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    BBB Method

    Did I miss something or what, but why are we no longer using the BBB method?

    I got it from this post

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Congratulations on your up coming pool ... but, please do not buy chemicals before you need them. This is why we no longer use the BBB term. Odds are you will never need to use the borax or the baking soda. So, you may end up just having to use them in your laundry and refrigerator.

    You can certainly buy stabilizer (fill water has none) and bleach though.
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    Re: BBB Method

    BBB stands for Bleach, Baking Soda, Borax. Many of us (including me) never use any of them.

    • Bleach is to raise FC
    • Baking soda is to raise TA
    • Borax is to raise pH


    With my SWG:
    • I never add bleach
    • TA is fine and never needs to be raised
    • pH constantly rises and borax is never needed


    Why call this method by a name derived from chemicals that many never need.

    I think it should be called the "Do your own testing, understand the effects of adding chemicals, understand the CYA/FC relationship, always maintain proper FC, don't add stuff you don't understand, don't trust pool store advice, don't trust pool store testing" method, but it doesn't really have a ring to it.
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    Re: BBB Method

    Same metod, new name. TFPC - Trouble Free Pool Care.
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    Re: BBB Method

    Only the name changed from the BBB method to TFPC method. It changed because many people never need to add baking soda or borax, yet many new people were stockpiling quantities of both or dumping them in blindly thinking they were some magic pill that would instantly clear a swamp and make the pool maintenance-free.
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    Re: BBB Method

    Ok thanks for clearing it up. I thought you would never have to use Borax or Baking Soda again. I use Baking Soda every now and then to raise my TA when it gets too low.
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    Re: BBB Method

    The thing is many people are always fighting rising TA and rising pH so never or almost never have need for the Baking Soda or the Borax, and as Richard said the newbies would go out and stock up on bleach, borax and baking soda before ever testing their pool water and learning its trends.
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