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    Commercial Test Comparisons

    I did a comparison today of my local pool supply, my Ace Hardware Pool tests along with my new Taylor K-2006 test kit. Here are my results:

    Georgia Pool Supply Company;
    FC=0.3
    CC=0.3
    pH=7.8
    TA=169
    CH=180
    CYA=60
    Recommendations: 2.75lbs. Lo 'N Slo, 2 bags Burn Out 3

    Ace Hardware Pool Analysis
    FC=0.8
    CC=0.2
    pH=7.3
    TA=137
    CH=220
    CYA=45
    Recommendations: Add 1 gal. 1pt. 5.0oz. muraitic acid or 11lb.10.0oz. O-Ace-sis Minus and add 3.0oz. and =>O-Ace-sis Chlorinating sticks or tablets.

    My Test
    FC=1.2
    CC=0.2
    pH=7.2
    TA=150
    CH=200
    CYA=45

    As you can see the Ace Hardware tests seem to be more inline.
    I also noticed that Ace has a Cyanuric acid reducer available. I should probably make a new thread on this but it was $40gal. and stated a reduction of 60ppm per 10,000gal. if I recall correctly. It was of the O-Ace-sis brand name but did not state ingredients but a patent pending.
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Forget the pool store testing and the ace store testing we don't believe it anyways. Search the forum for the CYA reducer there are lots of them discussing how it is not apparently living up to the hype.
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Just another brick in the giant wall of evidence that we use to say get your own test kit. Even if Ace was close, what happens if you go in tomorrow and a new person is working the test counter? No way to know if they get it right or not without your own kit.

    As for CYA reducer, are you sure it wasn't chlorine reducer? AFAIK there is only one supposed CYA reducer on the market now, Bioactive, and it has been a real letdown. I didn't see anything on the O-Ace-sis website.
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say a reliable CYA reducer doesn't exist.
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    At this point, I think it's pretty safe to say a reliable CYA reducer doesn't exist.
    Sure there is. And it is very effective too! Add one gallon of it to one gallon of pool water and it will reduce your CYA by 50%.

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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Why did ace want you to add acid with a ph of 7.3?


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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Ace was right, you do need more chlorine!
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    One gallon of Acid in 20K with a current pH of 7.3? A shining example of why NOT to trust these vendors.
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Yeah, wow, do the poolmath on that!
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    Re: Commercial Test Comparisons

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    One gallon of Acid in 20K with a current pH of 7.3? A shining example of why NOT to trust these vendors.

    I bet pool stores have screwed up more pools then one could imagine. That's their way of selling you more junk you don't need at all especially if you go the BBB route.
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