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    Just received my test kit today!!

    I have been waiting at the door for my test kit like a dog on his owner. Finally it has arrived, the Taylor 2006. I have never used a test kit before or taken care of a pool. I have a couple of questions.

    1) It is raining here today, should I wait till it stops?
    2) What about water temperature? Should I take a sample and bring it indoors to warm it up?
    3) I have cleaned out allot of the leaves but I haven't been able to run my filter due to the pump being inop. Should I wait to test until I run my filter?

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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    No real point in testing the water until you can have it circulating, because you need it circulating to add any chemicals.

    EDIT: Let me add a little.

    1) Pool maintenance does not stop because it is raining, there is no problem testing and adding chemicals in the rain. Just get you water sample from deeper in the pool.

    2) What is the water temp? Really the only test affected by the temp is the CYA which should be at least room temp. The other tests, pH especially, you want to do right away as the value can change if you wait.

    3) The water needs to be mixed to get a good test, so I would wait. Just get as much gunk out as you can.

    If you want to test something, you can test your fill water for pH, TA, and CH. There might be some FC or CC in it depending on the source. No need to test CYA as it is zero.
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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    It's actually a really good idea to test your fill water. Not only do you get to know what your fill water looks like chemically, but you also get practice at using the test kit.
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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    Curious about the CYA at room temp comment. My pool is at 65 degrees... should I bring it in the house and wait until it reaches like 75? Does waiting effect the test (since you're only supposed to mix for only 30 seconds)? Or bring it in, warm it up, then add the reagent? I just replaced 30% of my water because of CYA of 70 (but that was cold water), now it's 50, also cold.
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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    I think ideally you want it at/above 70 degrees. Here is more info on the test:
    extended-test-kit-directions-t25081.html#p206397

    Being close to 70 should be fine. I usually shake it and let it sit while I do other test and then shake again and test it. I usually wait much longer than 30 seconds, but now you have me wondering if that affects the test.
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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    How does the water temp affect the CYA readings?
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    Re: Just received my test kit today!!

    This is the info I deciphered through a search of the site:

    Cold water can result in a false low reading on the CYA test ... why? I have no idea

    Letting it warm and sit for a few minutes (instead of just 30 seconds) should apparently help.

    confused-by-cya-test-results-t55199.html#p453586
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