Where do I get Borate strips?

jimbo65

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Jun 29, 2010
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Where do I get Borate strips? I was in Leslies today and the guy never heard of using Borax in a pool.
 

dmanb2b

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Apr 4, 2009
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jimbo65 said:
Where do I get Borate strips? I was in Leslies today and the guy never heard of using Borax in a pool.
No need to test for borates, unless you plan on adding enough to acheive 50ppm...if so TFtestkits.net has them
 

jimbo65

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Jun 29, 2010
17
I find it hard to believe that decent test kits and borate strips are only available online. Does anyone know where these are available at brick and mortar stores?
 

dmanb2b

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Believe it...call your local pool stores and see if they carry the Taylor K2006...they usually carry the Taylor K2005, but it not the same and you'll be missing the FAS-DPD test..the K2005 has the DPD test and is NOT the same.

Leslie's is the only store that carries a repackaged Taylor K2006.

The TF100 is by far a better value and the owner of TFP (Duraleigh...aka Dave) owns TFTestkits.net...you will not find better customer service in a brick and mortar store...the same stores that give most of TFP members shady pool advice.

here is a comparison and the only kits we recommend purchasing

http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-school/pool_test_kit_comparison
 

JasonLion

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There certainly are some pool stores that carry a full range of test kits, including things like borate test strips. However, they are few and far between. None of the large chains keep these things in stock throughout the chain, though individual stores may have things that others do not.