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    All boric acid created equal?

    Thanks to this forum, I'm ready to try borates. I've been very happy using The BBB method and am now ready to kick it up a notch.

    I've decided to do boric acid instead of borax and muriatic acid, simply for ease. I found some online from cq concepts, 5 pounds for $16.

    Is all boric acid the same or do I need to go to a particular vendor?

    What is the best place to get the special test strips?

    Thanks friends
    New pool owner 3/2013 14,000 gal pebble tec, 7 ft jacuzzi with spillover into pool.
    FNS +48 DE filter, raypak2100 heater, Pentair whisper flo 1.5, Hayward pool cleaner. TF 100 test kit.

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    Jun 2012
    Howell, NJ

    Re: All boric acid created equal?

    I can't help you with the boric acid, but the best place to get the strips is
    7 year old ~13,500 gal 24' AGP with 1.5 hp Proline pump, 150 sqft Pleatco cartridge, filled with well water with pH of about 4.5.
    Wanda the Whale pool vacuum, home made heater, Taylor K-2006
    Cloudy Pool? 1) Order test kit. 2) Follow SLAM
    New to TFPC? Read Pool School a few times, then post questions. PoolMath will help with chemical additions.

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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: All boric acid created equal?

    If it is technical grade (which the cq concepts stuff looks like it is), it should work. Granules work best verses powder...I can't tell which theirs is. They don't say what the shipping is. dudadiesel has 5 lbs for 19 shipped.

    Keep in mind that you are going to need ~ 51 lbs to raise your 14000 gallon pool to 50 ppm borates. 16X11= $177 (not including shipping) at cq where at duda 55 lbs is $75 (plus shipping...which is about $30 for me).
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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