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Thread: What is wrong with test strips?

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    What is wrong with test strips?

    I am new to this forum and I am very interested and like seeing the responses on other threads. There is good info here but I was just wondering why does everyone on this forum turn their heads to test strips and why are they inaccurate? I just purchased HTH 6 way test kit from Walmart but also have test strips. What is recommended to use? Thank you.
    -J E F F-
    Intex 14' round 48" deep above ground pool
    HTH 6 way test kit
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter 1600g/hr
    I live in southwest Missouri

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    Richard320's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: What is wrong with test strips?

    You'll find my answer in This thread. And some other peoples' experiences.
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    May 2009
    Pomeroy, Iowa

    Re: What is wrong with test strips?

    Welcome to TFP Jeff. Yes, there is very good info here, as I also found out back in '09. My experience is this with test strips: I found them very hard to differentiate the different levels of color, plus, especially when it comes to problem solving with water balance issues, I have found them to be horribly inaccurate, much like many others experience with "Pool Store" water tests (I haven't ever taken mine to a Pool Store for testing). I saw the light when having my problems of turning a swamp, & ordered a TF100 test kit available through links on this site. It's the best bang for the buck, & you can be in confidence that your own testing will be the most reliable.
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