Just wanted to say hello and thank everyone for an excellent and informative forum.
Reasonably long-term pool owner (15 years) but only new to this forum.
After having to replace my cartridge filter tank every 5 years or so due to water leaks developing, I've recently had the plumbing re-jigged to use two pumps - a 3-speed Eco pump to drive the filtration (and dramatically reduce the load on the cartridge filter) and the existing 1.5hp pump now only powers the Vantage infloor system. Hopefully also save some money on electricity as the large pump now only runs for about 90 minutes each day.
Having done this and seeing that the water is beautifully clean after the new filter was installed, I decided that perhaps I should stop being lazy and throw away the test strips that I've been using for the last few years and look after the pool properly. After a bit of searching, I discovered this site and as a result, acquired a Taylor K-2006.
I've only used it once and discovered that the test strips haven't been entirely truthful. No surprises there. The Taylor is a remarkable test kit and very straightforward to use.
So now I'm slowly bringing up the TA from 40ppm. (The test strips were suggesting a value closer to 80ppm.)
Spring has arrived here and my wife is keen to start swimming so I'm working hard to show her that the expensive test kit is worth the money.