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You need to raise the TA up with baking soda to about 70 PPM. After that is mixed in we test the pH to make sure it is in the 7s. Then you need to follow the slam process.
By the way next time you're going to test take a cup outside get a sample of water and then bring it inside and do all your testing there no need to stand out by the pool.
Skimming the thread, I can't find your pool volume so I can't give you an amount of baking soda. But if you enter the correct pool volume, pH, and TA, the pool math number is safe to trust.Okay, so let me get thsi straight, sometimes you gotta write it in crayon for me to get it...
The first thing I want to do is raise the TA by adding approximately 282 ounces of baking soda. Correct?
Then I want to raise the PH by pointing my return nozzles up. Correct?
Skimming the thread, I can't find your pool volume so I can't give you an amount of baking soda. But if you enter the correct pool volume, pH, and TA, the pool math number is safe to trust.
PH/TA are closely related, and adding Borax, Baking Soda, or Soda Ash will raise both numbers. Your pH is likely under 7, since the test is not accurate in that range.
Borax raises pH without raising TA as much. The common brand is "20 mule team", and is available in the laundry aisle.
Baking soda will raise TA without raising pH as much as Borax.
Soda ash will raise both TA and pH. This is also available in the laundry aisle.
Aeration will raise pH without affecting TA much.
Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals
Pool math will give you volumes of all 3 chemicals. I hope that didn't over-complicate. You are on the right track with baking soda + aeration.
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You can do both at the same time.
The only two things you should not add at the same time is muratic acid and chlorine/bleach. They do not play well together. Everything else plays well together.
The general rule of thumb is to not add chemicals into the skimmer. Premix backing soda and borax with water before adding to the pool. Pour the premix solution into the pool. Your pump needs to be running and ok to use recirculate if you are having issues with your filter.
Pool School has details on how each type of chem should be added: Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals