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    There's also an issue with the water level; it's...

    There's also an issue with the water level; it's lower (from the seat) than in the "normal" toilets. This is very noticeable for some of us, particularly when half awake, sitting down in the middle...
  2. Where's that "Like" button when we need it?

    Where's that "Like" button when we need it?
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    Assmuing there was no treatment prior to...

    Assmuing there was no treatment prior to installing this softener, it's possible there's just residual iron in the plumbing. What kind of plumbing is it, how old, etc.? Maybe chlorination or other...
  4. Looking forward to the answer!

    Looking forward to the answer!
  5. I (another amateur) agree with Reach4 -- it's...

    I (another amateur) agree with Reach4 -- it's most likely water hammer, and has nothing to do with the sewage pipes. Look for any fixture with a fast-closing valve, like toilets, dishwashers, washing...
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    Someeday I'm going to run across the guy who...

    Someeday I'm going to run across the guy who started this "icons instead of words" in things like displays and instruction manuals, and he's dead meat.
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    Looks good to me.

    Looks good to me.
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    Never mind.

    Never mind.
  9. Right -- I have a rain gauge that's no longer...

    Right -- I have a rain gauge that's no longer transparent from sitting in the FL sun for 5 years. OTOH, the only alternative is really glass, which is impractical and expensive.
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    I have a similar situation....

    I have a similar situation. Well->Chlorination->GAC->Softener->Home (CPVC). Everything's been fine for several years, but recently I noticed a funky odor on the hot side of one bathroom faucet ("my"...
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    Wrong again; story of my life... That makes...

    Wrong again; story of my life...


    That makes sense; normally the shutoff is as close to the entry point of the main as possible.
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    No link...

    No link...
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    I'll bet the water main line coming into the...

    I'll bet the water main line coming into the house was oriented so that the softener loop presented the incoming water on the left side. If so, it would be natural for the handyperson to plumb it...
  14. I'm guessing that "50% freeboard" means 50% of...

    I'm guessing that "50% freeboard" means 50% of the depth of the resin, not 50% of the tank. I'm also guessing you don't count the depth of the underbed, because it doesn't fluff up much during the...
  15. I use a spun filter following the contact tank to...

    I use a spun filter following the contact tank to get rid of the slimed red ferric iron. Lakos says their filter shouldn't be used in "chemically treated" waters, and I'm not sure the -140 filter...
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    Sure you can. Assuming an 8-foot ceiling, just...

    Sure you can. Assuming an 8-foot ceiling, just plumb up, down, and repeat until you've built a 10-foot run. Will only take a couple of inches of horizontal space.
  17. Good point. When I bought this house, it had been...

    Good point. When I bought this house, it had been built about 18 years prior, and the (electric) water heater wouldn't drain a drop (untreated shallow well water). A couple years later, I replaced...
  18. That would work but where does the cleaning fluid...

    That would work but where does the cleaning fluid go? Ideally, you'd like to recirculate it through the pipes for a while, then dump it and refill the pipes with fresh water. I'd first cross-connect...
  19. You could do that with a bit of plumbing at each...

    You could do that with a bit of plumbing at each fixture, along the lines of the several hot-water recirculating systems out there.
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    I think there's a difference between a T and a...

    I think there's a difference between a T and a "sanitary T" and you should use the latter, but I'm no expert.
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    Get a comprehensive water test before you try to...

    Get a comprehensive water test before you try to fix anything.
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    I had a PA unit, replaced it with a 1.6 gal Drake...

    I had a PA unit, replaced it with a 1.6 gal Drake about 4 years ago, and have never regretted it.
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    You're in luck; low-current 12VAC transformers...

    You're in luck; low-current 12VAC transformers are a dime-a-dozen. Only problem will be matching the plug to the receptacle.
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    That's what the media would have you believe. I...

    That's what the media would have you believe. I was going to ask if all the drought talk is impacting the use of water treatment in California. I know some municipalities outlaw backwashing devices...
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    Yeah, just saying "bleach" opens up a large can...

    Yeah, just saying "bleach" opens up a large can of worms. There was talk of benzene being in some bleaches, everyone's trying fancy scents (including Clorox, who specifically advise not using scented...
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