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    Water Testing Kits

    Are the water testing kits sold by Walmart as good as the TF100 kit? I really don't want to spend a lot of money if I don't have to. Any other recommendations ? Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    Short answer ... NO.

    The key to the test kits we recommend is the FAS-DPD chlorine test. This is not included in any of the kits sold by Walmart as far as I know.

    If you simply must buy a kit at Walmart, you then should order and add the FAS-DPD test ... although then you are approaching the cost of just ordering the K-2006 test kit. The link in Pool School shows why we recommend the TF-100 over the K-2006 due to the quantity of reagent and the great customer service. But, the K-2006 does include everything you would need.

    NOTE: the FAS-DPD test is NOT (I repeat NOT) the same as the DPD test you may find at Walmart.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    Thank you so much! I'll be ordering my TF100 kit tomorrow.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    Quote Originally Posted by Fields
    Thank you so much! I'll be ordering my TF100 kit tomorrow.
    You will be very happy that you did.

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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    Totally agree, get the TF100, a quality test kit is extremely important.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    The Speed Stir is a really nice option to have.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    FWIW, In 2013, we started an 18 month 100% guarantee on all the chemistry in the TF-100 and all the refills we sell.
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    I got my TF100 test kit today!! I'm so excited! I promised my husband I would wait until he gets home from work before I try it out, ugh! It's going to be a loooonnnggg night!!
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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    I have used a Taylor 2006C which is the big test kit from Taylor for around two years now. The regular 2006 is pretty much the same size as the TF-100 (but there are some small differences). My two cents for anyone new to pool testing is: help this website out and support it by purchasing a TF-100. There is no better way to support this website, which is way to valuable to lose, than to get a TF-100.

    You will NOT regret getting a QUALITY testing kit. Do a search, I do not believe you will find one bad comment about the quality of the TF 100 test kit. And now with a 18 month guarantee on the chemicals......come on, no question now as to which way to go. No more Taylors for me anymore.....

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    Re: Water Testing Kits

    Love my TF100! I gave my first one to my brother when he got my old pool in 2010 and just bought another one Thursday evening!

    If you own a pool, you should own a TF100!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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