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Thread: raised pH, but should have lowered it, now what?

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    raised pH, but should have lowered it, now what?

    pH was high, but I entered it wrong into the pool calculator. pH was 8.2, was trying to get it down to around 7.8. Ended up adding about 20oz of Borax. Should I wait to tomorrow to lower, or go ahead and add some dry acid?
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    Keith

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    Re: raised pH, but should have lowered it, now what?

    most here recommend Muriatic acid. It's much cheaper and not hard to handle. In general you want to wait 30 min's between chemicals but I wouldn't wait until tomorrow if you have daylight.

    what does the pH read now?
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    Re: raised pH, but should have lowered it, now what?

    It's dark now, will have to wait till tomorrow AM.
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    Keith

    Intex 15' x 48" AGP (5300 gallons)
    Intex 2,100-Gallon Sand Filter Pump
    Central Mo

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    Re: raised pH, but should have lowered it, now what?

    At least it's an easy fix!

    Think of the grief if you added too much CYA or Calcium Increaser!!
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