Recent content by Brian VT

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    Test Strip vs. Taylor 2106 Bromine FAS-DPD Test Kit

    I compared my test strips against my Taylor kit results just to use up the strips (and out of curiosity). The strips I was using (HTH brand, I think) were surprisingly accurate. They are certainly handy and much easier during the long process of reducing high alkalinity using the "drop it by 1/2...
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    Can't stabilize Bromine bank

    Assuming that your tests are valid, then you must have something in your water that is using up the bromine. Excess bromide (bank) shouldn't be much of a problem. I suspect biofilm in your plumbing. I'd do an AhhSome treatment and refill.
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    Freestanding hot tub for cold climate

    I think a good/thick/tight-sealing cover is as important, or maybe more important, than the lower insulation. The cover is an easy way for a seller to skimp because a buyer is likely to be more focused on the fun aspects of what they're buying.
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    New spa fill bromide

    Yes. Add chlorine to create bromine. I don't think the 2x bromide you added is a problem.
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    New Spa, having trouble with bromine and Ph

    I suspect that there was water left in the system from the factory wet test and it has contaminated your water. I would recommend running an AhhSome treatment and refilling. You could try a "super" shock treatment but if there is biofilm in your system that effort would be in vain.
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    Bromine reading 0 with Spa Frog, driving me nuts...

    Sounds like you have a high sanitizer demand. Probably needs a shock or water replaced. I suspect you may have biofilm established in your plumbing. You might consider an AhhSome treatment(s). That's what I would do.
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    Starting up a Hot Tub with Bromine

    As MPurcell stated, you should add pure sodium bromide to your water to establish a bromide "bank". He is one example of what you might use: Then when you add an oxidizer, such as liquid chlorine bleach, some of the bromide is converted to...
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    Baqua Spa Chemicals vs Frog system (floater) vs Filter Frog

    Ditch all that stuff. Read the "stickys" at the top of the forum list.
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    SPA and Chlorine

    I'd bet you have biofilm established in your plumbing (and maybe the filters too). Do an Ahh-Some treatment. Maybe more than one.
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    Seasonal Draining

    If there's any chance that it could encounter freezing temperatures before you decide to use it again then I would shoot some RV anti-freeze in there. I was lucky to only have to replace a heater when that happened to me.
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    Still no hardness?

    I'm using the TF-100 kit. Twice. Then I tried my HTH kit. Neither indicate any hardness.
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    Still no hardness?

    Taylor kit and HTH kit both @ 2 yrs. old. Pool Calc said I needed @ 11 oz. of calcium chloride or 20 oz. of of calcium chloride dihydrate. Not sure which I have so I started with 10 oz. and got no red. Added 10 oz. more and still no red. 350 gal. tub.
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    Still no hardness?

    I just refilled my tub. Soft water. My Taylor kit test says the sample should turn red if calcium is present. It didn't so I added 10 oz. calcium chloride and ran jets. Tested again and still no red. Added 10 oz. more and ran jets. Still no red. Tried my HTH test kit thinking maybe Taylor test...
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    New hot tub,best way to level and set up

    I don't think temp. or balance matters for the Ahhsome treatment.
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    New hot tub,best way to level and set up

    Yes on the Ahhsome. You could take your chances by skipping it but if you start wondering why you can't keep your water balanced/sanitary then you'll know why. As far as leveling... - You could pour new level concrete over the existing. - You could box in an area with pressure-treated lumber...