I'll let Dave (duraleigh) go into more detail about the kit description and why he chose to go into this business, but I wanted to give some brief background information as to why the kit is featured prominently on this site.
Shortly after I created this site, I noticed that a lot of members were asking others where they could buy a good test kit. While there are a lot of types of kits on the market, the Taylor FAS-DPD kits have been the most recommended for comprehensive home use. The current Taylor kits, however, don't have a good balance of reagents. That is, some come in quantities that last for a long time while others have only enough for a few tests.
I had begun the process of contacting online retailers about putting together custom kits for users of this forum and of course, anyone else who wanted a better product than what was currently available. Apparently, none of them saw this as enough of a potential market to make the effort.
Fortunately, just as I was beginning to get frustrated, I received an e-mail from Dave Smith. Dave had also seen the need for such a kit and was interested in a partnership of sorts. After a few phone conversations with Dave I learned a few things about him. First, he has a long history as a business owner and understands what it takes to run a successful business. Secondly, he knows that customer service has to be a top priority for such a specialized niche product. And finally, he has a lot of integrity and simply will not put an inferior or unready product on the market. This was a major concern of mine. I only wanted to associate with someone who was going to deliver a high quality product and be around for the long haul. I believe Dave to be exactly that type of person.
We did discuss the possibility of a true partnership with a portion of the proceeds going to TFP, but based on experience at other sites where this had been done, eventually decided that it would be best to have a separation between the kit and the forum. That way each is beneficial to the other, but neither is dependant on the other for success.
So, this kit is NOT featured here because of some financial arrangement, but because there is no other product like it on the market and I think it is the best solution for forum members. It is here because Dave wants to make sure that people who purchase his kits have a 24/7 resource to go with questions and comments about the kits.
Questions about specific orders/ pricing/ or shipping should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, but all other questions about kit use and testing, can be posted here. Dave will post and answer questions regularly as will forum members who have used this kit.
I am also happy to say that Dave has generously offered to give site supporters (both annual and lifetime) a discount on kit purchases. Please see the Forum Supporter area or http://WWW.TFTESTKITS.COM for more information on the discounts.
I think this cooperative effort is going to be a great benefit to the end user and look forward to what I believe will be a bright future for everyone involved. I'll let Dave say a little more about why he decided to start this venture.