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Thread: Test kits vs. strips

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    midtngal's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    Nashville, TN

    Test kits vs. strips

    Happy 2015 Swimming Season all! Over the winter I picked up what I thought was a couple of bottles of salt test strips that I have now discovered was 1 salt kit and 1 of strips that test several of the chemicals. I thought I would show you what the difference in results are. I always use the TFTest kit, but thought it would be interesting to get "real live" results between the 2...

    Today's #'s..

    pH - 7.8 (this was the only test between the 2 that gave the same result)

    FC - 11.5 (the strip told me I was fine at 3!)

    CC - .05 (not even a test for that...)

    TC - 12 (again, I was fine at 3 according to the strip!)

    T/A - 90 (strip said 40)

    CYA - 70 (strip said 0!)

    Salt - 3270

    Borates - 30

    Awesome numbers for the second week of testing! And, THAT boys and girls is why you DO NOT USE the strips! Had I just been going by their #'s, I would be dumping all kinds of unnecessary chemicals into my pool!

    So, excuse me now while I go turn down my SWG!
    10,700 gal IG vinyl
    Pentair Triton II TR50 sand filter
    Hayward SharkVac XL cleaner; Emerson 1HP pump
    Bioguard Mineral Springs SWG
    2 skimmers

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Test kits vs. strips

    That's a good testimonial, MTG
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Midland TX

    Re: Test kits vs. strips

    Indeed it is. Multi parameter good.
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    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Test kits vs. strips

    Just curious, which brand of test strips did you use? Hach AquaChek? Lamotte Insta-TEST? ITS SenSafe? Taylor sureTRACK?
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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