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    Newb here, TF-100?

    Hello all,
    I spent all day yesterday and today going over the Pool School. I am looking to open my pool this weekend(this is my first time ever), and see that testing the water is a must, so I wanted to get a good kit. I see that the TF-100 is highly recommended. Is their anything else that is recommended over and above this kit?

    I see they have add-ons for an XL-kit, and a magnetic stirrer, are either of these things needed/very helpful?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    If you have to SLAM, the XL kit can be handy.

    The stirrer makes testing easier, I would not say it's life changing, but it sure helps.
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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    I LOVE MY SPEED STIR!
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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    If you don't have a saltwater generator or plan to use borates, the TF100 is all you'll need.

    The Xl option is a wise investment, because you'll be burning through the powder pretty good until the Mad Scientist Playset loses some of its novelty, and that particular refill is virtually impossible to find locally.

    Nobody who has a speedstir regrets buying it. If you spring for one, get a couple extra stirbars either through TFtestkits or from someone on eBay. Then you can run all the tests before you have to wash dishes.

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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    If you don't have a saltwater generator or plan to use borates, the TF100 is all you'll need.

    The Xl option is a wise investment, because you'll be burning through the powder pretty good until the Mad Scientist Playset loses some of its novelty, and that particular refill is virtually impossible to find locally.

    Nobody who has a speedstir regrets buying it. If you spring for one, get a couple extra stirbars either through TFtestkits or from someone on eBay. Then you can run all the tests before you have to wash dishes.

    Don't forget, you get a discount for being a supporter. If you haven't received your discount code, follow up on that before you order.
    Can I buy just any old 1" Magnetic stirring stick? I placed the order before you replied
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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unknownhavoc View Post
    Can I buy just any old 1" Magnetic stirring stick? I placed the order before you replied
    Yeah. They're 8mm X 25 mm. Search magnetic stirbar on eBay. I got mine from some homebrewer's supply place. Three more is all you need. One for the FC/CC test. One for TA, one for the CH test which you can do in the cylinder that comes with the speedstir, and one to drop into the CYA mixing bottle, which conveniently fits on the speedstir. pH doesn't need stirring, just a couple inversions to mix it all. Run all the tests, then dump it all out and do the dishes.
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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    Awesome, thank you! Just ordered three more
    10k gallon, AG, DE - Jacuzzi Avalanche AV60, SLR9 1.5hp 2 speed pump, installed 2005, TF-100, filled with City Water.

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    Re: Newb here, TF-100?

    i also order extras because of the bad habit of tossing my finished test liquids into the grass and losing the little magnetic bean....
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