Hi all! Long time lurker, and you've helped me a bunch without even knowing! Thanks, and thanks for having me.
I just wanted to say that I too finally broke down and bought a Taylor K-2006, and wow, what a difference. I was never sure if I was getting a good color reading on ph and alkalinity from the strips. I should have went with my gut instinct a lonnnng time ago. Using the Taylor kit my ph tested out pretty good (7.6) but my alkalinity is 260! Reds and greens on the strips so maybe I'm color blind, lol?
FC - 5.2
CC - .6
PH - 7.6
ALK - 260
CH - 290
CYA - 30
Earlier in the summer, I questioned my pool store on the low CYA reading and they told me not to add any stabilizer because I was using the pucks with stabilizer in them and it's such a problem if you get to much in the water. I've since switched to regular bleach. Do you guys think I should add stabilizer now?
All I can say to anyone contemplating buying a "real" test kit...just do it!!!
Now I have to go find my muriatic acid.