Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Basic kit questions

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Southern Cal
    Posts
    34

    Basic kit questions

    1. Having never used a kit before, how long can you generally expect a kit like the Taylor K-2006 to last? Do you typically replace reactants individually, or end up buying a whole new kit when needed?

    2. Do you usually pour the results of a test back in the pool after doing the test? Can doing this cause any issues?

    3. How much do you need to rinse/clean out a bottle or comparator between tests to ensure accurate test results?

    Thanks!
    27,300 gallons / IG / Plaster / Spa / Taylor K-2006

  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Spring, TX
    Posts
    1,082

    Re: Basic kit questions

    1. Mine will usually last me at least a year or so. I have the TF100 so not sure how that compares. I replace mine as needed. I seem to use the stuff for the FC/CC test and pH more since I test every day.

    2. I do all my testing inside so I just pour it down the drain. When I would do it outside I would just pour it out in the grass.

    3. I typically run it under water for about 3-5 seconds and dry out with a hand towel. As long as I don't see any of the color from the previous test I feel it is clean enough.
    13,000 Plaster IG Pool approx
    Hayward C5030 Cart Filter
    Emerson 1081 EB653 1.0 HP 1.40 S.F. 3450 RPM
    Pool Calculator, Pool School, TF Test Kits

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Basic kit questions

    The reagents can last at least a year if stored in a cool dark place. Although you may run out of some in that kit sooner.

    Dump the reagents in the dirt or down the drain.

    I rinse with tap water briefly after testing and rinse with pool water right before testing.

    Posted from my Droid with Tapatalk ... sorry if my response is short
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  4. Back To Top    #4
    BoDarville's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    DFW, Texas
    Posts
    3,840

    Re: Basic kit questions

    Quote Originally Posted by kat.hayes
    1. Having never used a kit before, how long can you generally expect a kit like the Taylor K-2006 to last? Do you typically replace reactants individually, or end up buying a whole new kit when needed?
    Most people buy reagents individually since you will go through some faster (FC/CC and pH reagents in particular) than others. If reagents are stored properly in an enclosed drawer/cabinet in the house or other climate controlled environment they can last between 18 - 24 months. If they are exposed to heat and or sunlight, they will go bad much quicker.

    Quote Originally Posted by kat.hayes
    2. Do you usually pour the results of a test back in the pool after doing the test? Can doing this cause any issues?
    No, not advised. When done with the test, dump the test sample down the drain with the water running.

    Quote Originally Posted by kat.hayes
    3. How much do you need to rinse/clean out a bottle or comparator between tests to ensure accurate test results?
    Just rinse the tube with fresh water and let it air dry. On the larger test tubes (like those used for TA, FAS-DPD, CH tests, you could rinse and dry them with a small paper towel. Occasionally on the test block used for the OTO and DPD chlorine test and pH tests, a grayish residue may form over time. That can be cleaned out with either a dab of MA or Clorox (not both together) mixed with water. Place a very small piece (spit-ball sized - that middle school metaphor is the best I can think of) of wadded up paper towel in each column of the block. Cap the block and shake for about 30 seconds or so. Then rinse and let air dry.
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Southern Cal
    Posts
    34

    Re: Basic kit questions

    1. So it is probably not a good idea to store them in a garage if the garage gets hot?
    2. Is there a way to tell when the reagents have expired and are no longer effective?

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    The reagents can last at least a year if stored in a cool dark place. Although you may run out of some in that kit sooner.

    Dump the reagents in the dirt or down the drain.

    I rinse with tap water briefly after testing and rinse with pool water right before testing.

    Posted from my Droid with Tapatalk ... sorry if my response is short
    27,300 gallons / IG / Plaster / Spa / Taylor K-2006

  6. Back To Top    #6
    BoDarville's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    DFW, Texas
    Posts
    3,840

    Re: Basic kit questions

    Quote Originally Posted by kat.hayes
    1. So it is probably not a good idea to store them in a garage if the garage gets hot?
    Yes, that's correct. Best to look for someplace in the house.

    Quote Originally Posted by kat.hayes
    2. Is there a way to tell when the reagents have expired and are no longer effective?
    They usually turn yellowish or some other off-color. Here's a bit more information on that: http://www.taylortechnologies.com/Ch...SP?ContentID=2
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Basic kit questions

    The extended test instructions sticky in the testing forum has some notes on what to watch for when the reagents go bad.

    Posted from my Droid with Tapatalk ... sorry if my response is short
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •