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    Default Please help with water softener sizing

    Hello Everyone,
    My current water softener is just about shot. I need to order a new one pretty soon.
    Looking for advice on sizing. These are my test results from the county health department
    All results are ppm
    Chloride 26
    Flouride .37
    Hardness as CaCO3 370 (21.6 gpg)
    Iron 1.8
    Sodium 9
    Sulfate 76
    Manganese <.05
    PH 7.6
    Bacteria, nitrates, nitrites etc. are all 0

    We have 2 adults and 2 kids. We have 3 bathrooms. No big water hogs like hot tub etc.
    I have attempted to test my flow rate. Using the method described on budget water.com I came up with 13.55gpm.
    Using the bucket method I filled a 5 gallon bucket in 34 seconds. This was done at a hose bib in my softener room just after the pressure tank. This method results in about 9gpm

    I am comfortable with diy but have no plumbing experience. I am planning to order a softener online and assemble it myself. I plan to hire a local plumber or handyman to install the softener.

    Also considering an iron filter like filox, catalos etc.
    Any opinions on the best place to order?
    Thanks
    Last edited by ribs1; 02-12-2012 at 08:06 PM.

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