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Don't bother with them they are useless. Damn kits probably cost me $200 and now I'm using the test kit I should have started with taylor k-2006, lots to repair from the inconsistent clorox readings and app. After a week of constant monitoring and treatment my water is cloudy blue and I can see bottom again. No thanks to clorox. If you own a pool you really only need 6 items to maintain it: a proper test kit (taylor k-2006 or tf-100), 8-10% bleach, borax, baking soda, muriatic acid, and cya(chlorine stabilizer). Search trouble free pool in your favorite search engine and you can learn how it all works. Moving forward I may be switching to a saltwater chlorine generator as it is easier to manage chlorine levels.
 
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Didn't know Clorox made test kits.

Back when I managed pools in HS/College Taylor was what everyone used. Used both the liquid drops and tables test kits. Prefer the liquid drops but both worked.


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No pool = no problems


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I use these strips with my swim spa and they're great.
 
Posts: 4767 | Location: CO | Registered: October 11, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I use and love the Taylor kit with my SWG pool. I havent tried the Clorox test strips but have used the Clorox liquid Chlorine and pH kit and it seems ok....I do wish the Chlorine color differentiation was a little more easily delineated though.

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Another swg guy here. Love the system but have been using the test strip type of testing kits. As soon as they are done with Im going to switch over to a liquid kit like the Taylor. Strips blow, I cant seem to match the little squares to the point of certainty.



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Posts: 6897 | Location: Stuck in NY, FUAC  | Registered: November 22, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I just stop into Leslie's with a sample while out running weekend errands.




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If you own a pool and tired of spending big bucks at the pool store check out TFP ( trouble free pools ) it’s a great forum just like this one.


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At least you seem like you know what you’re doing with the chems.

I pity the poor saps who buy “pool chemicals”, rely on dichlor or trichlor tabs/granules to chlorinate and then end up with off the chart CYA and chlorine lock before they know what hit them. Oh, and they paid insane prices for the chems, too.

Don’t get me started on opening/closing. They have no idea that “shock” is a verb, not a really, really expensive chlorine.

I’ve thought about opening a store right next to Leslie’s where all I’d sell would be commercial grade bleach, borax, baking soda, etc., in bulk at wholesale prices. And Taylor test kits.

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Don't bother with them they are useless. Damn kits probably cost me $200 and now I'm using the test kit I should have started with taylor k-2006, lots to repair from the inconsistent clorox readings and app. After a week of constant monitoring and treatment my water is cloudy blue and I can see bottom again. No thanks to clorox. If you own a pool you really only need 6 items to maintain it: a proper test kit (taylor k-2006 or tf-100), 8-10% bleach, borax, baking soda, muriatic acid, and cya(chlorine stabilizer). Search trouble free pool in your favorite search engine and you can learn how it all works. Moving forward I may be switching to a saltwater chlorine generator as it is easier to manage chlorine levels.



Congrats on finding troublefreepool.com. I'm 6 years into the method. It works without fail. Have never had algae or cloudy water in those 6 years and my water has ZERO smell to it. If I cannot see the slots in the screwheads on the main drain covers through 8 ft of water, the water is not clear enough.

Keep hitting it with the bleach till its clear and passes OCLT.

This thread is useless without test numbers so Big Grin
Mine:
FC 7.0
pH 7.7
TA 60
CH 270
CYA 70
Salt 2800
Borates 45
Temp 91

PS The Poolpal app for android phones absolutely rocks. Every bit of the functionality of poolcalculator and easy to use on the phone right next to the pool.
 
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Pool is finally clear. We have been vaccuuming to waste for 3 days and topping off.

Ph 7.0
Fc 14ppm
Cc .5ppm
Ch 150ppm
Ta 120ppm
Cya 80ppm way too high for liquid chlorine I know, we are considering switching to swcg so I am trying to lower it just a bit to make the interim chlorine dosing more manageable, but otherwise we can keep that level with a swcg.

Now that I understand these variables and acceptable ranges keeping the water clear should not be an issue, but buying a proper testing kit is a must. Cheap kits from big box stores don't give quality results as I have learned.
 
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