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    Best test kit ?

    Can an experienced person advise whether to get the taylor K - 2005 or the TF - 100 Kit? Not sure from product descriptions if either will test for CYA ? thanks
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    Re: Best test kit ?

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    Can an experienced person advise whether to get the taylor K - 2005 or the TF - 100 Kit? Not sure from product descriptions if either will test for CYA ? thanks
    TF-100 hands down + speedstir
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    TF 100 + speedstir will test for CYA ?
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    The Taylor kit you want is a K-2006, not a K-2005.

    The TF-100 is a special/custom kit made by TFTestKits.net that uses the same reagents as the K-2006 but packages them in different quantities so you get more of the reagents you use the most.

    Both the K-2006 and TF-100 can test for CYA.

    If you have algae issues and need to SLAM a pool, then you want to get the Taylor K-2006C ("C" is for commercial grade, all reagents come in 2oz bottle sizes) or the TF-100 with XL option.

    A SpeedStir makes testing convenient and easy as it frees you hands up from having to swirl test tubes.
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    I use the TF-100. More here, Pool School - Test Kits Compared
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 63john View Post
    TF 100 + speedstir will test for CYA ?
    among many other things and it's the best value. K2005 has limitations besides CYA which will force you to buy extra tests ending up with mix of tests you need to carry around. I prefer things to be in 1 box. I went with different kit at the beginning (K2006) and while great TF100 beats it in the long run.
    44k plaster pool, Pentair 011018 pump, DE6020 filter, LED lights, K2006 test kit

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    thanks Walmart (online) has a special mark down from $ 59.99 to 46.49 (no store pickup free shipping) on the K 2005 so just wondered.
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 63john View Post
    thanks Walmart (online) has a special mark down from $ 59.99 to 46.49 (no store pickup free shipping) on the K 2005 so just wondered.
    I wouldn't go with it due to its limitations but it's your call.
    44k plaster pool, Pentair 011018 pump, DE6020 filter, LED lights, K2006 test kit

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    Get the speed stir too, you won't regret it
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    Also remember these pool test kits are sensitive to storage conditions and have a limited shelf life (24 months from date of production), do you trust Wal-Mart to have fresh kits stored in climate controlled locations?
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    The K-2005 does not have FAS-DPD chlorine testing, so it's not a good choice for TFPC. K-2006 has FAS-DPD but people recommend the TF100 the most
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    Combine speedstir with the sampler sizer TFTestkits.net
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    Re: Best test kit ?

    This time of year I would expect Wally World to have fresh chemicals on the shelf they want to get rid of before fall. So a good price on an INCOMPLETE test kit. Just saying...
    16X32 AB, Pentair SD filter, 3/4hp Pentair Optiflo, CircuPool RJ30+ swg, TF 100

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    I, as others, cannot live without my speed stirrer (well I could but for only a short time). The TF-100 kit is great and has fantastic support.


    What I got - 14,000 gallon, above ground, plaster, Jandy 60sqft DE filter, Jandy variable speed e-Pump, Built 4/2016, Spa, Polaris 280 pool cleaner w/ dedicated pump, Jandy 400k BTU heater, wireless, sheer descents (5) & waterfall from spa to pool

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    Re: Best test kit ?

    TF-100 for sure, and include the speedstir, you won't regret it. Best customer support by far too.
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