Hi, everybody... I'm new to the forum, and this is my first post (aahh, already making progress).
So, let's get it out of the way, I'm a bit of a bonehead, and as such, made a pretty bonehead move. You may razz me about it at your convenience.
I was going out of town for two weeks, and thought I was close to getting my pool chemistry where it needed to be. With my readings, the Pool Calculator stated I need to add 12(!) 76oz. boxes of Borax to raise my pH from 6.1 to 7.5. "No problem," I thought. "I'll just add that to the pool, and go on my merry way."
While on the road, my wife reported that the pool looked "a little cloudy." I told her to just add a jug of Chlorine to the pool, and would take care of it when I got back.
Upon return, I found that the Borax has not gone into solution in the pool. There is a fine white dust everywhere in the water, and the pool is still cloudy.
I've been running the pump 24/7 for the last 4 days, with the aerators pointed upward, and the pool vacuum (Zodiac MX-3) running constantly. To my neighbors' chagrin, I have backwashed the pool filter 3 times, and it is regurgitating the pool water which leaves massive amounts of white residue on the street. Violence against me may soon ensue (kidding).
Help! Anybody have any ideas??
My current readings:
Alkalinity: 200 (!)
CyA: 0 (yeah... I have some liquid conditioner on order, as I refuse to pay Leslie's $42/gallon)
Sincere thanks, everyone.