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    Salt Reading

    My SWG reads 2800, but a pool tech with a salt pen the other week told me his read 3400. I realize that both are calibrated units, but which one to trust, and how to get an actual correct reading? Thanks
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    Re: Salt Reading

    not familiar with the salt pen, but even the Taylor salt test is +/- 200ppm and its considered the most accurate. honestly if your SWCG is happy and generating FC I wouldn't worry about it. if you are getting a high or low warning on your SWCG then need to investigate. the Taylor drop test for salt is the best one available. about $25 I think
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    Re: Salt Reading

    Thank you! It is happy - and I am not getting corrosion. I will look into the Taylor test.
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    Re: Salt Reading

    Yeah, as long as your swg is happy, then its really irrelevent as to what the level is.
    I have the Taylor K1766 and its a very handy test kit to have.
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    Re: Salt Reading

    Dave, is the Taylor test kit the same technology that gets used when I take my water sample into the pool store?
    16x38 - Approx 27,000 Gal, IG, Vinyl liner, Sand filter
    Hayward 3/4hp SP2605X7A, Hayward Variflow XL / S-244T
    Hayward Aqua Rite XL SWG / Aqua Solar w/ GVA-24
    Hayward H-350
    City water with Septic

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    Re: Salt Reading

    The pool store that convinced me to find this place used test strips and some sort of scanner which I assume was connected to a computer.

    The mentioned Taylor K1766 test is a drop test for salt only, so it's not what is usually referred to as a "test kit" around here. (It's very useful to find your approximate salt concentration, though)

    A test kit, e.g the TF-100, allows you to monitor several important parameters including free chlorine (FC), combined chlorine (CC), pH and cyanuric acid (CYA).
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    Re: Salt Reading

    Dave, is the Taylor test kit the same technology that gets used when I take my water sample into the pool store?
    Hard to say because we don't know what they use.
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