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    Tightened the nuts at the bottom of the tank. I...

    Tightened the nuts at the bottom of the tank. I forget I had only hand tightened them. I'm a nut for not realizing that. Not tightening them is the obvious explanation. Thanks.

    By the way, I...
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    I finally found the exact gasket. However, there...

    I finally found the exact gasket. However, there is a very small leak along one of the bolts which I can see through the tank-bowl gap. I don't want to over tighten the blots. What is the best...
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    I finally found a tank-bowl gasket for a Gerber...

    I finally found a tank-bowl gasket for a Gerber toilet. It's a little higher than the one from the flush valve replacement kit and fits snugly over the threaded plastic pipe, but it is not shaped to...
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    New tank-bowl gasket doesn't seal

    I have a Gerber brand toilet. I bought a new universal toilet fill valve (Fluidmaster 400A) and a toilet flush valve kit (Oatey #459-269). The box says it has a double thick sponge rubber gasket. ...
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    Low spot in back yard got lower

    In the back yard, by the back fence, a roughly 6'x10' area of ground seems to have dropped or settled a few inches. It's next a pole with underground power/phone/cable. There is an ice/water puddle...
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    My main concern is that the installer did not...

    My main concern is that the installer did not overlook something significant that might be a problem sooner than later. Everything seems to be working fine. It seems if the resin does expand some...
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    The Clack service manual shows that up-flow...

    The Clack service manual shows that up-flow injectors two sizes down from down-flow injectors for the same diameter tank with a footnote to the table I hadn't noticed. It says for up-flow using...
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    Ditttohead, I sent you a message.

    Ditttohead, I sent you a message.
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    OK. I think I understand the pressure issue. I...

    OK. I think I understand the pressure issue. I looked at page 38 of the document. I have similar graphs for the Clack valve. I also looked at the backwash bed expansion graph for the resin I...
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    I understand there are special applications that...

    I understand there are special applications that require more elaborate systems to provide highly softened water. My questions are more basic about what happens inside a basic home softener.

    The...
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    Ditttohead, thanks for the detailed response. I...

    Ditttohead, thanks for the detailed response. I still have some questions if you don't mind.

    OK. I think I understand why there is no pre-backwash with up-flow. Hardness accumulated near the...
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    I have an up-flow Clack valve and have a couple...

    I have an up-flow Clack valve and have a couple questions, if you don't mind, others can respond as well.


    How is there any difference between up-flow and down-flow concerning pressure during...
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    I was speaking from the knowledge of my Clack...

    I was speaking from the knowledge of my Clack valve with estimated reserve calculation. I think most metered systems are electronic and have a reserve feature. But metered or not, electronic or...
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    They can be programmed to regenerate that way,...

    They can be programmed to regenerate that way, but are typically programmed to regenerate at a fixed time of day, usually early morning, like 2AM, after they hit their programmed "max" minus some...
  15. What kind of problem with a water well would...

    What kind of problem with a water well would cause its water to increase so much in hardness as to make blended water much harder? Is it something happening within the aquifer or something with the...
  16. Some of your comments, it seemed, could have been...

    Some of your comments, it seemed, could have been directed at testing well water. I was just suggesting that the city could still have aquifer data that could be applicable.
  17. When the "big box" store tested my 18 gpg city...

    When the "big box" store tested my 18 gpg city water and got a reading of 50 at one time, I wondered if someone might have diluted the stuff in the "drop counting" bottle. I hope no softener dealer...
  18. The original poster mentioned he has his own...

    The original poster mentioned he has his own well, but I am assuming the city water department should still know what aquifer he is on and in what range the hardness should be. I would probably...
  19. I had my water (softened and not softened) tested...

    I had my water (softened and not softened) tested a few times before getting a new softener and a couple times after. I would think softener dealers should be able to test it for free. Sears will...
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    You know, they have tire air pressure sensors in...

    You know, they have tire air pressure sensors in cars now to warn you when your tires are getting low.

    Are there sensors to detect when treated water is starting to get hard just before...
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    Yes. But what does Culligan (or others) do about...

    Yes. But what does Culligan (or others) do about it? If a customer happens to notice hard water, does Culligan sell them a new softener when it's just a failing sensor?

    Can the sensors be...
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    How do customers get shafted? You buy the...

    How do customers get shafted? You buy the softener from Culligan. They install it. Maybe they deliver salt. What happens beyond that?
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    I figured they were gimmicky or they would likely...

    I figured they were gimmicky or they would likely be much more common.

    I found a Culligan manual that answered a number of my questions. (Their programming seems much more complicated than...
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    Ah. So, when there's a problem with an...

    Ah. So, when there's a problem with an aquasensor I figure a goat sacrifice should fix it. :D
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    How do aquasensors work?

    Do softeners with aquasensors, and water meters, just measure/calculate hardness that passes into the softener? Are the sensors part of the valve? Where and when exactly do they sense? I would...
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