Test kit noob question

Buckmaster

Active member
May 2, 2017
30
Nassau NY
#1
I currently have an HTH test kit I picked up last year for our first pool (intex- This was before I found TFP)
https://www.amazon.com/HTH-1173-6-Way-Test-Kit/dp/B01JLY4KEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494862918&sr=8-1&keywords=hth+6+way+test+kit
I would like to continue using it so as not to just throw it out but it does not test for FC. I'm considering purchasing this Taylor k-1001 for free chlorine and PH to supplement the HTH kit which does everything else. TC,PH,Bromine,TA,Hardness,CYA

https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Basic-Residential-Pool-Water/dp/B00305A0QG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1494862581&sr=8-2&keywords=free+chlorine+test+kit

Question is, is the HTH kit sufficient/ accurate enough to get me through the season compared to the Taylor setup? Should I just bite the bullet and get a full TF100 kit and toss the HTH? Buy the FC test separately? Overthinking things?
 

JVTrain

TFP Expert
Feb 3, 2014
5,080
Central Minnesota
#2
Since your reagents are a year old, what I would do is go with a TF-50. This gives you all the tests you need, but not a color block for TC and pH. Since you already have those in the HTH kit.

The FC test in the Taylor K-1001 is not what you want for an FC/CC test. You want a FAS-DPD test for FC and CC that goes up to 50+ ppm so you can perform a SLAM if needed. The TF-50 has that.

TF-50 plus your TC/pH color block you already have is the best bet imo. If you need more cylinders or more reagents, you could add those on as well. TF-50 @ TFTestkits.net