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    Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer option?

    My pool store just started using the waterlink device this year, I have my own test kit and stirrer but I hate checking for CYA since I'm never sure if in doing it right, leaves too much room for interpretation.

    Anyhow the Waterlink was really cool, they just used a syringe to place my water sample in this disposable cylinder and it then spit out a paper with the current chemical readings, although I was surprised that it couldn't do salt levels and they still did that the old fashioned way.

    Anyhow, what is the general opinion on it an do they make an affordable consumer version? Or any other competing product at the consumer level that does the same thing + salt?

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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    If you're not comfortable with the CYA test, you could order the 50ppm test solution from TFTestkits.net Use that to tune your testing procedure and environment. Once you get comfortable with seeing the 50ppm level. Use the same testing environment to test your pool water.
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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    There are consumer electronic tests like the Lamotte Color Q, but they are not as reliable drop tests.

    Check out this thread ColorQ vs TF100 along with a boatload of others if your search "ColorQ"
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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    I trust the digital water testers at the pool store less than I trust the teenager squeezing in drops
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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I trust the digital water testers at the pool store less than I trust the teenager squeezing in drops
    That makes two of us.

    If you feel you need to work on your testing skills then get the Standard Solution pabeader mentioned, but if you aren't having algae issues then that tells me you are probably doing a decent job at it.
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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    That makes three of us!! Trust your own testing. Relying on Pool Stores is why 80% of the water chemistry issues end up on this forum.
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    Re: Pool store using Waterlink device for chemical levels - is there a consumer optio

    Just out of curiosity, how close did their readings match your readings?
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