Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: taylor test kit

  1. Back To Top    #1

    taylor test kit

    have a kit that is a couple years old. Have ordered all new reagents. In the meantime with the Taylor, test for CYA reads around 60 and new test strips read zero. Do the reagents for CYA go bad after several years?

  2. Back To Top    #2
    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL
    Posts
    11,965

    Re: taylor test kit

    I wouldn't trust CYA readings from strip, whether they are new or not.

    Where was your reagent stored? We recommend indoors in a climate controlled environment (i.e. not outside or in a hot shed or garage)
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Charlie_R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Mexico, MO
    Posts
    2,156

    Re: taylor test kit

    What the test strip makers aren't telling the consumer: Test strip reagents have a short shelf life. More often than not, they are close to if not past the useful life by the time you buy them. This would be why they are unreliable. The dried reagents oxidize fairly quickly, even in the "sealed" container.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Re: taylor test kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R
    What the test strip makers aren't telling the consumer: Test strip reagents have a short shelf life. More often than not, they are close to if not past the useful life by the time you buy them. This would be why they are unreliable. The dried reagents oxidize fairly quickly, even in the "sealed" container.

    Didnt want to buy the strips but I have ordered the new reagents and not sure how long it will take to get here. But for now my CYA is low and I didnt know if I could rely on the old test.

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Bay City, Michigan
    Posts
    283

    Re: taylor test kit

    I think the CYA reagent is the one least likely to go bad. I think I read that in some other posts. Now I'm not saying it doesn't go bad because that, I don't know, just saying I'm pretty sure it lasts the longest
    12500 gallons, 24 foot round above ground
    Hayward Sand filter, Pentair OptiFlo 1HP 2-Speed pump

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    653

    Re: taylor test kit

    I just found some 4-year old CYA strips in my pool box...not sure where they came from because I've had the Taylor CYA upgrade longer than that. Anyway, before I threw them out I gave one a dip, just for laughs. Zero color change and I know my CYA is 35, both by knowing what went into the pool since I opened with zero and recent testing with the Taylor. Old strips are worthless.
    Current: 28,000G 18'x36' I/G AnthonySylvan Plaster; Waterway 60 sq.ft. DE Filter; 1.0hp x 1.65 SF Two-Speed (B2982) WhisperFlo; 2004-Present
    Previous: 40,000G 20'x40' I/G Koven unlined WWII salvage 5/8" marine steel; Lomart Stainless Sand Filter; 3/4hp Hayward SuperPump; 1946-2003 (managed by me from about 1964)
    Ancient Taylor K-2000, upgraded with Taylor CH, TA, and FAS-DPD, and TFT CYA tests.

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

    Re: taylor test kit

    Quote Originally Posted by scott.MI
    I think the CYA reagent is the one least likely to go bad. I think I read that in some other posts. Now I'm not saying it doesn't go bad because that, I don't know, just saying I'm pretty sure it lasts the longest
    True. The CYA reagent is inert and should be good for a long time ... although you have not stated how you have stored your kit.
    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!

  8. Back To Top    #8

    In the Industry

    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    74

    Re: taylor test kit

    If it's any help...
    I have a gallon jug of CYA reagent ordered by mistake (meant to get a 16oz). After two years and numerous weeks of being kept in the back of a too-hot work van, the contents still give me identical test results to brand new bottles. (I recently ordered 8 all-new K-2006 test kits to replace the aging little-used reagents and get new cells, compared against those...)
    * Responsible for the operation of 21 semi-private pools and spas at 11 locations, varying from 1,900L to 20,000L spas and from 13,000L to 200,000L pools.

Posting Permissions

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