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View Poll Results: Do you wear gloves when you test your water?
Yes, because I don't want chemicals on my hands! 0 0%
Yes, because I am very cold! 0 0%
No, but I wash my hands afterward. 10 71.43%
No, because I don't care about the chemicals in such small quantities. 3 21.43%
No, because I don't have any gloves. 0 0%
None of the above 1 7.14%
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post #1 of 9 Old 01-01-2010, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
Question Poll: Do you wear gloves when you test your water?

Some of the bottles on my API water test kit say things like "corrosive" and "harmful" and the directions suggest to wear gloves. I don't. Do you?

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-02-2010, 02:18 PM
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I certainly do not
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-02-2010, 02:25 PM
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I don't wear gloves and just wash my hands after testing. Unless you have an open cut on your hand I wouldn't give it a second thought...

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-02-2010, 03:14 PM
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I think it is the same as most things in life; I always wash my hands before (plain water, no soap) and after (with soap) working on the tanks--there's all sorts of "stuff" in the tank water that shouldn't get inside us; same as after playing with the dog and before I handle food. With open abrasions as Kym said, be careful since all this stuff can enter the bloodstream directly. B.

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post #5 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 08:35 PM
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No, I don't. I don't really see the point-all you do with the chemicals is put a few drops into a tube. Seems a bit pointless, unless you have very shaky hands!
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post #6 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 08:39 PM
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Unless you have cuts and it gets into your blood stream you'll be ok
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
After the other replies, I don't feel bad not wearing gloves. I'm always so paranoid about chemicals.

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post #8 of 9 Old 01-04-2010, 09:59 PM
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I mean... I barely ever, IF ever get any on my hands... I noticed the ammonia test has the strongest smell... And also kinda oily if it does get on your skin I think.
I'm still here, so the API is skin contact safe ;)
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-05-2010, 01:02 AM
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heck no, ive been around pools for over 7 years with much more dangerous chems than these testers lol.

not a big deal just dont get it in your eyes, nose, mouth or blood.

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