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    Which Test Kit ??

    currently using a taylor k1000 for FC and PH.
    TA, CH and CYA are tested at the local pool shop.

    need new kit for testing FC beyond 5.

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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    Best bang for the buck is the TF100. Same reagents as the Taylor K-2006, but the quantities are more realistic.

    http://tftestkits.net/TF-100-Test-Kit-p4.html

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    I recommend the speedstir as well - it really improves the testing. And if you spring for the XL option now, you will save on shipping when you need refills. The FAS-DPD powder is very difficult to find in stores; the other reagents are easy to get if you get caught short somehow.
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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    Quote Originally Posted by UaVaj View Post
    currently using a taylor k1000 for FC and PH.
    TA, CH and CYA are tested at the local pool shop.

    need new kit for testing FC beyond 5.
    Richard has already covered which kit you should get, so I'll skip that.

    Sorry to disagree, but you need a new kit to test more than FC above 5. If you have read around here much you have probably seen that not much credence is given to pool store testing. While you would think that a "professional" would be the best, unfortunately in most cases it is quite the opposite. Between employees who blindly trust the word of chemical sales representatives and high school kids working in the pool store for the summer you end up with poor results from their testing. Two different pool stores told me my CYA was in the 80 - 100 range, but when I tested myself I found it 200+. Just for laughs I took three samples, tested one myself and took the other two to two different stores. While some of their numbers were close to mine, others were off the chart. Test everything yourself.
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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Best bang for the buck is the TF100.
    This.

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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    The TF 100 is the best buy for sure. If your pool is doing ok right now, it will go on sale in March.
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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    Another super thumbs up for the TF-100. Best value and when ordering reagents for refills, they ship quick. Fresh reagents as well. http://tftestkits.net/ is great to work with.

    +1 Speed Stir as well. Some view it as a toy/unnecessary but I really think it helps with mixing thoroughly and consistently.
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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    I got a TF-100 last year, quite happy with it.

    Highly recommend the Speed-Stir as well. Really helps keep the testing consistent.
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    Re: Which Test Kit ??

    Quote Originally Posted by jrs_diesel View Post
    I got a TF-100 last year, quite happy with it.

    Highly recommend the Speed-Stir as well. Really helps keep the testing consistent.
    I agree on this point for sure. The SS will really make testing a lot easier. It's worth every penny.
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