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    Illupo's Avatar
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    Jul 2016

    Fabulous Forum!

    I am 2 weeks new to this forum and am AMAZED at all the great info, helpful hints and PROFESSIONAL advice you all have to offer. Like many, I have been struggling to balance PH, keep chlorine up and the water clear. The "professionals" at the pool stores leave me more confused every time that I go in and always want to sell me something. I have the 4 way test kit but the PH test does not look like any of the colors on the tester...kind of a light amber! Attempting to get a clearer picture I took a sample in again to have a "professional" do it. I was told it looks "GREAT!". What??? I specifically asked about CYA as I have just discovered the chlorine/cya connection. Again, it was "great". (in the range I think is the term he used) After both a drop test AND a strip test, I can't get a specific number on the test results so that I can fix what is wrong?

    HOW DOES THIS HELP ME???? He said my phosphates were 500, "way too high" and wanted to sell me a $34.00 quart of remover. I passed.

    Thanks to all of you, I now realize that I need a decent testing kit and learn how to accurately test my pool, MYSELF! I've decided on the TF 100, based on the fact that everyone here can quote specific numbers when they discuss pool performance. My question is the battery operated stirrer really necessary for an additional $35.00?

    This won't be my last question I am sure but I feel like I now know where to get the right answers!!!
    Inground 1800 gallon gunite spa/pool, installed mid 1980s.
    Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 4 cartridge filter Model CCP 240
    Pac Fab Challenger (High head, High flow) 1 1/2 HP pump
    One Jandy valve controlling automatic chlorinator

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    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Fabulous Forum!

    Great testimonial and nice to hear. As for the Speed Stir ... YES! If you love your test kit now, JUST WAIT! Mix like a pro without the hassle. Have a nice evening.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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    Glendora, Ca

    Re: Fabulous Forum!

    Yes the SpeedStir is well worth it, even if just for the amusement! But on a serious note just imagine having to put one drop and then shake to stir then another drop shake to stir so on and so forth 25 or even more times! Some of these tests can take a lot of drops and stopping to rattle that measuring tube looking for a color change could get tedious. Anyway if you buy the kit alone you aren't over $100 so you end up having to pay for shipping which puts you close to the amount you would have paid for the kit with the SpeedStir added. Also if you do decide to add the SpeedStir do it from the "details" drop down on the kit page because it gives you a bit of a discount. Mine was $105 (SpeedStir added) with free priority mail to my door in 3 days. Hope this helps.

    type "SpeedStir" in the search option and see what people say about it. It really is a must.
    29k IG white plaster built in 1975. CHD/Purex stainless steel DE filter. 1.5 hp A.O. Smith pump. Reborn Pentair SAm color wheel light. TF-100 kit. Taylor SpeedStir for my personal entertainment.

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    Re: Fabulous Forum!

    Speedstir for sure!
    Inground 22k gallon gunite 15x31 main pool, 15x7 wading pool/sunning deck, hot tub/with overflow (9' octagon with limestone top) & slide NSWG, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen
    Filter dual cartridge Sta-rite 450sq/ft, TF-100 Test Kit
    Heater Raypak 2100 400k btu cupro-nickel exchanger
    Auto pool cover, Polaris 280 auto pool cleaner, Jandy AqualinkRS8 Remote Control System

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    Lakeland, FL

    Re: Fabulous Forum!

    Lucky you found this place prior to the phosphate remover. I got duped and didn't find TFP until after. They've saved me lots of money, which I chose to donate back to them for the amazing advice and hassle they've saved me. It's a small drop in the bucket compared to what a pool store would charge me and it goes towards Starving Moderators I'm told.

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    Last edited by Tonka Tuff; 07-11-2016 at 04:41 PM. Reason: I forgot the occossional vowel, Y
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    IG 18,000 gal plaster
    Hayward Swim Clear Cartridge Filter
    Hayward Swimpure Extreme swcg
    A.O. 1HP motor

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    Houston tx

    Re: Fabulous Forum!

    +1 on the SpeedStir!
    No longer living vicariously through other people's pool builds. Pool build is complete on my IG SWCG pool, approx 10,000 gallons. All Jandy equipment - VS 1.5 hp pump, 580 cartridge filter, AquaPure 1400 salt cell, AquaLink PDA system. Dolphin m500. PebbleSheen Blue Surf with shells and beads added. TF-100 w/ SpeedStir. A Houston Pool Build Inside the Loop

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