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    Pool test computer programs

    Hi, new here. I hope to learn allot from the forum. My question is, How many of you use a computer program for your test results? I currently use "Perfect Pool" and seem to get good results. Any feeback?
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    My pool is a 10,500 gallon (420 Sq Ft ) kidney shape. A hand made sheer decent waterfeature. STA-RITE HRPB30, Sand filter 30" 98 GPM,
    1 HP Maxi-Glas 2 pump, BBB Method, Taylor K-2005 test kit, 50 Watt 12V low-voltage pond light illuminates the pool at night for a nice soft glow.
    250 gallon stand-alone hot tub. Got it FREE!

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    Welcome to TFP!

    A lot of us here use The Pool Calculator, created by our very own Jason Lion.
    TFP Founder

    My Pool: 13K gal IG gunite with 7' spa, Pentair Cartridge Filter, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Polaris 280 Cleaner, TF-100 Test Kit w/ salt test.

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    The problem with pool computer programs (even commercial ones like LaMotte's Datamate which is one of the best, IMHO--Don't get me started on the Bioguard ALEX program which is FAMOUS for overdosing, but it does sell a lot of chemicals for bioguard dealers!) is that they are stupid. They cannot make allownaces for such things as the type of chlorine used affecting where the TA should be and some of them don't even make allowances for the surface of the pool (reactive or non reactive). If you really think a piece of software can make decisions better than a well informed person on proper dosing then go ahead and use one. I have not come across one that can even warn you NOT to increaste TA and CH at the same time when both are low but to increase the TA first and then bring th CH up once the TA is in line and pH has been stabilized!

    The only real use I see for them is a glorified calculator to fiure out dosing but even on this they fail since they have a pre set idea of what the proper PPM of a chemical should be and it is often not correct for the pool in question.

    JasonLions pool calculator or the Beachcalc program by mwsmith are much better options and both are free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbear
    The problem with pool computer programs (even commercial ones like LaMotte's Datamate which is one of the best, IMHO--Don't get me started on the Bioguard ALEX program which is FAMOUS for overdosing, but it does sell a lot of chemicals for bioguard dealers!) is that they are stupid. They cannot make allownaces for such things as the type of chlorine used affecting where the TA should be and some of them don't even make allowances for the surface of the pool (reactive or non reactive). If you really think a piece of software can make decisions better than a well informed person on proper dosing then go ahead and use one. I have not come across one that can even warn you NOT to increaste TA and CH at the same time when both are low but to increase the TA first and then bring th CH up once the TA is in line and pH has been stabilized!

    The only real use I see for them is a glorified calculator to fiure out dosing but even on this they fail since they have a pre set idea of what the proper PPM of a chemical should be and it is often not correct for the pool in question.

    JasonLions pool calculator or the Beachcalc program by mwsmith are much better options and both are free!
    holy crud, before i got my kit i went to a pool store that used ALEX. now i know why when i used the Tf kit my clorine qas 11. my alkilinity was 650, my calsium was 486, my stabilizer was 97

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