just wanted to double check and maybe save myself a trip to the store if it was the same price.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    Once you are done using the pucks, then it is likely your ph will start going back up, so I wouldn't invest much money in Borax for now.

    Most BBB method users use two chemicals (well three if you include cya, but that is really just used at the begining): Bleach and Muriatic Acid...but of course there are exceptions.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    I thought Borax was like $3. a box at Wal_Mart. I cant find a price as they don't sell online or ship it online
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    Here in CA...Walmart and Target have the best price. ~$3.36/76 oz box
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Once you are done using the pucks, then it is likely your ph will start going back up, so I wouldn't invest much money in Borax for now.

    Most BBB method users use two chemicals (well three if you include cya, but that is really just used at the begining): Bleach and Muriatic Acid...but of course there are exceptions.
    ok, i wont worry about too much for now then. now if i do need to use it in the future...do i just dump the amount according to the calculator in front of the return jet? or do i hang it in a nylon or something? figured i would ask now so i dont have to start a new thread later just for it lol.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    and thanks to the 2 above who gave prices. i did a google search and all i could find were old answers and nothing about the size of the box. $3 was what they said too. wasnt sure if that was a tiny box though.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    Borax is best added by pre-dissolving it in a bucket of water and then pouring that slowly in front of a return with the pump running.

    With a PVC pool, do not "dump" any dry chemicals into the pool. I can damage or destroy a liner (the voice of experience). Also, adding the to the skimmer is almost never a good idea.

    Pools school lists how to add chemicals... or do a quick search here at TFP.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    nope... Borax mainly comes in the 76 oz box for what i remembered to be $3.28 and someone mentioned this year's prices $3.36.

    Funny thing.. they live very close to me. never met.
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    Re: how much do you pay for borax?

    yea i didnt think dumpng the borax straight in would be a good idea. thats why i thought to ask. didnt think about dissolving it first, duh lol. thanks for your help.
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