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    Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    I was just wondering where everyone stores their test kits. I keep mine in our half bath under the sink. Figured that it is dark, not really damp since the half bath really never gets used and it is kept like the rest of the house around 78 degrees. Is this an ideal place to keep the shelf life of the chemicals the longest?

    Just curious as to where everyone keeps theirs. I know it should not be kept in extreme heat or humidity.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    As long as there's no kiddies to get in that cabinet, sounds like a good place to me.

    I store mine in one of our kitchen cabinets.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    I keep mine in the box it was shipped in, in an office closet that's nice a dark and temp controlled.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    For quite a while now, mine has been stored exactly as you're doing...under the sink in a half bath. The bathroom has direct access to the side of the house, so it works out great going back and forth to and from the pool.

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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    I keep mine on top of the computer stand away from the window, year round. When it's not in use, I usually have stuff like papers and phone books on top of it. Right now, it's on top of the dog's crate by the back door cuz I just tested my water.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    I keep mine on a bookshelf under the pile of bills in the bedroom. Just wish it would make the household bills go down as it did for my pool maintenance bills.

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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    I keep mine in the wet bar. Sink comes in handy refilling CYA bottle or if I test inside due to rain, etc. If some drunk makes a cocktail with it, that's their problem.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    pool bath closet - and I test over the white pool bath sink
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    My chemistry lab (and it really is these days) lives in the pool accessible bathroom off the first floor guest bedroom, which is where I do all my pool testing. I lives in a large plastic tool chest in the cabinet under the sink when not in use.

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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolDad2
    it is kept like the rest of the house around 78 degrees. Is this an ideal place to keep the shelf life of the chemicals the longest?
    78 deg is not ideal, because the higher the temp, the higher is the decay rate of the reagents. This is a general rule for all chemicals.
    Is your basement cooler?
    During off season I keep all the fluids in the fridge.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    You don't want to subject the test reagents to sudden temperature changes. Reagents can be stored in the fridge (non-freezing) long term, but you don't want to be putting them into the fridge and taking them out again every time you want to test. The rapid temperature changes will cause them to break down more rapidly than storing at room temperature.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolDad2
    I was just wondering where everyone stores their test kits. I keep mine in our half bath under the sink. Figured that it is dark, not really damp since the half bath really never gets used and it is kept like the rest of the house around 78 degrees. Is this an ideal place to keep the shelf life of the chemicals the longest?

    Just curious as to where everyone keeps theirs. I know it should not be kept in extreme heat or humidity.

    you keep your house at 78 thats like my mom's house where she doesn't run the a/c unless it hits 82 in the house.

    my house is at a cool, comfortable 73, drops to 70 at night.

    and I keep my chemicals in the wetbar. its cool, dry, and dark. speaking of though, I need to order more regents.
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    Laundry room in a closet where it's dark away from the outside sun and heat. The extreme temps and long lasting sun here is Ca destroy not only Chlorine but everything in it's path. 8)
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    Re: Were does everyone store their Test Kits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Water_man
    Quote Originally Posted by PoolDad2
    it is kept like the rest of the house around 78 degrees. Is this an ideal place to keep the shelf life of the chemicals the longest?
    78 deg is not ideal, because the higher the temp, the higher is the decay rate of the reagents. This is a general rule for all chemicals.
    Is your basement cooler?
    During off season I keep all the fluids in the fridge.
    78 degrees is not going to have any appreciable effect on the life of the reagents but taking them out of a cold fridge and then putting them back in on a regular basis will.

    IF you are buying large bottles of reagents and using them to refill your 'working' bottles then those could be kept in the fridge since you will only be taking them out once in a great while.

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