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    Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    I have been taking care of my pool for several years now and have always done my own testing with a Taylor 2005 test kit. Recently some of the reagents ran out so a purchased a Taylor k2006 most the tests are the same except the chlorine which now uses the powder. On my old test kit my chlorine always stayed around 3 but with the new test kit it puts it at 6 and I initially tried to bring the chlorine down but it didn't change the readings at all. I have read the directions through multiple times and have watched some videos so I know I am doing the test correctly. Does anyone know how reliable the Taylor 2006 kit is?
    Ps I have been swimming in the pool and I believe if the chlorine was really that high I would be able to smell it way more.

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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    That is one of the 2 test kits we recommend and way more accurate than the DPD chlorine test in the K2005.
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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    Btw, the FC level you need to maintain is a function of your CYA level. This is the foundation of what we teach.
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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    Yup, trust the powder (FAS--DPD test). Let us know your levels and we can help if you have more questions!

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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    I am going to bookmark this as a good example of the limitations of the DPD test, it just cannot be held to the same standard as the FAS-DPD test. You really got an upgrade with the 2006. Pro tip: You can use 10 ml of water and 1 scoop of powder with the test and count each drop as 0.5 ppm. This saves reagents and is usually enough precision.

    As jblizzle said, FC and CYA are very important. Just as an example, I maintain 50 CYA and so my FC is regularly 6 but we don't smell or feel it due to the buffering effect of CYA. It is extremely nice compared to those pools we know that do not follow the FC/CYA ratio. For reference this is the chart we use: Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    Since you were off by a factor of two, the first thought that popped into my head was that you were using a 10 ml water sample but not multiplying the number of drops by 0.5 (or dividing by 2 which is the same thing), but you say you are following the instructions correctly so that then would not be the problem.
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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    I checked my chemicals today.
    Chlorine 6
    Ph 7
    Ta 30
    Cya 60
    Not sure what to do exactly it is an outdoor pool in Oregon with a triton sand filter any ideas on what I should do?

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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    Raise the TA up to 60ppm with baking soda. Keep the pH in the 7s.

    How does the water look?

    If you have read the links, you know that your FC is fine for your CYA.
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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    My water is more cloudy then I would like and every time I have put in baking soda it has just made it even more cloudy

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    Re: Is a Taylor k2006 reliable

    Well, raise the TA up like I said (use PoolMath to calculate dosages).

    Then since the water is cloudy now, that tends to point to algae problems and you likely need to follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process which according to the FC/CYA Chart will require maintaining a FC level of 24ppm.

    BTW, after the SLAM is done, with a CYA of 60ppm, you must keep the FC above 5ppm at all times.

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