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    Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    After review of site, I've decided to purchase the TF-100 test kit. Don't know what options to order.

    New pool owner. Have plaster pool with SWG.

    Speedstir - Worth purchasing? Given limited posts I've seen - I would assume "Yes".
    Borates test strips - I have no clue. I know nothing about Borates at this time. I would assume no, and can order down the road if need be?
    Have SWG. So, go with "Salt test strips" OR "K-1776 Salt test". Supposedly strips easier/ quicker. K-1776 more precise. Which option better?
    XL option - No

    Thanks in advance for the help.
    Chad

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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    Speedstir is really very, very nice especially since you have a plaster pool and CH is important!
    I kiss my speedstir after each CH test is finished because I remember testing without it! :P

    Can't answer about the salt strip vs. K-1776 test.

    Borates are optional. As you said, you could make that decision down the road if you wish.

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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    The strips are adequate for most people. However, many like the extra precision and extra tests you get with the drops based. It's hard to say which one is best.....it's more like which one suits your needs.
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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    Just get the salt test strips this year. The more precise salt test is worth it when you are having problems with an older SWG. But it sounds like yours is new this year, so the extra precision isn't worth it.
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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    Thanks for the help.

    I'll go with the Speedstir and Saltstrips. We have a new IC-20.

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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    You won't be sorry with either of those choices. If you ever feel that you wasted your money just do the CH test once without it!
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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    +1 to the Speedstir. It is outstandingly convenient.

    And yes, the calcium hardness test would be a huge pain in the booty without it.

    Get the borates too. I added borax to my pool on a whim and the water feels amazing. But now I have no idea how much I have in there. ^_^
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    Re: Ordering TF-100 Test Kit. Suggested options?

    Ordered tonight. Thanks again for the help.

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