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    Diluted CYA testing

    Split by moderator from HERE after getting too far off topic. jblizzle

    Jbizzle....

    Couldnt you also add 1/4 pool water, 1/4 cya reagent, and 50% tap water to test when cya is high?.....and then double the results.

    This would save you 1/4 of the cya reagent.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Oh the main reason to not do this is that there may not be enough CYA reagent to react with the pool water when the CYA levels are high ... that would still be 1:1 ratio of the pool to reagent. So, at high CYA levels, you likely need the extra reagent.

    I have actually used what you stated. After doing the test normally, I dumped out have the mixture and added tap water. BUT, the only reason I was confident was the my CYA was around 70ppm and I was just trying to see if the diluted reading was more obvious around 35ppm.
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    Re: Help with readings please

    Couldnt you also add 1/4 pool water, 1/4 cya reagent, and 50% tap water to test when cya is high?.....and then double the results.

    This would save you 1/4 of the cya reagent.
    Altering all these test ALWAYS compromises your accuracy and what we teach is testing that is as precise as you can make it.

    Saving (20 cents, I think) in reagent when you own a pool that costs thousands and thousands seems penny wise and pound foolish.

    When you contemplate how much money you spend monthly on your pool and lifestyle, taking a chance on skewing your test results to save totally insignificant pennies just doesn't add up.
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    Re: Help with readings please

    The reason i ask is because i did the cya test this way for my wife's aunts pool.

    I tested day 1 using half pool water, half cya. The dot disappeared about 1/4 inch below the 100 mark.

    Yesterday ( day 2), i tested using 1/4 pool water, 1/4 cya reagent, and half tap water.

    The dot disppeared right at the 100 line. I doubled the results and came up with cya 200.
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    Re: Help with readings please

    Quote Originally Posted by GuinnessPhish
    The reason i ask is because i did the cya test this way for my wife's aunts pool.

    I tested day 1 using half pool water, half cya. The dot disappeared about 1/4 inch below the 100 mark.

    Yesterday ( day 2), i tested using 1/4 pool water, 1/4 cya reagent, and half tap water.

    The dot disppeared right at the 100 line. I doubled the results and came up with cya 200.
    That does not mean the 200ppm was correct. It could have been off if there was not enough reagent to react with all the CYA in the pool water.
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    Re: Help with readings please

    I dont understand....

    If doing the test as dircted resulted in a result > 100, then the test as i did it would mean the result would come back less than 100, not more.
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    Re: Help with readings please

    Moot point i suppose. Anything over 100 ppm requires partial drain anyway.
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    Help with readings please

    Just did the test again. 1/4 pool water, 1/4 tap water, 1/2 cya reagent. Same result: cya 200.
    8,000 gallon, in ground, fiberglass pool with a cartridge filter.

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    Re: Help with readings please

    Then you are 100% certain you need to drain some water. If you can drain 80% of your water...that would be great.
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