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    So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    My question is this. I need to increase the PH and TA in the pool and I would like to add borates. I just don't see increasing balancing PH and the TA, then adding adding borates and then muriatic acid and more borates to bring the PH and TA back to normal. Also the warning on the muriatic acid bottle says not to add it to any type of chlorine. So will the chlorine in the pool have a bad reaction with the muriatic acid? or could I just add the borates and then adjust the PH/TA levels as needed?
    TH 100
    PH 7.2
    TA 40
    CYA 70

    I have a 15 X 48 intex vinyl, intex SWG, sand filter. about 4000 gal water.
    15'x48" 4400 gallon Intex metal frame pool, Intex SWG, Sand filter single speed 1000 GPH, BBB method, Borates added!

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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    How did you get those test results?

    How were you planning to add borates...borax or boric acid?
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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    The warning is adding the muriatic acid and chlorine directly into contact ... once they are mixed in the bulk water of the pool, they are safe.
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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    Where are my manners

    Welcome to tfp, NHeard
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    Thanks for the welcomes. This is my second season to have a pool, I just decided to register today so that I could ask a question. I try to read and figure things out as much as possible. I love TFPs and tell lots of people about it.

    linen, I got my results from a test strip (know those or taboo but it is all I could get for now). The CYA is a guess to what it should be in a few days because I just added it 1 1/2 days ago.

    I plan on using Borax
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    15 X 48 intex vinyl, intex SWG, sand filter. about 4000 gal water.
    15'x48" 4400 gallon Intex metal frame pool, Intex SWG, Sand filter single speed 1000 GPH, BBB method, Borates added!

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