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Thread: Switching to having borates.....

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    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    NW MO

    Switching to having borates.....

    You all have me intrigued with the borates in the pool. I have a few questions though.

    We are going out of town soon and I was thinking of getting it going before we leave, however I cannot find a borate test kit/strips anywhere - not even when I do a google search for them. I can find the wholesaler, but not a retailer. Even if I did, I am not sure I would get them before we leave town. Where do you buy them from?

    My TA has been running 170. I think that is a little high, but I don't have the time to use the muriatic acid/aeration trick to lower the TA right away. How big a deal would it be to add the borate/muriatic acid combination and then worry about lowering the TA later?

    We have a relatively short swimming season - at least at the temperatures I am comfortable with. We are usually done in early September - if we get any swimming in then. We do have to winterize and drain a bunch of water. Since it is so late in our season, would we be better off to wait until spring opening and add the borates?

    24ft AGP 52in deep ~13,500 gal
    Hayward Sand Filter 250 lbs
    1.5 HP pump

    425 gal stand alone QCA Hot Tub 15-20 yrs old

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Switching to having borates.....

    IMHO, I would wait. When you open in the spring, tackle the TA then the borates. The fresh water replacement will throw everything off anyway, if you do it now.
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    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    Re: Switching to having borates.....

    You can get the LaMotte borate strips from

    They have good prices and ship fast.

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