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    Borate Testing

    How are you guys testing your borates? I'm using the LaMotte test strips, but having trouble getting an accurate color reading on the color chart. The chart jumps from 15 to 30 to 50 to 80.

    Questions:
    1) Is there another method of testing?

    2) My test strips expired 3/14. Should I put some on order?

    Thanks, John
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    Re: Borate Testing

    Same as you ... Bloody things are difficult.

    Probably time to reorder
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    Re: Borate Testing

    There aren't any affordable alternatives that are easier to use. Some of the alternatives are actually much harder to read, if you can imagine that. Fortunately, the borate level isn't something you need to hit spot on, +-20 is generally fine.
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    Re: Borate Testing

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    There aren't any affordable alternatives that are easier to use. Some of the alternatives are actually much harder to read, if you can imagine that. Fortunately, the borate level isn't something you need to hit spot on, +-20 is generally fine.
    Jason, they expire 3/14. Do you think I need to order a new bottle?
    Thanks, John
    14,000 gallon IG DiamondBrite pool with 2 ea. waterfalls and slide, Hayward Tristar 2.0 HP 2-speed pump, Hayward 3/4 HP waterfeature booster pump, Hayward 48sf DE filter, Hayward PS4 wireless controller, 1 skimmer and 4 returns, Polaris 280 pressure cleaner w/booster pump, 7 x 7 spa w/6 jets, TF-100 Test Kit w/speed stir

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    Re: Borate Testing

    Yes, get a new bottle.
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