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    Test kit and Options

    I just signed on my pool contract today and should break ground in a few weeks. I'd like to make sure I get the correct test kit and options to be ready. I know I will order from tftestkits.net. Just want to make sure I get everything I need. I will have a pool with a Aquapure salt cell. I also plan to add borates when I get the chemistry correct.

    Here is what I plan to get.

    - TF100 (do I need the xl)?
    - Taylor K 1776 salt test?
    - Borates test strips

    Am I missing anything? I read through pool school several times and am sure I will have more questions when I start to test my water.
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    Re: Test kit and Options

    I would recommend the XL option. The K-1766 is a good test. I would add a bottle of salt test strips as well. The speed stir is not necessary, but many people find it quite helpful.

    http://tftestkits.net/K-1766-Taylor-Salt-Test-p31.html
    http://tftestkits.net/SpeedStir-Magneti ... r-p56.html
    http://tftestkits.net/Salt-Test-Strips- ... k-p28.html

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    Re: Test kit and Options

    Go ahead and order the speedstir now. Once you use one, there's no going back.
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    Re: Test kit and Options

    James - why get both salt tests(taylor & strips)? Looks like I will add the speedstir to the list as well.
    33'x21' In-ground (23,000 gal) - 8' spa raised 18" with 8 jets | Filtration Jandy DE 60 | Sanitation Aquapure 1400 SWG | Pumps Intelliflo VS+SVRS 3.0HP & Jandy 1.5HP stealth water feature pump | Heating Jandy LRZ400 | Lighting Jandy LED Spa (1)/Pool (2) | Coping Tennessee Crab Orchard & Moss Rock | Finish pebble sheen type (riversand) Tahoe Blue

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    Re: Test kit and Options

    msujohn,

    The XL option was originally intended for folks with green pools who will use a LOT of the two most expensive reagents. However, it is also the cheapest way to get those reagents so a lot of folks order it because it saves a few bucks over reordering costs down the road.

    The speedstir, which I originally thought was pretty gimicky, turned out (for me, at least) to be a really neat tool and I would hate to have to go back to swirling the cylinders the way I did for many years. That said, it is absolutely not necessary to perform the tests but it sure makes it more pleasant.
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    Re: Test kit and Options

    Quote Originally Posted by msujohn
    James - why get both salt tests(taylor & strips)? Looks like I will add the speedstir to the list as well.
    It's probably not necessary to get both. I like to test salt multiple ways because it can be difficult to get consistent results using different tests, but the Taylor should be fine. The AquaPure will also give a reading, so that can be a second result.

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