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Old Feb 18th 2010, 2:41 pm
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I hope I am right to separate this from my other thread about chlorine shock in fibreglass pools.
Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on pool testing kit? I have seen one recommended via the "Free Beer" and other threads - the ColorQ Pro7EX - but it is around £120 (yes, that's right - one hundred and twenty of my English pounds!). That said, it seems to cover tests for just about everything - chlorine, PH, worms, you name it! At the other end of the scale I have seen electronic meters for just chlorine/PH, where you just dip them in the water and get an electronic readout on ebay for about £10. I have a friend who used the "water samples in a bottle", compared against a colour chart and he seems perfectly happy with that (and his pool is always mint so it must be right).
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I just check for Ph using the red liquid ( Phenolphthalein ? ) and chuck chlorine in as recomended on the box. I find the chlorine colour test to be so wishywashy as to be useless.
Minimal problems in 20 + yrs. cost very little.
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Old Feb 18th 2010, 6:39 pm
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The cheapest method is to use the bottles BUT buy them from a pool shop and every three months or so, take a sample along to the pool shop and ask them to analyse it properly - even if they charge you a fiver a time you would be quids n. My pool shop don't charge me but I buy chemicals etc there

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Don't waste your hard earned quids m8!
You have mentioned my clean pool and I have always used the cheap bottle and liquid testers.
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I´ve used various kits over the years and agree that the little test bottles are as good as anything. However, for the last couple of years I haven´t used any. I´ve found that as long as you keep the pool well chlorined, you don´t need any kind of kits. If the pool begins to look a little cloudy, just give it an extra dose of chlorine, leave the filter on for 24 hours, and it will go back to normal. The PH shouldn´t change unless for example, you´ve refilled the pool and maybe the water that you put in needs to be balanced.
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We have a salt water fiberglass pool, what should we use?
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I´ve used various kits over the years and agree that the little test bottles are as good as anything. However, for the last couple of years I haven´t used any. I´ve found that as long as you keep the pool well chlorined, you don´t need any kind of kits. If the pool begins to look a little cloudy, just give it an extra dose of chlorine, leave the filter on for 24 hours, and it will go back to normal. The PH shouldn´t change unless for example, you´ve refilled the pool and maybe the water that you put in needs to be balanced.

I used to test mine every week, but only do it monthly now unless something looks untoward. Rarely have problems (use the bottle tests about €3.50 a kit), but when I do I can generally see it in my water (if you see what I mean )
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Chlorine generally lowers the Ph value of the pool.
Therefore it will be necessary to occasionally use an alkaline chemical ( incrementor? ) to bring the Ph up to an acceptable level
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The bottles have a life of about 6 months - for a fiver is the cost really important. If you look after only the one pool then it perhaps a different matter to looking after 10+. However the kit can give advanced warning of a problem - simpler and cheaper to correct.

Use the same kit for Salt water pools chlorine level and PH should be within the norm

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Originally Posted by Wendy Nesbeth View Post
We have a salt water fiberglass pool, what should we use?
That is the combination we have too. It is in a bad way at the moment as it has not been used for a couple of years. We will spark it up when we come over in a couple of weeks. What is the routine you use for yours re salt replacement, running pumps etc?
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Originally Posted by SUPERPOT View Post
Don't waste your hard earned quids m8!
You have mentioned my clean pool and I have always used the cheap bottle and liquid testers.
You are the master - I shall learn first hand when we see you in a couple of weeks, O Great Pool Guru!
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