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    test kit

    With our new inground gunite pool we got the little Pentaire test kit from the PB. Im sure its the cheapest one possible. Small blue plastic box with little bottles of testing stuff. I do the chlorine test and acid test daily and the colors seem to be close to the normal indicators on the plastic testing jar thingy.

    I have been reading about other test kits. Is this kit not very good and what exactly do you need?
    We have a 15k gallon SWG pool.
    21 x 41 Oval AGP (24,000 Gallons)
    Sand Filter
    TF-100 Test Kit

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    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: test kit

    The TF-100 and the K-2006 can test chlorine up to 50ppm, combined chlorine, CYA several times, Calcium Hardness, Total Alkalinity and pH. You can also add the strips to test salt.

    With a gunite pool, CH is critical. Combined chlorine is an indicator of water problems, and can be very useful. It's also very useful to be able to test high chlorine levels when trying to deal with algae. The better kits will pay for themselves in the first season.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: test kit

    Here is an article that compares the two recommended kits....a good kit really is essential and the best investment you could make in your pool. You won't be dissappointed.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    Jun 2008
    Tucson area, AZ

    Re: test kit

    I have the little pentair tester you are talking about. It's not worthless; it's good for a quick chlorine / Ph check, but only if your chlorine is below 3 ppm. Not only does the chlorine test not go higher than that, but a chlorine level higher than that also throws the Ph reading off, too. You definitely need a good test kit.
    Above ground soft side Omega pool
    20 feet diameter, 4 feet deep
    Hayward sand filter
    Hayward 1 HP Matrix pump
    Hayward Aquabug Automatic Pool Cleaner

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