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    Any tips on reading PH

    Hard to distinguish colors with tf100 kit


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    Re: PH

    Yeah, the pH test can be challenging for some of us. Sometimes 'reading' the colors helps:

    yellow 6.8 and lower,
    yellow orange 7.0 ,
    orange 7.2, orange red 7.4-7.5,
    red 7.6-7.8,
    red violet 8.0 ,
    violet 8.2 and higher

    If the color is orange red to red with no pink or violet you are golden.

    How do you test? Hold comparator block in front of white background? ....against blue sky? etc.
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    Re: PH

    In garage with florescent lights and two 40 watt bulbs dark outside .....

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    Re: PH

    Scroll down to post #5 for more info:

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...Kit-Directions
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    You're done SLAMing when:
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    Re: PH

    Awsome info ..... BUT when testing pH am I not suppose to use phentol red

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    Re: PH

    Sometimes its hard to get some free time so I test after son goes to bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by careingemt View Post
    Awsome info ..... BUT when testing pH am I not suppose to use phentol red

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    quote from Post #5
    R-0004 and R-0014 are phenol red, an organic dye that changes color with pH.
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    Re: PH

    Will have to see which one I have at home at work now will post when I get home

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    Re: PH

    I usually do all my testing indoors usually in the evening or at night. I have always had a difficult time with the PH readings, no matter where I do it. Since I log my daily tests on my computer, I have found that opening a Blank Word processing screen and holding the test cells close to the screen at arms length gives me the best results. The other option is possibly hold it with the Speed Stir LED's on behind it. I would love a good, accurate, affordable, Ph test that didn't require me to have to compare colors.
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    Re: PH

    Thanks

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    Re: PH

    Quote Originally Posted by ump107 View Post
    I usually do all my testing indoors usually in the evening or at night. I have always had a difficult time with the PH readings, no matter where I do it. Since I log my daily tests on my computer, I have found that opening a Blank Word processing screen and holding the test cells close to the screen at arms length gives me the best results. The other option is possibly hold it with the Speed Stir LED's on behind it. I would love a good, accurate, affordable, Ph test that didn't require me to have to compare colors.
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    Re: PH

    I have Phenol red 0014

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    Re: PH

    Yup, that comes with the TF-100. The R0004 is for the larger water sample that the K2006 and others use.

    Fyi, I just found some R0015 in one of my old kits (very old, but seems to still work) and added it to the pH test. It is for the acid demand test which is nice to play with and get a feel for the color changes.
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    Re: PH

    Someone on here told me to shoot for "peach" as the color. That describes it well. Yellowish is too low, reddish/pink too high. Peach, just right!
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