Just did my first pool opening and the previous owner left behind plenty of stuff to help me maintain the pool. I've read (online, in manuals, and a pit in Pool School) about maintaining chemistry and what needs to be at what values, but my complaint is that I'm somehow completely unable to match the **** colors. I have tried the test strips and moving them down a range of colors, but I end up with "Well, it could be that... or it could be that other one way down there". The same goes for the reagents - I'm somehow incapable of it and I'm not color blind.
With that in mind, I picked up the AquaTest from Leslie's. It's a complete POS. I wish I came here and read some of the reviews first. The values are all over the place from one test to another, and don't match what the pool store down the street shows what-so-ever. It says my FAC was too high to read and the manual said to dilute the water or something, but the pool store said I was at a .5, which was obviously way too low.
I was going to try out the ePool for $199, but in doing a little homework I found TFP and read the user reviews on that, and apparently it's **** as well. Everyone seems to like the TF-100 Test Kit here so I looked at that, but apparently it's more color matching!!! In 2012 is there really no easy "Here's what's in your pool" readout? I don't trust my strip reading, my color test reading, or the worthless devices I'm purchasing and there's a 9 year old boy really looking to have fun in his first pool.
Am I alone in my frustration?