TF-100 purchase

mrjetson707

Well-known member
Sep 7, 2021
57
Martinez, California
Pool Size
11000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
I'm about to purchase the tf-100 test kit +XL option. it comes to $97 and I need to spend $100 for free shipping. what single reagent should I add to push me over my $100 mark?
 

BenB

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Jul 24, 2020
269
San Jose, CA
Pool Size
19500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
Testing doesn't happen in a closed bottle, it happens in an open test tube. Swirling while dropping is absolutely possible but if you're in TFP you're going to save enough on everything else that many people here treat themselves to the speedstir. It's available on Amazon cheaper.

To your actual question, you'll run out of 0871 first (for the chlorine test).

Or get an extra test tube and a plastic spoon.
 

jseyfert3

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TFP Guide
Oct 20, 2017
1,852
Southern WI
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
Testing doesn't happen in a closed bottle, it happens in an open test tube. Swirling while dropping is absolutely possible but if you're in TFP you're going to save enough on everything else that many people here treat themselves to the speedstir. It's available on Amazon cheaper.

To your actual question, you'll run out of 0871 first (for the chlorine test).

Or get an extra test tube and a plastic spoon.
Weird. I’ve always run out of 870 first. Perhaps that’s because I do a lot of hot tub testing in the winter where the FC may be lower than normal if you’re testing a pool. Or I’m using too much.

Totally agree, SpeedStir is great for testing.

I will recommend the TF-100 Pro, though I understand you’re looking at $160 with the XL option and that seems like quite a lot when you find TFP. But I started with the Taylor K-2006 and the SpeedStir. Got some refills. Eventually upgraded to the TF-100 Pro cause I wanted the nice case. Would have saved money by going for that right off the bat (though to be fair it wasn’t available at that point).

Remember that the higher price of the Pro is essentially a one time deal, a complete reagent refill for the Pro is $52 and a complete refill for the regular is $50.

Keep in mind with pricing that here in the Midwest I spend ~$12 a week in chemicals on my 15,000 above ground pool during the peak of summer, and less than that leading up to and after the peak. That’s ~2 gallons of 12.5% and up to a gallon of acid, both of which are $4/gallon here. I see posts of people who used pool store advice spending WAY more than that and still having water issues. TFP works, and in the grand scheme of things a good test kit is a very small price that will save lots of money and frustration.

Here’s my pool:
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And a bunch of other ones: How Clear is TFP Clear? Let's See (Pics Please).

Oh, and welcome to TFP!
 

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