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    Default Question How's this Filter setup

    I am hooking up a VU-Flow filter,
    this is for a well that occasionally has sand
    problems during droughts.
    location is northern Florida

    Pressure tank is in a storage room
    off the garage

    Pipe Sizes are
    1" galv out of pressure tank
    3/4 Galv then to 3/4 copper
    with 1" PVC male fitting threaded into the
    3/4 galv pipe

    Was wondering if this setup is ok the way it is
    or is there a better way to hook in the PVC
    sediment filter
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    Can't comment on filter, but will ask "why use galvanized?". It will rust eventually leading to problems, whereas most other things won't.
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    Dittos on what Jim said, IMO galvanized should be outlawed for potable water use but.... how are you getting "sand" out of the pressure tank? And why not drain'n flush the tank once in awhile instead of filtering the water that comes out of it? Or work on getting the sand out of the well?
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    I've never been able to get threaded PVC fittings to not leak.

    I would recommend staying with PVC and then using a PVC to brass or copper coupler.
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    >why use galvanized

    The library books I checked out on plumbing
    said the pipes you can use cpvc, copper, galvanized.

    The reason I went with Galv was my Aunt stores lawn tools
    in this room and I thought the galv would be better in case
    a shovel might hit it.

    I haven't connected anything up yet so I can still switch
    to something else. So would CPVC or copper be the
    thing to use?

    >why not drain'n flush the tank once in awhile instead

    The Well guy said to do that too, there is a coupling on the back
    of the tank but not the front so I will have to cut the copper
    to get the tank out and will install a coupler on the front.
    Since I am cutting the copper I thought it would be a good
    time to stick a sediment filter on so when the tank
    starts to fill up with sand, we would know it's time to flush
    the tank out again. before the sand gets into the plumbing
    system and screws up the faucet seals.

    >Or work on getting the sand out of the well?

    My Aunt has had a few Well guys come out and the general
    consensus is with Floridas water table bouncing around, that
    amount of sand was normal, and since the pump is
    22 years old that it would be a waste of money to pull the
    pump out and to wait till it starts to die then replace the pump
    and rework the well.

    >I would recommend staying with PVC and then using
    >a PVC to brass or copper coupler.

    I didn't know that existed, I asked the guy at the
    plumbing store the best way to connect PVC to copper
    and he recommended the PVC threaded male adapter
    would I be able to get this (PVC to brass coupler )
    at Home Depot or Lowes?

    Here are some pictures of the front and back of
    pressure tank a friend of my Aunts replaced it
    13 years ago it was a little different size and he had
    to use bricks to get it at the right height

    Thanks for the advice so far
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    Well, since it appears to be a done deal, all we are arguing now is academic. I would never use galvanized for any water plumbing including drains. For me, copper is the only way to go for potable water and PVC or ABS for drains. I wouldn't use CPVC for anything unless I had minerals in the water that would attack copper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mswanson View Post
    The reason I went with Galv was my Aunt stores lawn tools in this room and I thought the galv would be better in case
    a shovel might hit it.
    If it were mine, I'd use sch 40 PVC, and break anyone's arm if they hit my plumbing but...You have to hit sch 40 very hard to break it.

    Quote Originally Posted by mswanson View Post
    The Well guy said to do that too, there is a coupling on the back of the tank but not the front so I will have to cut the copper to get the tank out and will install a coupler on the front.
    Sorry, with the height of the inlet and outlet on that tank, you can't drain teh bottom off; without taking the tank out and dumping it and I doubt you can get everything out of it doing that. I'd put a new precharged bladder tank with a tank tee set up in for her. It will take up less space and you can get rid of most of the galvanized.

    BTW, pumps that pump water with sand in it don't lest 20+ years.
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