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    Does R-0013 expire?

    Hi everyone-
    I usually test my own water, but just for grins I took a sample to my local pool store and they used their "electronic analysis machine" to test it. The CYA reading from their test came back at "19," however when I've been checking on my own (about once a month) with the R-0013, it shows my CYA level is at about 60. Is it possible that my R-0013 is old/expired ? (I've had it for about two years -stored in a tight container in a cool, no- sun location). Or does their fancy machine need recalibrating?
    Just wondering if anyone has had experience with pool-store water testing.
    In addition, their ALK test for my water came out as 49, but I'm getting a consistent personal reading of 100 (using Taylor 07/08/09 reagents).
    Thanks!
    Travis.
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    Re: Does R-0013 expire?

    Or does their fancy machine need recalibrating?
    A principle of BBB is to trust your own testing...ALWAYS. The R-0013 is inert so, given proper care lasts a long time.

    That said, your stuff is getting pretty old if the kit is from 2009 so don't be penny wise and pound foolish.
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    Re: Does R-0013 expire?

    ok,, Great. Thanks! Pretty much what I was thinking.
    Travis.
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    Re: Does R-0013 expire?

    Pool stores are notorious for getting the CYA wrong. pH is about the only thing you can have a little faith in from them.
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