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    Speedstir Necessary?

    I've been using the Taylor K2106 test kit. After a month of testing, you can just look at the sample and have a good idea of how much bromine is in the water. I will add 6 or 7 drops of the reagent without stirring, and then just swirl by hand to "read" the sample. So my question is, do I or should I be continually swirling the sample when I'm adding drops, or is swirling after adding a bunch result in the same results? I do the same with the TA test. I can tell that I'll be right around 60ppm, so I just add 4 drops first and then swirl.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    necessary? no. but im sure it makes it nice. ive been thinking about getting one myself.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    It is absolutely not necessary....until you get one and wonder why you didn't have it from the beginning.

    I got one a few months before we ever sold them (we really do make an attempt to try the stuff we sell) I was quite skeptical....just my nature.

    After about the first two tests, I was hooked!

    After all that, it is still not necessary but it is a pretty neat little device.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    It seriously makes things easier, and makes the testing more consistent in my head.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I got one when I ordered my test kit. I would compare it to my car lock/unlock remote. Sure using the key doesn't take much longer to unlock, but once you start using a remote you find using the key again to be annoying. Plus with the speedstir, I know everything is getting thoroughly mixed. I'm probably a bit biased right now though. Had to SLAM my pool (foreclosed, unused for 3 year) and the speedstir is extremely handy for the FC test when you're using 40-50 drops at a time.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Couldn't imagine NOT having my speedster
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by roadking00 View Post
    Couldn't imagine NOT having my speedster
    This. No one has ever put a post on this forum saying "Man, I wish I would have saved $30 and not bought the speedstir."
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I love the speed stir and use it every time I test the water.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    OK, I get it. Not needed.

    I sure am glad I didn't spend the $30 on that useless little gizmo.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I don't have a speed stir ... but you can bet your bottom dollar that if my pool ever turns green and I have to slam ... I'll be buying one with my order of extra reagents!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madison Mike View Post
    OK, I get it. Not needed.

    I sure am glad I didn't spend the $30 on that useless little gizmo.
    You'd be stirring the pot more effectively if you had a Speedstir!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Ordered mine yesterday. Can't wait to get it!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    The amount of time spent driving to the pool store let alone gas in your vehicle that you will not have to do as soon as you have control of your pool by testing your own water pays for the speedster in less then a season of TFP ownership....well worth the $30 bucks for sure.... But not needed.....

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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I get arthritic flair ups in my hands at times and swirling becomes a little clumsy. I find the speed stir very helpful at those times, and just all around faster testing all the time.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Madison Mike View Post
    OK, I get it. Not needed.

    I sure am glad I didn't spend the $30 on that useless little gizmo.
    I don't believe anyone that has one will tell you it's not needed. Besides your question was is it necessary. For my $30 bucks worth, it isn't necessary, but it IS needed!!!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    My only advice is if you don't want to spend the money to buy one don't ever try using one. Like others have said, it is not required, but once you try it you don't want to go back
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    You'd be stirring the pot more effectively if you had a Speedstir!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I don't know what everyone else thinks but I think it makes the testing much faster. No need to stop and swirl between each drop. Since no answered Madison Mikes question about adding all the drops and swirling after all were added I will wait to see that question answered before admitting my stupidity for swirling after each drop.
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    I don't use it if I'm doing just one test--the chlorine, but if I do a few, OUT IT COMES!
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    Re: Speedstir Necessary?

    And I've found that if you don't use it and don't manually mix well enough you may not get the change you should until the next drop. So yes, better accuracy is what I've seen.
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