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    SpeedStir Questions

    Got my SpeedStir (and TF-100) and have started by testing my tap water. Results are on my Construction Thread as Pool is not filled yet.

    My questions here are about the SpeedStir as I can't find answer in any of the old threads.

    Should the light button also run the motor when pressed? I thought it only switched on the light. Would have liked to be able to put the light on after the swirling.

    The vials from the TF-100 kit fit the SpeedStir but are slightly smaller diameter and will twirl around when mixing. For the 10ml tests I'm concerned they will pop out of the SpeedStir so have to hold with one hand.
    The Taylor vial that came with the SpeedStir does not do this so I dedicating it to use with the CH test.

    I now have a separate vial for every test and everything fits in the case. I did have to remove some of the dividers to do this and can't store the CYA standard bottle which will only be used a few times.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Power button = Stir, no light
    Light button = Stir Plus Light

    No option for light on, no stir.

    Just use the Taylor vial if you are more comfortable. But I have no issue with the smaller TFTest vial flying away. I don't it's an issue.

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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Mine does not have a light only mode either. Since you will always be looking for changes in color which will happen during swirling, it makes sense to not have them separate.

    Am I the only one that uses the same vial (the one that came with the SpeedStir) for every test? I give it a thorough rinse with tap water after each test then rinse with pool water before the next test. I'll wash it with soap every couple weeks if it starts looking dingy.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    The light button spins the sample and turns on the light. Why would you want the light on with swirling stopped? The only button I use is the light/spin button.

    I didn't like how the kit vials worked in the Speed Stir either. I purchased a second Taylor graduated cylinder to use as my "Chlorine Only" cylinder for use in the SpeedStir. My other Taylor graduated cylinder gets used for the CH and TA tests.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinic View Post
    Am I the only one that uses the same vial (the one that came with the SpeedStir) for every test?
    Probably not, but I think a lot of regulars on this forum are a little nuts when it comes to their pools.

    (Pool nut checking in here as I have 5 vials)
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinic View Post
    Am I the only one that uses the same vial (the one that came with the SpeedStir) for every test? I give it a thorough rinse with tap water after each test then rinse with pool water before the next test. I'll wash it with soap every couple weeks if it starts looking dingy.
    I also use the same Taylor vial for all of my tests. I rinse it in tap water and wipe the insides with a paper towel, after reading that tip from another member here. It works great. Prior to the paper towel wipe, I had to periodically remove the film with a Bleach or MA soak.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    I like to use the light on the stirrer when filling the vial so I can see the bottom of the line more clearly. I turn on the light with the bar out, fill the vial and then drop in the bar. That's one reason why it is useful to have the light on without stirring. Those of us over 50 don't have to go get our reading glasses to test.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Deb04 View Post
    I like to use the light on the stirrer when filling the vial so I can see the bottom of the line more clearly. I turn on the light with the bar out, fill the vial and then drop in the bar. That's one reason why it is useful to have the light on without stirring. Those of us over 50 don't have to go get our reading glasses to test.
    Get the sample sizer. It makes a perfect measurement Everytime in 1/5th the time.
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    I went to a pharmacy and picked up 10ml syringes. Makes it way faster and easier. I have the sample sizer also, but I find the syringe faster and very accurate.

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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Read that the Sample Sizer does not work with the TF-100 vials so I didn't order it with the testkit and SpeedStir.
    Might order it and some more Taylor vials.
    My 2016 Build 14'x19'x35' IG Gunite 15K Gal. Roman, 4'-5' deep, 6 returns, 3 sheers
    4 deck jets, 2 Pentair XF22005 Pumps, Clean&Clear 200 Cartridge Filter, Brick Coping
    2 Pentair 5g 12v LED Pool Lights, 1 Pentair 12v Globrite LED in step area, 2 Bubblers
    Inline Chlorinator - SWG later, WetEdge Mediterranean Pebble, Intermatic MultiWave
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    Re: SpeedStir Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by IrwinK View Post
    Read that the Sample Sizer does not work with the TF-100 vials so I didn't order it with the testkit and SpeedStir.
    Might order it and some more Taylor vials.
    They don't but the one that came with stirrer does so I just use that now.
    Christopher

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