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    are test strips equal?

    so we are just setting up an new pool and are starting to try and test the water. I have test strips that came with a chlorease salt system but i ALSO bought some other testing strips. they show almost opposite results for the ph.

    I would give more details however i dont have faith in the strips since they showed totally different results.

    So what give? thoughts? ditch that testing stripps in favor of the TF100 test and salt kits?
    want to start the season off right.

    TY for your help.

    18,000 above ground pool (27' round 52"wall)
    pro line cartridge filter
    chlorease chlorinator
    18,000g 27' x 52" AG, Proline cartridge filter, 1.5hp pump, ChlorEase CL02 chlorinator
    pool is a transplant from one location to my location and was just put up 4/5/13
    Location : Delaware its on the EAST COAST and yes its a state LOL!

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    Re: are test strips equal?

    Welcome to TFP !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by ckaminski74
    ditch that testing stripps in favor of the TF100 test and salt kits?
    YES.

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    Re: are test strips equal?

    if it was that short and fast of an answer i went ahead and ordered it. YES already
    18,000g 27' x 52" AG, Proline cartridge filter, 1.5hp pump, ChlorEase CL02 chlorinator
    pool is a transplant from one location to my location and was just put up 4/5/13
    Location : Delaware its on the EAST COAST and yes its a state LOL!

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    Re: are test strips equal?

    You have made a wise decision!!!

    Other suggestion would be to add the SpeedStir ... make the testing easier, more accurate, and more fun.

    Not sure how much reading you have done here, but be sure to read through Pool School a few times (button at the upper right of the page). That will make you more knowledgeable than most employees you find at pool stores ... and give you the ability to avoid those stores and save money if you so desire.
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    Re: are test strips equal?

    done added to order should have them all end of next week. THEN I can start dialing this pool in.

    TY for the FAST FAST responses. I did some lite reading on here so far and have learned the same about pool store employees are that they are like home store employees that they are all toilet paper salesman.
    18,000g 27' x 52" AG, Proline cartridge filter, 1.5hp pump, ChlorEase CL02 chlorinator
    pool is a transplant from one location to my location and was just put up 4/5/13
    Location : Delaware its on the EAST COAST and yes its a state LOL!

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    I must say it has been a pleasure to help such an agreeable and responsive new member
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    Re: are test strips equal?

    I must say it has been a pleasure to help such an agreeable and responsive new member


    I'll second that!

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    YES---they are equally WORTHLESS!
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    Re: are test strips equal?

    Welcome!

    You will be in complete control of that pool in no time.
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    Re: are test strips equal?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    YES---they are equally WORTHLESS!
    **** you! I was going to post this!
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    Re: are test strips equal?

    have to say its good to get helpful people and not flames for a noob. I got the test kit on way should be here end of next week. THEN ill get real results and then be able to ask a informed question about what to do.

    again ty for your help
    18,000g 27' x 52" AG, Proline cartridge filter, 1.5hp pump, ChlorEase CL02 chlorinator
    pool is a transplant from one location to my location and was just put up 4/5/13
    Location : Delaware its on the EAST COAST and yes its a state LOL!

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    Re: are test strips equal?

    We were all noobs once, and I never forget that. That's part of the reason I try to pay it forward.
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