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    Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Looking for anecdotal responses on the best solution to lower PH. KemTek product at Home Depot - both its liquid chlorine and muriatic acid - products are receiving horrible reviews.

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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    I use Transchem brand. 31.45% full strength Muriatic Acid

    Any brand is ok as long as its full strength. I didnt look up the KemTek product online to get more info. Im too lazy I guess to do it.

    There are a lot of "green" products out these days, and generally, they do not work well.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    See if there's any dealers near you. Besides 12.5% bleach, they sell 31.45% acid in returnable jugs. http://www.hasapool.com/dealer_locator_hasa.php
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by asusundevil View Post
    Looking for anecdotal responses on the best solution to lower PH. KemTek product at Home Depot - both its liquid chlorine and muriatic acid - products are receiving horrible reviews.

    Thank you!
    I haven't had any trouble with KemTek, except they're purchased the rights to Clorox and raise prices. Yesterday I couldn't find KemTek muriatic acid at Lowe's, only Clorox. The new more expensive bottle even has the same "123 easy" steps stuff. It claims to be 31% and certainly fumes like it. I got a tiny whiff last night and it felt like I'd inhaled an entire pickle.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    KemTek from Home Depot shows the following:

    14.5% hydrogen chloride
    85% other ingredients

    Is it safe to say that this product is a scam?
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    The acid from Leslies is actually a pretty good deal and full strength (31%)

    I think KemTek used to sell the 31% at HD and Lowes, but in the last few years switched to the weaker stuff for the same price.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Hmm, I've got a Leslie's 1 mile down the street and will give them a try this afternoon. Thanks for the heads up. I'm having a heck of a time getting my PH down.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    The acid from Leslies is actually a pretty good deal and full strength (31%)

    I think KemTek used to sell the 31% at HD and Lowes, but in the last few years switched to the weaker stuff for the same price.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    The Hasa link that Richard provided might be an even better deal ... especially for liquid chlorine too. This is listed in Chandler:
    L. Grilz Pool Service & Supply, Inc.
    992 West Ray Road, Chandler, AZ 85225 US
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Richard,

    I've never heard of this operation. They have a location 2 miles from my home. What is your experience with their product line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    See if there's any dealers near you. Besides 12.5% bleach, they sell 31.45% acid in returnable jugs. http://www.hasapool.com/dealer_locator_hasa.php
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Buying in bulk is a far better deal than anything else you will find. There is only one location in Tucson and it is on the opposite side of town ... of course now I have a SWG, so don't need the bleach.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by asusundevil View Post
    Richard,

    I've never heard of this operation. They have a location 2 miles from my home. What is your experience with their product line?
    I've been buying the bleach and acid from my local dealer for more than a year.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    I've found acid at Menard's for a fair price.... even better when I can use rebate rewards to purchase it!
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    We don't have Menards ... as much as I wish we did
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    I understand that buying liquid chlorine in bulk is risky because its concentration dissipates in storage. Is this a similar risk with acid?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Buying in bulk is a far better deal than anything else you will find. There is only one location in Tucson and it is on the opposite side of town ... of course now I have a SWG, so don't need the bleach.
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    Re: Muriatic Acid Recommendations

    No. Acid is very stable, and very tolerant of temp changes.
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