Hello All, I have been lurking for a month now and I very much appreciate the site, science, and all the tips. I moved from northern CA to western AZ and of course we have a pool again. I'm told that a pool is more of a challenge here due to very high temps during the very long summer, and bad water to start with from Lake Havasu City, so I'm trying to get in front of it. I have my Taylor K-2006 test kit and am unable to perform the calcium hardness test. Even while trying to test my fill water. When adding the R12 it turns purple and you can see the thousands and thousands of pink "floaters" starting to settle to the bottom. I tried the Taylor instructions and added 6 drops of the titrant first but still purple, also diluted the fill water sample with an equal portion of my RO water (tested at zero Calcium hardness) and I get the same thing. I am wondering if I have a reagent problem. The Calcium Indicator Liquid (R-011L) is much "thicker" than the other reagents and when dropping it into the test tube it drops straight to the bottom and will not mix by swirling I have to put the top on and shake to get it to mix. I called Taylor and they said that there have been no other problems reported on this lot number (3125C) and that it is not uncommon for the R-011L to be thicker. The city states that our water contains .46 ppm of copper, and 6.72 ppb of lead, is this the issue?
Do I have a reagent issue, or a fill water issue? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.