I'm not sure I can believe this, but everyone seems to indicate the LaMotte test is quite accurate...
In any event, the kit showed up the other day and I tested it out - It shows 25ppm roughly.. I'm really surprised, as I have "done the borates thing" yet and I'm already half way there!!?!?!?!?
Can this be??
I did put a couple of cups of Borax in when I needed to increase my pH one day - my pool is not even 2 months old though, so how could I have built up Borate levels so quickly?!?!??!
In any event, I'm still planning to "do the borates thing" but I guess I don't need 14 boxes (or as much acid) like I thought, so that is nice..