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Which kit? Why? How? What does it all mean?

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Taylor K2006 Videos on YouTube

    Taylor has a number of fairly helpful videos on the K2006 -- but they are huge and hard to access. So, I put them on YouTube. Here they are: K2006...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 06-22-2012 02:07 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Testing pH when chlorine is high.

    Phenol red is the indicator reagent used in all pool pH tests -- drops and strips. It's quite reliable, but it has a weakness: if the chlorine is too...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 06-11-2014 12:04 PM
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    04-28-2015 10:30 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Buyer beware on bleach

    I posted this on TFP and just wanted to get this out. I bought bleach at Walmart yesterday and noticed they and Clorox have a bleach that is...

    Started by dansdad‎, 08-15-2014 11:50 AM
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    10-01-2014 05:37 PM Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: CYA test interpretation

    These three images, snagged from Taylor's website illustrate correct CYA test interpretation: Take your CYA reading AFTER you reach...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 07-11-2014 04:46 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: How to Get the Right Testkits for your Pool

    We constantly ask people to get the test kits they need, so they can stay out of the pool stores, and away from the sales tactics many pool stores...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 04-12-2012 01:26 PM
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    amz, pix, testing, testkit
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    06-04-2014 10:55 PM Go to last post
  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Interpreting OTO results by color

    Here is a visual matching colors of OTO results to approximate chlorine readings. http://pool9.net/oto/

    Started by Watermom‎, 05-19-2014 08:24 PM
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    05-27-2014 08:22 AM Go to last post
  7. Sticky Thread Sticky: Using Muriatic Acid to Safely Lower Your Pool's pH

    ====================================================== Step by step: Video demonstration: http://youtu.be/ajC-OROORko This is the preliminary...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 07-14-2011 09:30 PM
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    muriatic acid, ph dosing, sticky
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    06-23-2013 11:47 AM Go to last post
  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Cross Reference list between Ben's kit and Taylor refills

    With pool season starting and for now at least, refills not available from Ben, many people may be looking for refills elsewhere. The chart at the...

    Started by Watermom‎, 04-25-2007 12:35 PM
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    07-29-2012 02:00 PM Go to last post
  9. Sticky Thread Sticky: Do You Need a pH Meter to Test Pool pH?

    Many color-blind people can use most of the tests in the Taylor K-2006 without problems. Color does is not usually a problem with the DPD-FAS test...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 05-02-2012 05:54 PM
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    06-19-2012 05:15 PM Go to last post
  10. Sticky Thread Sticky: Testing high chlorine levels (without a good testkit)

    Moved to: how-to-test-your-pool-without-a-good-testkit.html

    Started by Watermom‎, 07-03-2010 12:52 PM
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    07-03-2010 12:52 PM Go to last post
  11. Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: Beginner's Guide to Pool Chemistry Needs

    I copied this from a post made by a fellow moderator - CarlD. Very good information in a nutshell of the basics behind what pool chemicals are needed...

    Started by Watermom‎, 05-06-2006 08:38 AM
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    06-04-2006 01:30 PM Go to last post
  1. New to pool ownership and care

    I joined the forum and then read the note at the very bottom of the "New Directions for PoolForum in 2018 (in revision)" page saying that this site...

    Started by TheOzz‎, 04-21-2018 08:20 AM
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    04-21-2018 09:15 PM Go to last post
  2. Exclamation Is boric acid/borax a health concern??

    It appears there is a concern with the Canadian Government with "over" exposure to boric acid. There are no level indicated??? :confused:...

    Started by kamkuda‎, 10-09-2016 07:42 AM
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    04-16-2018 12:01 PM Go to last post
  3. steps to getting pool chemistry right

    In what order to adjust these numbers? What are the targets that I'm working towards? My pool is a 25,000 gallon inground, sand filter. CyA...

    Started by marciastz‎, 06-05-2017 10:59 AM
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    06-12-2017 02:57 PM Go to last post
  4. Chlorine level

    My chlorine level is coming back at less than 0.5 ppm. The sample is pretty much clear after adding the OTO. And when using the Taylor kit with the...

    Started by Barry J‎, 07-24-2016 05:01 PM
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    07-29-2016 12:29 PM Go to last post
  5. Need help with my big mess of a pool

    Well, been so swamped with worked i'd taken the easy way out this year by using tri-chlor tabs instead of my usual bleach, and was still using 2 yr....

    Started by JazzMan2010‎, 07-07-2016 10:34 PM
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    07-26-2016 12:03 AM Go to last post
  6. CC higher than FC

    Hi all, I opened my pool about two weeks ago and am having a hard time clearing up the water. It looks milky green and I suspect it has something to...

    Started by beaverplt‎, 06-02-2016 06:51 PM
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    06-26-2016 05:42 PM Go to last post
  7. My water is still cloudy and I don't know what to do about it

    In my last Thread about 2 weeks ago, I took my water from horrible green swamp water to mostly clear pool water. It went well. However.. There is...

    Started by Bosch232‎, 05-24-2016 07:56 AM
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    06-19-2016 05:02 PM Go to last post
  8. cya levels

    I opened my pool this year to NO cya, as usual. What used to be a 2 pound bottle is now down to 1.45 pounds. I added with the sock method. How...

    Started by dalejanus‎, 06-02-2016 03:45 AM
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    06-08-2016 08:57 PM Go to last post
  9. PH Levels after Newly Plastered Pool

    Hello All, I've seen lots of good threads regarding this subject. But, here's my issue/question. I had my pool replastered with an exposed...

    Started by markphin‎, 08-24-2015 11:34 AM
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    05-31-2016 12:41 PM Go to last post
  10. just checked the pool and no chlorine

    I live in Syracuse NY and almost every year I open the my in ground L shaped pool it is a green mess. This year I decided to check it early before...

    Started by pettinej‎, 03-27-2016 10:27 PM
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    04-26-2016 10:58 AM Go to last post
  11. Getting Calcium Levels Right

    I have a midnight blue, 10,000 gallon, gunite pool that is 2 years old. It's had turned completely white or maybe I should say whiteish gray from...

    Started by jmarcum‎, 03-08-2016 07:37 PM
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    03-22-2016 12:49 AM Go to last post
  12. BleachCalc program won't run on Win10

    Has anyone else reported that the "BleachCalc" program is not running on Win10 computer? I haven't run the program since upgrading from Win 7 to...

    Started by CountryBumkin‎, 01-09-2016 11:04 AM
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    01-11-2016 11:49 AM Go to last post
  13. Smells bleachy but...

    I've been using my TAylor kit and my ph is avg 7.4-7.5 and cl is slowly dropping to 6 but the water smells bleachy. I do the BBB method. I've tested...

    Started by cdingess‎, 07-28-2015 09:43 PM
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    08-01-2015 10:29 AM Go to last post
  14. Chlorine level - too low - but why???


    Started by FRANCIS‎, 05-26-2015 08:05 PM
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    zero chlorine
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    07-29-2015 12:11 PM Go to last post
  15. CH in a vinyl lined pool

    I have an inground pool with a vinyl liner. I've been doing regular testing with my numbers in "acceptable" ranges all summer. Recently I started...

    Started by beaverplt‎, 07-24-2015 05:50 PM
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    07-24-2015 08:25 PM Go to last post
  16. Benchmarking a possibly-expired test kit

    I have a test kit that I'm told to replace after a year, and from the chlorine test results, that seems like a something I might need to do. The cost...

    Started by Whetstone613‎, 06-09-2015 04:54 PM
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    benchmarking, expired reagents
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    07-10-2015 08:28 AM Go to last post
  17. cya sock method very slow

    Hi, tested cya for first time, the black dot never disappeared which I guess means less than 30. I put 2 pounds in a heavy athletic sock in the...

    Started by vinouspleasure‎, 07-06-2015 08:33 PM
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    07-07-2015 10:57 AM Go to last post
  18. phosphates high? ph low

    15x32' rectangle 19K gal IG vinyl pool We opened the pool today and the water is crystal clear, I am running the filter and I haven't put anything...

    Started by mrszaff‎, 06-08-2014 06:32 PM
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    06-30-2015 09:03 PM Go to last post
  19. First time opening pool since joining this forum

    Hi all, Spring is taking forever to warm up here is Wisconsin and I'm finally able to open my pool. Last year I learned more from this forum than I...

    Started by beaverplt‎, 05-16-2015 10:46 AM
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    06-30-2015 04:32 PM Go to last post
  20. Shelf life of K-2006 elements

    I have had my k-2006 Taylor kit since July 2011, thanks to your recommendation. What is the shelf life of the elements. I have replace the DPD...

    Started by nepsa‎, 06-17-2015 06:50 PM
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    06-17-2015 07:35 PM Go to last post

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