# Thread: Help understanding test results from k-2006

1. ## Help understanding test results from k-2006

Hello! Pool very cloudy - Finally bought the good test kit - but it seems like my numbers are way off. The numbers seem so far off that you'd think I'm testing wrong - but some tests I did twice - and I think I did them correctly.

FC - 36.5
CC - 1.5
PH - 8
ALK - ?? couldn't get the test water to turn red - added 70 drops at 10ml test line
CH - 160
CYA - below 30 - (I could still see dot when filled)

Thanks!

2. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Let's see if we can help ..
FC - Use the 10 ml sample, add ONE heaping scoop of powder, mix (now pink), and count drops until clear - divide by 2. Example: 40 drops = FC of 20.
pH - Not testing accurately when FC is over 10. Ignore for now.
TA - You should be using a 25 ml water sample, two drops of #7, five drops of #8 (green), then count the #9 drops until it turns Barbie pink.
CYA - Still see the black dot means CYA (stabilizer) is too low. I would add at least 20 ppm-worth of stabilizer to see if that gets you closer to 30.
CH - We'll worry about that after the SLAM

Let us know if this helps.

3. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Thanks Pat!!

Yes, I tested the FC twice. The first time I used the 25ml line, but it wasn't clearing up after 70 drops. So I used the 10ml line, and it took 73 drops to get clear.

For the TA - I first used the 25ml line - but after 40 drops it was not turning red. So based on the directions - if I'm anticipating a high TA - I started again with the 10ml line. Then I put 70 drops in and it was still not turning red. At 70 (x25) my TA would be 1750. But it must be higher than that.

I will get some stabilizer to bring the CYA up closer to 30.

Not sure what to do about the FC and TA readings however...

4. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

How did your FC get so high? You had to add a ton of chlorine to get that high.

5. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

We are new to owning a pool. Our pool guy just kept telling us to add more chlorine. The pool store - same thing - and we kept doing it! On the test strips it was 10. But I finally bought a kit and tested in more detail today for first time.

6. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Okay, well, then I would let the sun do its thing on your FC to bring it back down to earth. Once you get your CYA adjusted to 30, your SLAM FC level is only 12, so you know it can drop that far. Might take a couple days though. If you are really curious about the FC later today, you can do a rough test by using the 5 ml line (each drop is one FC). It's not as accurate as the 10ml, but may help just so you know if you're getting close to 12 before wasting any more drops.

Not sure if the extremely high FC is skewing your TA testing, so we better wait on that one. We'll still focus on the SLAM first (CYA to 30, then FC to 12), get the water clear, then we can work on adjusting everything else later.

7. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Thanks so much for your help!!

And yes, great idea about the 5ml line. As I was testing - I was thinking - I'm going to run out of drops on my first test!!

I'll post an update asap.

thx!!

8. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Yes, that is why we recommend the TF-100 from TFTestkits.net. More of the tests you need for the money, Pool School - Test Kits Compared

9. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Good point. I should have gotten that one. Thanks.

10. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

So, don't mean to butt in, but what are you trying to do? Are you SLAMming the pool? Have you read the SLAM article? We'll help you get that pool crystal clear if you stay out of the pool store and follow that SLAM article to an absolute T. Let us know.

11. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

Yes. That is the plan. And I appreciate all the help! I promise to stay out of the pool store. And I'll follow the SLAM instructions. But I'll probably still have questions. Thanks for the help!!

12. ## Re: Help understanding test results from k-2006

This is information I used from another member when I was dealing with problems testing TA with a really high (31) FC:

The TA test is off because your FC is so high. What color was it when you added the green solution? I suspect a shade of blue, greenish blue - count the drops till you get a color change - to yellow or orangish yellow and that's your TA. Add a couple more drops of the neutralizer (the first step of the test) to see if that helps.

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