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    New, near Portland, Oregon

    Hi all, Paul here,

    Found a lot of great advice here. Just switched to bleach (from tri-chlor in skimmer baskets) and I'm slowly adding 20 mule team borax. Approx. 15 ppm (calculated, not measured). Using 6-way HTH strips and a very old guardex 4-way test kit for now. Pool is crystal clear (for now). Can count the shedding plaster grains on pool floor 10 feet down.

    Thanks for this site.

    Paul.
    Early 70's?? 27,000 gal. gunite/plaster in ground W/10ft deep bowl.
    Sta-rite Max-E-Glass II 1.5 h.p. pump (24/7) and Lars Lite 325k B.T.U nat. gas heat.
    Very old wet institute M-165 filter converted to an M-180 (180 sq. ft.) that uses 3 unicel 7660 cartridges.
    Small half moon jacuzzi built in off side of pool w/shared circ/heat/filter using one each of 1.5" and 2" jandy's to switch. Separate jet pump.
    Area surrounded by very large fir and pine trees plus a few others types which adds challenges.

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    Re: New, near Portland, Oregon

    Since you've been doing some reading here, you know you are going to be told you need a better test kit, so here it is:

    http://tftestkits.net/

    Best value is the TF-100 with XL option. Think seriously about the SpeedStir, as well.

    You need accurate testing you can trust, and the TF-100 or the K-2006 will do what you need.
    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: New, near Portland, Oregon

    Thanks Charlie,

    I'm usually just a half step ahead of bill collectors when pool is running and only 1 step in off season so the kit (even though it may pay for itself by
    preventing just one algae bloom) will have to wait. Fought off 2 blooms so far this year by my reluctance to shock and my neglect of skimmer tabs.
    My work schedule is odd so finding the right time balance to shock vs. pool use times by extended family and friends and my free time is tough. I
    really hate saying "the pool is too hot to swim in right now, I just shocked it." Also, with the amount of shade in my yard and providing for maximum
    sunlight exposure with solar cover off takes it 2 days to bring back to safe levels.

    Paul.
    Early 70's?? 27,000 gal. gunite/plaster in ground W/10ft deep bowl.
    Sta-rite Max-E-Glass II 1.5 h.p. pump (24/7) and Lars Lite 325k B.T.U nat. gas heat.
    Very old wet institute M-165 filter converted to an M-180 (180 sq. ft.) that uses 3 unicel 7660 cartridges.
    Small half moon jacuzzi built in off side of pool w/shared circ/heat/filter using one each of 1.5" and 2" jandy's to switch. Separate jet pump.
    Area surrounded by very large fir and pine trees plus a few others types which adds challenges.

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    Re: New, near Portland, Oregon

    Welcome to TFP!
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    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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    Re: New, near Portland, Oregon

    I know the feeling about "one step ahead".

    What you can do is build a kit a piece at a time.

    Start with the ~$25 HTH 6-way from Walmart. It is actually made by Taylor, so it is compatible with the two that we recommend. That will get you the OTO/phenol red chlorine & pH test, and a basic Total Alkalinity and Total Hardness, along with the CYA test. Then when you can, you order the FAS-DPD reagents.

    Later on, you can add the three CH reagents and the three TA reagents that complete the TF-100 and K-2006.

    The difference in the tests between the 6-way and TF-100/K-2006 are the thiosulfate reagent, R-0007; and the calcium buffer, R-0010.
    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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