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    Borates - I've got my supplies

    I've got my supplies, and I'm ready to go. I've actually been ready to go for a few days, but left town for a couple nights and had to SLAM and wait for the FC to come down. Next time, I'll ask the dog sitter to throw some bleach in.

    Today's test:

    FC -10
    CC -0
    pH - 7.8
    TA - 90
    CH - 550
    CYA - 30

    I just added 2 1/2C MA to get the pH and TA working downward and will test those again shortly.

    Should I wait for the FC and TA to come down more, which would mean this is a project for next weekend, or go for it? Does TA need to be exactly 70?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by minxcal; 03-24-2015 at 02:35 PM. Reason: Typo on CH
    17' x 30' plaster pool, Intellipro Variable Speed pump, filter that's about to be replaced, 1 skimmer and 2 returns, and that's about all I know about this pool!
    4' ledge all the way around, deep "scoop" about 9' deep - NO DIVING!

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    Re: So you want to add borates to your pool--Why and How

    If I were doing it, I would wait until it was. It's much harder to move once you add Borate.
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    Re: Borates - I've got my supplies

    I was lucky enough to work from home this week, so I spent Sunday and yesterday tuning in. Added Borates Sunday night. Everything tested pretty perfectly today and here's a before and after

    Today's test:
    FC - 7
    CC - 0
    pH - 7.5
    TA - 80
    CYA - 40
    CH - high at 550, but I'm not worrying about it this year. Pool will likely be refinished next year, and we just bough the home last August. Going to just enjoy it for now!

    Thanks for all the help, TFP!


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    17' x 30' plaster pool, Intellipro Variable Speed pump, filter that's about to be replaced, 1 skimmer and 2 returns, and that's about all I know about this pool!
    4' ledge all the way around, deep "scoop" about 9' deep - NO DIVING!

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    Re: Borates - I've got my supplies

    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Re: Borates - I've got my supplies

    Excellent work!
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