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    The thing I was trying to describe is down at the...

    The thing I was trying to describe is down at the bottom of the draw tube in the brine tank. It's some sort of flow restrictor, but I don't understand it's purpose since this all seems to be taken...
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    Thanks guys. I assume the flow limiter you are...

    Thanks guys. I assume the flow limiter you are talking about is up in the valve/controller area, so the thing down in the tube in the brine tank is extraneous? It consists of a little ball that can...
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    Can you explain how the brine tank filling is...

    Can you explain how the brine tank filling is supposed to work? I ran two full cycles with all the junk in the brine tank removed (just straight pipe, though there is some sort of flow restrictor at...
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    Is it definitely drawing air? I could see...

    Is it definitely drawing air? I could see bubbles in the line that are not moving. The little canister is about 50% brine by volume when the ball comes down, maybe it's vacuum (there are some...
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    Yeah, there are two things which are hard to...

    Yeah, there are two things which are hard to describe in words. I'm not sure if all these things are built the same. Mine is like a J at the bottom. All the flow has to go through the short up...
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    No, it normally floats but sucks down to the...

    No, it normally floats but sucks down to the bottom in brine draw mode.



    Right when the draw cycle begins, the ball sucks down and there is maybe 3/4" of brine above it, the rest is air. The...
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    Trouble drawing brine

    I have an Autotrol 255 based system and it's been having trouble drawing brine. The symptom is that the air check at the valve sucks the ball down right away and nothing sucks in. I've found that...
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    I checked the reviews at the Home Depot site and...

    I checked the reviews at the Home Depot site and most people complained of leaking. So, it's a defective piece of crap...
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    New American Standard faucet leaking

    I'm installing a new American Standard single lever, single hole, bathroom faucet. It's a cool thing with a cable actuated stopper. I put it all in and it seemed to be working until I saw drips...
  10. Okay, the water heater answered my question. It...

    Okay, the water heater answered my question. It toggled down to the bottom element. Seems that the bottom element makes noise and the top one does not. That doesn't mean anything right?

    My main...
  11. GE electric water heater, lower element not in use?

    I installed a new GE 50 gallon electric water heater recently, replacing a very similar unit (not GE, and it lasted about 16 years). While it has been working, we've noticed we run out of hot water...
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    . Not sure what you mean. I just mean that it...

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    Not sure what you mean. I just mean that it seems like every time I replace something, the fittings are in a new place. In this instance the inlets/outlets were closer, making it impossible to...
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    Thanks. I think my newer ones are Moen from Home...

    Thanks. I think my newer ones are Moen from Home Depot or Lowes, the rest are 70's vintage originals. I'll try shutting them off one at a time to see what I can find. Does it hurt anything?
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    Cold water in hot water line

    I replaced my hot water heater this weekend, and all went well outside of the usual leaks and kinked hoses. One thing I noticed, however, is that water would flow out from the hot water pipes in the...
  15. Definitely not in bypass. The programming could...

    Definitely not in bypass. The programming could be wrong, but doesn't that just affect how often it regenerates?
  16. Should new softener resin need to be regenerated right away?

    I just installed a new softener with brand new resin out of the bag(s). It's in service and we're not really noticing any difference. I realize the hot water heater has a supply of hard water in it...
  17. Well, I decided to try it. I dug a big hole and...

    Well, I decided to try it. I dug a big hole and filled it with rocks. We'll see how it goes.
  18. Is it a bad idea to drain softener into the ground?

    I'm installing a softener and the install point is outside far away from any convenient drain. The Kinetico guy was going to go up onto the roof and drain into a vent. We live in the desert here...
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    What else does an on-demand meter do? Do you...

    What else does an on-demand meter do? Do you just use it like a timer?

    No, I didn't find the Mesa one.
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    This is a little off-topic, but wouldn't an...

    This is a little off-topic, but wouldn't an on-demand system (Fleck 5600 SXT) with only one tank virtually guarantee that it would try to regenerate in the middle of a shower or load of laundry, thus...
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    City water. I got the impression that the guy...

    City water. I got the impression that the guy did the measurements and asked questions, but in the end he had one unit to sell anyway. Maybe I misunderstood. If I could find a Kinetico for $1200...
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    Where do I go for a reconditioned unit? Dealer...

    Where do I go for a reconditioned unit? Dealer still? We had a Kinetico at our old house and we liked it, but I also like the idea of being able to do my own maintenance and repairs. The Kinetico...
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    You guys make it sound like it's not...

    You guys make it sound like it's not realistically possible to have an outdoor softener, even though people do it all the time around here. The plumbing is on the north side of the house, maybe...
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    Only the brine tank would get hot though, right? ...

    Only the brine tank would get hot though, right? I guess there's some water in with the beads, but that can be flushed out relatively quickly I'd expect. In any case, it's just the way they do it...
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    Yes, I'm liking the idea of getting a low voltage...

    Yes, I'm liking the idea of getting a low voltage unit with separate transformer. I can plug it in on the roof or inside the house and run it through an existing hole for cable TV.

    Now, any...
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