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    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    I have the Taylor K-2006 test kit and I am wondering if anyone has any tips for reading the pH? The color variations on the vial are so similar it is hard to tell the difference between them. Is it easier to read in sunlight? Against a white background? Any tips would be appreciated.
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    about one inch from a white background. Bright light is best, sunlight if possible.
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    Thanks, I will have to try that. I have been testing the water in the house so I can have the counter available. I guess when I get to the pH test, I will take it outside. Thanks again!
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    The color seems easier to discern with my blue pool water in the background.

    But I think I'm color blind.
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    A couple things:

    1) White background. I have some cheap plastic patio chairs that work good for that.

    2) I hold the tester at arm's length. Sometimes I squint a little, so it all gets blurry, and the numbers aren't legible. For some reason, it helps. I can tell if it's closer to 7.2 or 7.5 that way - good to .1.
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    Don't look at the yellow OTO test first; it will change your perception of orange hues. Read pH first.
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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    Remember also your looking for color/hue not intensity/saturation

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    Re: Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

    It seems easier when I compare one color block at a time. Pick three adjacent color blocks that look close and cover the top and bottoms one with your fingers (I make a "V" with my index and middle fingers and use them to make a slot). Look at the middle color block and see if the sample matches it. Move your fingers up and down the color blocks until you find the matching shade.
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