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    GE at Home Depot?
    Search Results for*water softener*at The Home Depot

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_416874-43353...ners&facetInfo=

    Water district says 6.14 grains/gallon (Moderately hard.)

    Something I can install myself.
    Wife and I are only occupants.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Robert Gift; 03-10-2014, 05:01 PM. Reason: added Lowe's link and 6.14 grains
    I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
    It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
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    Re: Water softener recommendation?

    they're ok. but as with any diy, you get what you pay for.

    what about repair parts? durability of connectors? how much plastic? will you need a pressure reducing valve? how much chlorine is in the water?
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    ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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    • #3
      Re: Water softener recommendation?

      Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
      they're ok. but as with any diy, you get what you pay for.
      what about repair parts? durability of connectors? how much plastic? will you need a pressure reducing valve? how much chlorine is in the water?
      Don't complicate things with facts!
      (I don't detect much chlorine in our water. But much minerals.)
      I am wondering if these are a good buy for the money.
      I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
      It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
      "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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      • #4
        Re: Water softener recommendation?

        I use the Fleck 5600sxt, had good results with them.
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        • #5
          Re: Water softener recommendation?

          Originally posted by Robert Gift View Post
          Don't complicate things with facts!
          (I don't detect much chlorine in our water. But much minerals.)
          I am wondering if these are a good buy for the money.
          have a water test done - hardness, chlorine, ph. these are the basics and you can then decide on the softener system you need. anything else is just guessing and will disappoint.
          ~~

          ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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          • #6
            Re: Water softener recommendation?

            Originally posted by Plumber Punky View Post
            have a water test done - hardness, chlorine, ph. .
            Thank you.
            Water district says 6.14 grains/gallon (Moderately hard.) I never asked chlorine and pH.
            I'd take an educated guess - but I'm unqualified.
            It ain't just soot, it's paydirt.
            "I swear, wherever Gift goes, argument follows." -Youtube comment

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            • #7
              Re: Water softener recommendation?

              Hello,

              I recommend installing a Watts whole house water softener with a Fleck on it. If you are in Colorado, then you most likely have Chloramine in the water. It is breaking down plastics and rubber products much faster than chlorine. I have been installing a Catyltic Carbon filter about 1.5 cubic feet in one tank before the softeners. This will filter out the Chlroamine, chlorine and makes the wage taste great. Costs are around $1,200.00 for everything. There are many dealers around in your area.
              "don't put that in your mouth, you don't know where it's been"

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              • #8
                Re: Water softener recommendation?

                He crap from Home Depot is crap, steer well clear of it. You can get a fleck unit online for about the same money and it will last many many more years however, you need an accurate water test to properly size the unit. Sizing is everything when it comes to softeners.
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                • #9
                  Re: Water softener recommendation?

                  Originally posted by Robert Gift View Post
                  Thank you.
                  Water district says 6.14 grains/gallon (Moderately hard.) I never asked chlorine and pH.
                  6 is soft where I come from. I have 26 and the neighbors have 32.

                  chlorine/chloramine and ph are really the biggest offenders when it comes to city water. too much chlorine and a low ph will eat up watwer softener parts/fittings and the resin inside.
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                  ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                  • #10
                    Re: Water softener recommendation?

                    I agree with the other guys, Big Box is junk, Fleck is a good head as is Clack. I doubt you have any iron with city water, so that shouldn't be a concern.

                    If you have Chlorimine, you would do yourself a favor by doing what Plumbingbyjay said about the Carbon Filter in front of the softener. I don't know how many brands of Carbon are out there that will remove Chlorine, Ammonia and Fluoride (Chlorimine) so you will have to specify what you want according to what you have. Just plain Chlorine, can be removed by the less expensive Carbon.

                    I also agree on the 6 being soft. Not completely soft, but close enough to lather real well.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Water softener recommendation?

                      I've had great luck with Marlo softeners, they can be ordered with either the fleck or the clack head
                      No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Water softener recommendation?

                        Originally posted by speedbump View Post
                        ... and Fluoride (Chlorimine) ...

                        There are filters for both chloramine and fluoride, but they are different chemicals.
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                        ... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder

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                        • #13
                          Re: Water softener recommendation?

                          There are filters for both chloramine and fluoride, but they are different chemicals.
                          You can get a mix to do the job. They all go in the same tank. I don't get real technical with the brand names. I just ask for what I want and let the supplier figure it out.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Water softener recommendation?

                            I agree with Speed. Stay out of the box store junk.. Fleck is a good brand, the Clack WS1 metered is my favorite controller, BUT, you won't be able to buy one online. Some suppliers are wholesale only or will sell to a diy at a higher cost. Still worth it once you know what you need. A metered softener will regenerate when needed saving you salt and water $$$. The Clack is bulletproof and very easy to program or work on.

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