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Thread: Digital testers and HELP with drips

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    Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Want to know if the digital testers are worth the money.

    First pool, I just had my water analized by my local Leslie's and my pool always sparkled, but this time out, (Just put in new AGP) I am out in the country and can't run to Leslies every week.

    Which brand would you recommend? If you don't think digitals are the way to go, what brand of test kit?

    Second problem. Hubby has hard plumbed equip. and after re-gluing and re-wrapping threads with tape several times, we still have a drip leak problem with the screw in connector to the female pump hole. The coupler is not cracked. Hubby has never had this problem with PVC before. He wrapped the dang thing at least 12 circles before screwing it in. And, lastly, is there anything too bad with just letting her drip. My take on it was that a drip every few seconds would hydrate the base under the pool preventing cracks, but Hubby is a perfectionist and can't stand that his installation has even a drop of water coming out.
    Hill Country of Texas~above ground Sharkline Matrix 18' round, with Gorilla pad (installed 7/25/2013)
    Hayward Power flo LX and Pro sand filter, Hayward salt cell Generator
    Sheer descent water fall

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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    These are the only Test Kits we recommend. I can assure you that they are most definitely worth the money.
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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Teflon tape and PVC don't always play nice. Since you have that slight drip, have your hubby get some PVC compatible pipe dope.
    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.

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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Bo has you straight on the test kits. I recommend the TF-100 with the SpeedStir option. You won't regret it.

    If the leak is on the suction side of the pump it could cause you to get air into the system especially when vacuuming. I'd try to fix it. What's always worked for me is to use teflon pipe paste for plastic pipes. I read on here a while back that for especially troubling leaks to use a few wraps of t-tape then some paste then a few more wraps of t-tape.
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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Thanks so much Charlie and Bama!!!! Don't know why he didn't think of that!

    So no one likes the fully digital metering testers?

    I will order the TF100 if not!
    Hill Country of Texas~above ground Sharkline Matrix 18' round, with Gorilla pad (installed 7/25/2013)
    Hayward Power flo LX and Pro sand filter, Hayward salt cell Generator
    Sheer descent water fall

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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Quote Originally Posted by becciboo
    So no one likes the fully digital metering testers? I will order the TF100 if not!
    Go with the TF-100. Guarantee you will not regret it one bit. It will begin saving you $ by helping you avoid the problems that many non-BBB pool owners deal with. Then you will wonder how you got by without it.
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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    Digital testers need a constant recalibration. Think erroneous results from pool stores that use them.

    With the FAS-DPD chlorine testing there is no doubt, outside of normal variation.

    The rest of the kit also being titration (color change) with the exception of CYA also has great accuracy with no need for recalibration. pH tests done with digital especially need constant messing with to keep accurate.
    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.

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    Re: Digital testers and HELP with drips

    On order now
    Hill Country of Texas~above ground Sharkline Matrix 18' round, with Gorilla pad (installed 7/25/2013)
    Hayward Power flo LX and Pro sand filter, Hayward salt cell Generator
    Sheer descent water fall

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