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Thread: Any methods to conserve drop tests?

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    Question Any methods to conserve drop tests?

    Since this is a semi-lifetime hobby, one would /should try to find ways to conserve with the testings. I have an HTH 6-way drop test kit, and i was wondering... If im to fill the container 5 "squares" high and then add 5 drops, couldnt I fill to say, 3 drops high and add 3 drops and get the same result? Or better yet, if I needed to test for a higher chlorine sample, couldnt I fill it up to the 4th square and then add only 2 drops, get the reading and double the tested value? Example -- if it read "3" i would call it a "6" since i put only half the requried amount?
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    Re: Any methods to conserve drop tests?

    ... It's about 0.4 cents per drop of reagent. Less than one cent. Most people won't pick up a penny on the sidewalk, much less half of one.
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    Re: Any methods to conserve drop tests?

    Altering tests like that usually ends up being penny wise and dollar foolish. While some test MAY work out like that, sometime there are things not seen going on - like a chlorine neutralizer being in the solution. You don't know its there and working, but it is. If you reduce the drops yo may mess the test up.

    It is always better to just follow the directions of the test being used.
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