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    Best testing kit for pool

    I am somewhat new here. We have an inground pool with sand filter. Last year, we had issues with algae. I was told by many on here that I should invest in a good testing kit. We just had the standard kit and I am now looking for a better kit so this year, if I run into any problems like last year, I can come on here with some real numbers.

    Any suggestions of an affordable test kit for hubby and I this year?
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Welcome to the forum

    You can read about the recommended test kits here: pool-school/pool_test_kit_comparison

    The fav around here is the TF100. Excellent service, same quality Taylor chems, most bang for the buck (more testing chems). TFTest Kits is owned by Dave, duraleigh, who also owns this site, TFP.

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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Welcome to TFP suziequsie2945
    I'm a new pool owner and had a green pool
    I bought the TF100 kit with the xl option and it was really easy to learn how to use it
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    I also recommend the TF-100, and feel the Taylor K-2006 is a distant second choice, the SpeedStir makes a nice upgrade to the kit, if it is in your budget, but is certainly not required.

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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    TF-100, and when you say "affordable" think of value. The test kit will allow you to better manage your water quality which means less stress, less work, less hassles.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    .....and no more trips to the pool store to have your water 'tested'

    Same time, gas, and money You will be able to test accurately anytime you want without leaving home.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Thanks guys! I read about them and am certainly leaning towards the TF-100. I just wanted to make sure the type of filter didn't matter and the test kit was compatible with all types of filters.

    My husband was the one who cared for the pool all of the time, but he works a ton and I am home most of the time with our two small kids so I want to help. Last year, I worked so hard to get that pool cleared from algae since he doesn't have much free time on his hands.

    Anyway, I kind of feel like a bit of a lost soul through all of this since I don't know a ton about pools.

    The pool is being opened next week. Once I get it opened and do my first testing, can I come back here with some numbers for help on where to start? I mean, I need like a basic 101 training

    Also, where is the best site to purchase the TF-100 from?
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    http://tftestkits.net/

    If your opening the pool next week than you need the kit NOW, don't wait until after opening to do this. You also need to read pool school several times (link in up right corner).

    It's not that hard to test water and stay on top of it, by the end of 1 summer you will have it down to memory and will be a pro, it's really quite easy, alot easier than ridding a pool of algae.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    TF-100. No question.

    Quote Originally Posted by cramar
    If your opening the pool next week than you need the kit NOW, don't wait until after opening to do this. You also need to read pool school several times (link in up right corner).
    This is great advice. The fact that you came here before you even opened the pool and not after spending $500 on nonsense at the pool store speaks volumes. Pool School is a lot of information to take in, so read over and over until you get the kit. If you can browse some of the threads, that will help immensely as well. Think of Pool School as the classroom, and everyone else's experience as your clinicals. If you feel overwhelmed, just back away from the computer and come back later. You'll get it, I promise.

    Quote Originally Posted by suziequsie2945
    My husband actually used to care for the pool but he works a ton and I am home most of the time with our two small kids. Last year, I worked so hard to get that pool cleared from algae (I am definitely more of the perfectionist in the household) since he doesn't have much free time on his hands.
    We've got three little ones at home, so I know exactly what you mean. It will be a little bit of work to get everything opened and balanced at first, but once you get to maintenance mode, you're probably looking at less than 5 minutes of mindless work per day to keep it beautiful.

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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Ok, great! Ordered the kit and it should be here by tomorrow. The pool is to be opened this Thursday or Friday.

    When should I first test, and which tests should I start with? (If this information is already spelled out somewhere on this forum please direct me there ) Thanks!
    7+ years, inground, 25,000 gallon, vinyl, sand filter.

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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Test everything and post it up after the pool is full and circulated for at least 1 hour.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    I notice there isn't an article for opening inground pools. Why is that? That would be so helpful. We're actually having the pool place open it as they do every year but I am looking forward to doing all of the testing myself and come here for advice this year. I am not sure what exactly they add to the pool upon opening since this is my first year getting fully involved. I will test it after its up and running and post the results.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    In my mind there is no such thing as "opening" a pool (although I live in AZ )

    All you have to do is pull any plugs, fill the pool, connect the equipment, and fire it up. Then do a full set of test results to determine what should be adjusted.

    You should not add ANYTHING to the pool just because you are "opening" ... which is why I would never pay someone to "open" the pool since they may blindly screw up the chemistry by throwing stuff in.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Ok, pool is being opened as we speak. Water looks great. I am going to test after the filter has been running for an hour or so and then come back with my numbers. Since I am new at this (not a new pool owner, but a new "manager" of a pool) and an amateur who will need help with how much chemical to add, etc., should I post back here or Just Getting Started?

    I think this year I am going to mostly do the testing and have my husband do more the physical stuff like adding chemicals etc., and we definitely want to come here for all the advice this year for a trouble free pool!
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    Just keep posting here. Try to use poolcalculator.com to determine how much of each chemical you need to get a desired effect.
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    Re: Best testing kit for pool

    Post back here so people have a history of your situation.

    You doing the testing and telling your husband how much of XYZ to add each time will work okay, unless you have to go through the shock process which we will know soon. During shocking, which could last for days/weeks depending on how bad your pool water is, Hourly testing could be required and chemical adjustment (adding bleach) could be required. MA Muriatic Acid is the one chemical that you should be extremely cautions with, and you may not need to use it, or not very often.
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