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Old 03-26-2008, 06:51 AM
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where to buy ph kit?

where should i buy, best deal for a soil ph kit?
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:50 AM
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What are you looking to test for?
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:57 AM
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ph levels in soil?
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:00 AM
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ph levels in soil?
Obvious answer to the stupid question. For some reason I was seeing "nutrients" instead of pH.

If you don't need to be all that accurate, use the cheap pH kit you can get at just about any pool supply store.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:15 AM
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What are you looking to test for?
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:41 PM
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thanks i've never been in a pool store amybe get a new eight ball while i'm there.
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Old 03-29-2008, 07:13 AM
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The problem with ALL inexpensive pH meters and test kits is that they will measure the pH of the water you used to make the slurry, not of the soil. I tried using a RapidTest pH meter, but the resilts were all the same... 6.7 to 6.8 every time. So, I tried the little test kit, with the capsules also made by RapidTest... same thing.

I had used a very good pH meter for my beer brewing hobby, and bought another one for soil testing, made by Hanna Instruments, the pHep 5 model. It's a bit pricey at a little under $100, but the results corelate to my soil test results from Cornell very closely, within 0.1 in 6 instances.

I test pH for free, both as a tool to determine if a soil amendment is in order, but also as a sales tool. I can do the test right in front of the customer. If the pH is good, I tell them they just saved some money. This is something they have never seen an LCO do before, and generally are quite impressed. It also lends credibility for other services I may recommend.
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:45 AM
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I use the 694 it cost 27 dollars for 200+ tests http://www.orbeco.com/rahmen/soiltesters_rahmen.html
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:12 AM
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I use the 694 it cost 27 dollars for 200+ tests http://www.orbeco.com/rahmen/soiltesters_rahmen.html
694 looks like a good deal for 27.00
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Old 03-29-2008, 10:32 AM
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In the organics forum, pH is only one piece of the puzzle. There are other variables that can affect pH other than sticking a probe in the ground, getting a reading, and adding lime. Soil testing would be a better method of knowing what's going on with the soil. It's cheap in most cases, and an easy upsell.
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