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Thread: Borates

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    I went with the borates a few weeks ago. Went by the book and pool calculator for amount of borax and acid. The water looks n feels great by the way. Only problem is my eyes are getting irritated after being in the pool for a few hours. I have the test strips but not very accurate, the color indicates somewhere over 80, maybe 100. Since it only goes up to 100 it could be higher.

    Could to high amount of borates irritate or do damage to your eyes? Should I but a better test kit?

    Edit......over 50 but closer to 80.
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    May 2013
    Deep East Texas

    Re: Borates

    I doubt it but would wait on a stronger response.
    In ground 25,000 gallon - vinyl liner - Sand filter - residential pool
    Also maintain two commercial 190,000 gallon competitive indoor bromine facilities -9x Sand filters

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    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Borates

    As noted in Are Borates Safe to Use?, boric acid is often used in eye wash solutions at 1-2% (1750 - 3500 ppm) so should not be irritating to the eye in pools.
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