I tend to get long winded, so I apologize for rambling in advance . Opened my pool day before yesterday and tested, started SLAM. Initial test pH was 7.2, FC 1.4, CC 0, TA 30, CH 30, CYA 30, borates <15, salt 1400. Had 4 bags of salt from last year, threw that all in and brushed thoroughly. Kept slamming. I knew I wanted my borates up and that that would help with my pH and TA also. I saw that I had two gallons of MA on the garage shelf from last year, so I went to the store and bought 11 boxes of borax last night on my way home from work. I tossed in all of the borax, and headed to the garage for that MA I still had. One bottle was completely empty and the other had only 71 oz in it. My heart sank because I knew Lowe’s and Home Depot were already closed. My FC had already dropped (I worked all day, 12 hour shifts) to 5.2, so I tested my pH after adding the 71oz MA and it was of course BRIGHT pink, >8.0. I didn’t add any more chlorine so that I can accurately get my pH back right, but here I am, back at work, but I do get off at 3pm today and plan on heading straight to get MA in my pool. SO.... my question is, how fast does scaling happen with super high pH? Have I done serious damage? And what is the hack to reduce my pool water test to get an accurate pH reading before adding the MA? I remember reading to use distilled water to dilute? Thank you very much!!!
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