Contents of TF-100 test kit:
- R-0014 - 0.75oz dropper bottle
- R-0600 - 0.75oz dropper bottle
- TF Comparator Block (for R-0014 pH testing and R-0600 OTO chlorine testing)
- R-0007 – 1 oz dropper bottle
- R-0008 – 1 oz dropper bottle (dark green fluid)
- R-0009 – 1 oz dropper bottle
- R-0010 – 1 oz dropper bottle
- R-0011L – 1 oz dropper bottle (dark blue fluid)
- R-0012 – 1 oz dropper bottle
- CYA View Tube with black dot at bottom of tube
- R-0003 – ¾ oz dropper bottle
- R-0870 - 10g small white jar*
- R-0871 – 2 oz white dropper bottle
- Graduated Cylinders (2)
- R-0013 – 8oz bottle (remove protective seal to dispense)
- Red Tipped CYA Mixing Bottle (please cut off top 1/8” of tip)
- Small Blue Scoop (hold flat end and use scoop end)
*The R-0870 DPD powder jar contains a full 10 grams. The jar is intentionally oversized to prevent spilling when you scoop powder from the jar.
What add-ons do I need?
You might consider adding a Smart Stir or Taylor SpeedStir to your TF-100 (one is already included in all TF-Pro kits) if you are new to managing your pool and want testing to be as simple as possible. These magnetic stirring devices save you a significant amount of time by mixing your testing instantly and more consistently than swirling your cylinders by hand.
You might consider adding the SLAM Option, which includes additional R-0870 DPD powder and R-0871 FAS/DPD reagent, to your kit if you are fighting an active algae problem. The additional reagents will offset the more frequent testing you will perform as part of the SLAM process (Shock, Level, and Maintain).
You might consider adding Taylor borates test strips to your kit if you choose to utilize optional borates in your pool. More information regarding the use of borates can be found here on Trouble Free Pool.
You might consider adding Taylor salt test strips to your kit if your pool or spa utilizes a saltwater chlorine generator. Drop-based tests for salt (included in TF-Pro Salt and TF-100 Salt) are more accurate, reliable, and cost efficient. However, there is no denying the simplicity and ease of using a test strip, which is why we offer both drop-based tests and test strips for salt.
You might consider adding a pH meter to your kit to speed up your daily testing. The pH meter, once calibrated, provides an accurate pH reading in a few seconds. Using the pH meter rather than performing the R-0014 phenol red pH test (included in all kits) saves you significant amounts of time. Reserve the included buffer solutions for future recalibration to keep your pH meter operating perfectly.
You might consider adding the Standard Sampler to your kit if you are a newcomer to drop-based testing and want to verify that your methods and results are accurate and free of interference. Standard solutions take the place of your pool water and contain known water parameter levels, as opposed to your pool water which is unknown until tested. The standard solutions can also assist with the more subjective pH test and CYA test, demonstrating the expected color or turbidity endpoint so you know how to read your testing perfectly.
The TF-100 contains 7 tests
Each test is designed to help you understand the condition of your pool water. Combined, these tests give you a perfect "picture" of your water. The results will let you know, even if your pool is perfectly clear, that you may need to make some adjustments to keep it that way.
The tests are:
- Chlorine Test (OTO) - Daily qualitative test that is very reliable for detecting the presence of chlorine in your pool, rather than the quantity. The most common cause of pool water problems is lack of chlorine.
- pH Test - This important parameter of your pool water should be tested daily. Too high and you can form calcium deposits (scaling). Too low and you can damage your equipment.
- Chlorine Test (FAS/DPD) - This test measures free chlorine VERY precisely, even up to 50ppm+. This test separates our kit from cheaper "bargain" kits and is invaluable when fighting an active algae problem.
- Combined Chloramines Test (CCs) - CCs are a good indicator of the need to SLAM your pool. This test can measure CCs accurately down to 0.2ppm.
- Calcium Hardness Test (CH) - measure the CH of your pool water and your fill water as well. This test allows you to control and manage this important parameter. Excessive calcium contributes to scaling and too little can damage plaster.
- Total Alkalinity Test (TA) - TA prevents sudden and drastic pH changes. This parameter has a large range of acceptable levels, but testing several times during the pool season is essential.
- Cyanuric Acid Test (CYA) - CYA protects your chlorine from sunlight. It must be kept at the proper levels to be effective. Again, the cheaper kits do not perform this essential test.
All packed carefully in a customizable, large plastic case, these kits come complete with all the chemistry and hardware you need. Thorough instructions will guide you through each test and provide you with guidelines to tell you what levels are acceptable.