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    The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    The wife thinks my pool chemistry-toy habits are in need of an intervention....but I just HAD to have it -



    I told her I bought it because I love her and only want the very best pool for her and the kids to swim in....apparently she would prefer I save up and buy her the sparkly tennis bracelet instead

    PS - To all my fellow testing nerds, two things - (1) it dispenses slightly more powder than two scoops from the blue spoon so it uses powder reagent a little quicker, and (2) it only fits powder bottles that are supplied by Taylor (like the one in the photo). Unfortunately it will not work with the standard bottle found in the TF-100's.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    I use the TF-100, so I can't take advantage of the dispenser, but my "tackle box" is just a bit nerdy as well. I think most of us here are when it comes to testing.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Why do you use two scoops per test? I am using one scoop only for every test..
    Should I be using two scoops?
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    1 heaping scoop is what I use for each test. More than sufficient for the 10 mL FC test. As long as you have a little undissolved R-0870 in the sample when it's mixed, that's enough.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    My advice is try it both ways and decide what you think. The 'official' instructions say 2. Most folks find that 1 heaping works fine.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Either one heaping scoop or two level scoops are appropriate
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    You have to test it for your specific testing regime. Some can get away with one big scoop, others do it with two. It is important to know this - the test works correctly when the indicator dye is over saturated relative to the chlorine. The test will be off if you don't get all of the chlorine bound to the DPD indicator.

    I have lots of powder and I test all the time so I'm not stingy with reagent.


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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Guess I need to "HEAP" up a little more then!
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Is that an ancient washing machine in the background there?
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    I just bought one...what does that make me?

    I've always felt a little odd holding that microscopic spoon
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent99 View Post
    Is that an ancient washing machine in the background there?
    It's actually a high efficiency low water use Maytag BravoXL (no agitator). Works much better than the piece of junk LG front loader that came with the house, uses less water and can wash my California king size comforter with ease. I will never buy a front loading washing machine as the MTBF rates of the rotary shafts are abysmal compared to top loaders. I have owned this machine for three (3) so far and it has never needed anything on it serviced.

    But I'm not tooting my horn or anything


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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyfulNoise View Post
    It's actually a high efficiency low water use Maytag BravoXL (no agitator). Works much better than the piece of junk LG front loader that came with the house, uses less water and can wash my California king size comforter with ease. I will never buy a front loading washing machine as the MTBF rates of the rotary shafts are abysmal compared to top loaders. I have owned this machine for three (3) so far and it has never needed anything on it serviced.

    But I'm not tooting my horn or anything


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    THAT is my dream washing machine! Oh to be able to wash the dog and cat beds in ONE cycle! Oh and our comforter with ease! LOL

    Matt I bet Mom LOVES it for all of the boy's jeans and such!

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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    THAT is my dream washing machine! Oh to be able to wash the dog and cat beds in ONE cycle! Oh and our comforter with ease! LOL

    Matt I bet Mom LOVES it for all of the boy's jeans and such!

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    Two adults + three boys = Bravo runs daily from Mon-Sat And they are not even teenagers yet!!!


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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    LOL...looked kinda old with that gold finish and a ton of buttons and such. I have a Maytag Neptune front loader. Gosh, it must be going on 14-15 years old along with its cousin gas dryer. I like Maytag but we had issues with a refrigerator that we bought right along with the washer/dryer so thumbs up on the W&D, thumbs down on the R.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent99 View Post
    LOL...looked kinda old with that gold finish and a ton of buttons and such. I have a Maytag Neptune front loader. Gosh, it must be going on 14-15 years old along with its cousin gas dryer. I like Maytag but we had issues with a refrigerator that we bought right along with the washer/dryer so thumbs up on the W&D, thumbs down on the R.
    Yeah, I can see how it looked old school. As you see from the thread, my family and washing needs are quite high so front loaders just can't do the job for me. Plus I was happy to get rid of the LG electric dryer and buy the gas fired dryer along with the top load washer. Gas is much cheaper for me.

    Good to know about the fridge!! We're probably looking at a new fridge purchase in the next couple years so I'll keep the Maytag experience in the back of my mind. Of course, if had my dreams come true, it would be a Viking or Sub-Zero fridge built in to match the cabinets....somehow dropping $15k-$20k on a fridge seems wrong to me.....


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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    I thought it was an old stereo amplifier at first glance. My wife is so annoyed by my love for chemistry. I've had to make so many apologies over the years for all of the equipment in my brewing lab. She wasn't even phased when I bought "this new awesome pool test kit" that I just had to have.
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    Re: The Pool Nerd in Me made me do it.....

    BUT I bet she LOVES the clear pool to swim in while sipping on some of your brew!!!

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