thanks for your support to this thread. I have learned enough about water softeners from reading your dialog.
i would like to propose my situation to you and have you tell me which of your systems is reasonable for my project.
i want soft water in my hunting cabin. one person once or twice a week during the duck hunting season. little or no use outside of the months october to march.
the worst case useage condition will be when i take a shower. a typical shower 15 minutes and no other water useage in the cabin. other than that i will be washing dishes after dinner. i think worst case would be 3 gal/min in the shower for 15 minutes.
the water is quite hard though greater than 425ppm (25 grains i guess). No iron.
this is really a low useage environment with very hard water. And long periods of non-use.
i was going to just purchase a salt system(30k grain) like Kenmore or GE but after reading this forum i'm not sure now.
please let me know your recommendation for this application.
cost is an issue and l would like to keep cost under $400 if possible. i don't think the cost of salt is a big issue to me.
thanks for your response.
steve in southern CA