I decided to bite the bullet and add borax to the pool. The pool calculator said I needed 24 - 76 oz boxes of 20 Mule Team Borax. So off to Wal-Mart I go and load up a buggy with 25 boxes (surprised they had that many). Boy, did I get some strange looks. One old guy looked at the cart and said "I'll bet you run a commercial laundry don't you?" I said "no, it's for my pool". Old guy "huh, never heard of that before, is it dirty?". There was an old lady - maybe 80 - 85 that kept looking at the cart then at me and I could tell curiosity was about to get the best of her. I passed her twice as I was picking up some other things and both times she struggled to keep from asking what they were for. Finally the third time I saw her I told her they were for my swimming pool and she just said "oh" and kind of shook her head. As I was checking out the checker asked if I was reselling them on ebay or Craig's list or were they marked with the wrong price? I said "no, I'm using them for a special project".
I put 3 gallons of HCL and 14 boxes of borax in the pool yesterday and kept the pump running over night. This morning my readings were:
I'll add the rest this afternoon or in the morning. I don't have any test strips yet, but they have been ordered and should be here by the end of the week. Hoping I'll see the same benefits others have reported.