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    A little help please!

    We just had to replace our Intex SWG after 2 1/2 years( was under warranty so we just got a new one for free). The water is sparkily, Water so clear you could see a needle laying on the bottom!! Confusion comes here:

    Total Hardness 200
    Total Chlorine 3
    Total Bromine 5
    Free Chlorine 2
    Ph 6.4
    Total Alkalinity 100
    CYA Under the low color!

    I did the calculator to find out what to do.....says to add 367oz. Borax and 158oz. liquid stabilizer. I want to use the 20 mule team borax and muriatic acid. From what I am reading the borax will raise ph too high...is that why I use the Ma...to conteract the rise in ph? I swear by SWG!!! We have never had so many people just marvel at the condition of our pool!

    Thanks for everyones assistance on this board! I learn the most lurking on this forum!! Gods blessings to you all!
    Our 24' x 52" deep above ground vinyl pool was professionally installed 8/2012, here in Wisconsin Dells, Wi! Holds 15,300 gals, has a sand filter and an Intex SWG.

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    Re: A little help please!

    I would highly recommend not making any adjustments based on test strips. You should get a drop based kit, ideally with the FAS-DPD.

    Why are you thinking you need to add all that borax?
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    Re: A little help please!

    The amount of borax came from the pool calculator. Is there really that much difference between the two testing methods?

    Is this the proper kit? Taylor | Test Kit | 2000 Pool Inspector, Chlorine (hi range), FAS-DPD/CYA/pH | K-2009

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    Re: A little help please!

    How are you getting these test results? Pool store test results are terribly inaccurate and aren't worth the (free) price you pay for it.

    How did you come the conclusion that you needed to add borax and MA? If this is from the pool store, you might have gotten more bad advice. Borax increases PH and nothing else and MA will bring down you PH and TA.

    Also, why do you have results for Bromine if this is chlorinated pool? Further proof that your testing is off.

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    Re: A little help please!

    The 20 Mule Team is to raise pH. Your current pH is too low. You don't need MA.
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    Re: A little help please!

    I recommend the TF-100 as the best value, but the 2nd best is the K-2006. And yes they are far superior to test strips.
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