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    proper chem level for new pool heater -manual vs tfp recommendation

    Thanks. Just installed so don't want to risk warranty issue. I will increase it to recommended level. Since I have swg I am always checking for ph level being too high.
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    proper chem level for new pool heater -manual vs tfp recommendation

    The recommended levels page of tfp says that CH for swg pool should be 0-300 (don't add). My newly installed hayward h250 manual says that it should be 200-400. If too low it could be corrosive to heat exchanger. Which should I follow? I current get a reading of 50 and in the past never...
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    Stabilizing ph level

    I'm very happy with the chem balance of my pool except for the ph level. I usually test once a week and it is usually 8.0 unless it has rained. Other than muriatic acid I rarely have to add chems during the season. I read a post indicating that lowering ta to 60 would help. Would that help to...
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    muratic acid recommendations in pool math app

    I am getting the 316ml now too. I'm not sure what I changed or what I did but it seems to be working as expected now. weird. thank you.
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    muratic acid recommendations in pool math app

    oops. I was confusing the CH test with Borates! When I remove that from the app it still tells me that I should be adding 1.7 liters, which based on my test is still too high.
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    muratic acid recommendations in pool math app

    I never adjust my borate levels and never add borax. I only tested because the app asked about it when determining muriatic acid amount.
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    muratic acid recommendations in pool math app

    My test the other day showed ph=8 (max for my test kit). 1 drop of reagent lowers it to 7.4. The booklet in the kit says to add 286ml of 20 Baume for 40,000 liter pool. The app gives me very different instructions. When I input TA=70 and Borates=90 it tells me that I need to add 2.3 liters...
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    do i need separate test tube for salt testing?

    Thank you everyone. I think that I will try to keep them separate and see how it goes.
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    do i need separate test tube for salt testing?

    I just got the Taylor K-1766 kit and noticed that it has the same test tube as my K-2006 kit. Do I need to use a separate one for salt testing?
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    is Omni TA Increaser the same as Buffer?

    Thank you. I noticed the price tag was still on the bucket. It was more than double what the same quantity of Arm & Hammer would be!!
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    is Omni TA Increaser the same as Buffer?

    I have a bucket of OMNI Buffer left over from last year. It does not list the ingredients so I was struggling to figure out the quantity needed with the pool math app. I tried looking it up but can't find it. Did they change the name to TA Increaser?? Is there any benefit to using this over...
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    cleaning reagent bottles before refilling

    Does anyone do this and/or is it necessary? I try to buy the ones I use often in bigger bottles and am careful that the tip does not touch anything. Some of my Taylor bottles are four years old.
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    Canadians: where do you buy your taylor reagents?

    Thank you for the suggestions. I will look into these.
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    recommendation for salt meter?

    thank you everyone. I bought a k-1766 kit!
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    Canadians: where do you buy your taylor reagents?

    I wish that someone would do something about the monopoly here. 2oz taylor reagents are $15-25 each!! The cost of a K2006 test kit is $135!! People might have a basic store brand kit but (based on the lineups in peak season) I think most rely on the stores to test. Fortunately I live about...
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    recommendation for salt meter?

    No I didn't know that. I thought all reagents were only good for one year (although I have have gone longer and not noticed a difference). If that's the case then I would prefer that approach. What is the proper storage? I keep my K-2006 kit in the house to guard it from heat.
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    Test kit confusion - questions

    I also have the K2006. I have my pool so perfectly balanced (thanks to tfp!) that other than ph I don't have to constantly test. I find some of the small bottles can last me 2-3 years (even though they should be replaced annually). I do however buy 2oz R-0871 and R0003 as I tend to go through...
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    recommendation for salt meter?

    Does the calibration solution expire? I considered the K-1766 but reagents are expensive in Canada so I'm looking for a cheaper alternative.
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    Canadians: where do you buy your taylor reagents?

    Amazon? TFTestkits.com? Leslie's? other? I'm starting to plan for the upcoming season. I have the K-2006 taylor kit and need to replace everything, except a few that i never/rarely need. If I order just the ones that i use from Amazon and have them shipped to Buffalo I will have to pay...
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    recommendation for salt meter?

    Is there an inexpensive meter for testing salt water that you recommend? All I want is to do an occasional sanity check (a couple of times a season) to make sure that my panel reading is ok. In the past it has been pretty close to the pool store but since I do my own testing now I don't want...
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    which target chlorine range should I be following?

    Thanks. With CYA of 70 that would mean of a level of 8. That won't harm my salt cell, liner or robot??
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    which target chlorine range should I be following?

    I've been following the recommendations on both those pages and also noticed that if I go below 3 algae becomes a problem. The 1-3 is on the sticker inside the panel of my swg. I just want to make sure that the higher level doesn't damage it. I just noticed that the app was 1-3 because I...
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    which target chlorine range should I be following?

    The panel of my swg says 1.0-3.0. The new pool math app also says 1-3. However the cya chart (Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart) recommends 5-6 with cya of 70-80 (it current tests at 70). Why is the pool math recommendation different from pool school and which one should I be following?
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    impact of FC on vinyl liner

    Ours is original - almost 20 years old. It had its first hole last year and the tech recommended that we consider changing it. He said that sometimes they will just split open which could cause damage.
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    impact of FC on vinyl liner

    i don't if this the right section to post this, however we are planning to replace our vinyl liner this year. According to pool school the optimum levels for our swg pool is 70-80 CYA and target FC of 5-6. I am wondering what impact, if any this will have on the fading of the liner vs the FC=3...
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    optimal chem balance with swg

    Great explanation. Thank you!
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    optimal chem balance with swg

    Thanks! The pool store is always telling me my cya is a little low. Glad I just ordered my K2006 kit so I don't have to rely on them anymore! So the higher chlorine recommendation is because of the lower cya?
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    optimal chem balance with swg

    I was reading the section of pool school that lists the optimal chem ranges for swgs. This differs from what my aquarite swg and local pool store recommend. The key differences I noticed are: FC = 1-3ppm AR vs 4-6ppm TFP TA = 80-120ppm vs 60-80ppm Why such a big difference? Which should I...