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    Ok. So do I need to worry about the resin that...

    Ok. So do I need to worry about the resin that is "contaminated" (got bits of other stuff - tile grout, dirt etc.)? Should I just try to avoid that stuff?
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    I presumed that after all this time it was ...

    I presumed that after all this time it was probably tired - used up, and needed to be replaced. I thought that because it was a salmon-egg orange colour that that was an indication that it was worn...
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    Now you tell me... ;-) This is more of a voyage...

    Now you tell me... ;-) This is more of a voyage of discovery exercise than a "how can I replace my softener as inexpensively as possible."

    I have done the flex test with the distributor tube. I...
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    Hi Skip. Thanks for the tip about he distributor...

    Hi Skip. Thanks for the tip about he distributor tube. I'll do that. I'm sure I can get this all together if I can just get the right materials. My first problems are; where do I get this stuff...
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    Hi Wally. The softener was out of service when I...

    Hi Wally. The softener was out of service when I bought the house. I plugged it in opened the valves and let 'er rip. The unit it's self appears to be about 25 years old. As near as I can...
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    Replacing resin

    Ok. I've done it. I've disassembled my water softener (cabinet model - see previous post here) cleaned it all out and removed the resin from the tank. It's a lovely orange colour (I don't think...
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    The pipe diameter I was referring to is the...

    The pipe diameter I was referring to is the copper water pipes going from the house into the softener and from the softener back into the house rather than the distributor pipe going from the valve...
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    One more detail which, from my reading seems to...

    One more detail which, from my reading seems to be important is that the inside pipe diameter going into and out of the valve is 3/4"
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    The red tag on the bottom of the valve body is a...

    The red tag on the bottom of the valve body is a serial number. There is also a white tag beside the red tag. It says Injector #1 (the #1 is hand written) and Drain flow 2.5 GPM (Again the 2.5 is...
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    My water comes from the Glenmore treatment plant....

    My water comes from the Glenmore treatment plant. Am I correct in concluding that my valve should be set for about 18gpg? I think that's the number that Gary suggested.
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    Thanks for this! With this tidbit and the link...

    Thanks for this! With this tidbit and the link to the manual for my current valve which I've now learned is a fleck 5600 econominder, I should be able to set up my current valve properly. I haven't...
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    Thank you to all who have posted in response to...

    Thank you to all who have posted in response to my inquiries. Clearly there are differing opinions about what is "best". My sense of things based on what I've gleaned so far from this forum and...
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    The OP in this case (me... ;-)) would side with...

    The OP in this case (me... ;-)) would side with Gary on this one. I'm a tech guy to begin with. The more tech the better ;-)

    I've done some investigation of all of the valves mentioned in this...
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    Here's a municiple website...

    Here's a municiple website http://www.calgary.ca/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_526005_0_0_18/Water+Hardness+FAQ.htm with information regarding water hardness in Calgary. Is that good enough? ...
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    Thanks for helping me out on this. Here's some...

    Thanks for helping me out on this.

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    I think I follow the bit about replacing the rezin. I'd remove the valve. Remove the bolts which hold on...
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    Thank you for the feedback it has been helpful. ...

    Thank you for the feedback it has been helpful. It sounds like the consensus is that there are better choices than Northstar. Apart from Akpsdvan's suggestion of refitting the unit I have (I...
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    Northstar water softener

    Hi. I'm new to the forum. I'm looking for a good water softener to replace a very old unit which was in the house I recently bought. I think it's working... It looks very old, it's timer based and...
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