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    A summary of the facts:

    • Judging from the deposits in and on sinks, toilets, faucets, and tubs, I have pretty hard water
    • Recent water report: http://www.hhoh.org/images/huber/pdf...y2012final.pdf
    • Household of 3, 1 bath, 1 half bath
    • Previous house owner had a softener (took it with them), so a closed loop already exists for an install. I plan to do the install myself. Plumbing experience = water heater install
    • Existing piping is ĺ copper


    I spent several days looking into this about a year ago, and at that time, had pretty much decided on a 32000 or 40000 grain capacity Fleck 5600 or 5600SXT. At this point, I canít recall what percentage of that decision was based on research vs. a sales pitch.

    I plan to buy from Ohio Pure Water, mainly because they are right around the corner. Based on the information above, can someone recommend a system and options?

    http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/cu...me.php?cat=173

    I'm a pretty competent DIY'er.

    Thanks,

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    I did not see a hardness result. Get a Hach 5B test kit and give us an accurate hardnes test. The resut of the numbers look decent. A standard 56SXT is perfect for your application, the size is what is in question. We need to know the hardness to determine the correct size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditttohead View Post
    I did not see a hardness result. Get a Hach 5B test kit and give us an accurate hardnes test. The resut of the numbers look decent. A standard 56SXT is perfect for your application, the size is what is in question. We need to know the hardness to determine the correct size.
    Thanks for the info. I ordered it online straight from Hach. I'm assuming it'll be here sometime this week. I'll report back with results.

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    Got the Hach 5-b test. It took about 17 drops. Pretty hard.

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    Assuming 60 GPPPD, you could get a 48K, set it for 8 # of salt, and go 10 days between regens, using about 438 lbs of salt per year. Or set it for 6 # of salt, go about 9 days between regens, and use about 365 lbs of salt per year.

    Go with a smaller 32K system, and set it for 8#, and get about 7 days between regens and 417 lbs of salt per year. At 6# per regen, 5-6 days between regens and 438 lbs of salt again.

    If you pay a little more now for the bigger system, you will save salt over the long run, as well as put less waste salt out into the environment.

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    The first time I performed the test, I was a little rushed. I've performed it twice since and had to use about 23-24 drops each time before the solution turned blue. Not sure if these new results change anything...

    Any comments about the valve connection, resin or media gaurd options?

    http://www.ohiopurewater.com/shop/cu...cat=179&page=1

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    I think that you made a wise choice. Media guard you don't need, std resin is good and the valve connection is OK also. Good luck
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    18x33 brine tank uses more speace, but is definetly better. The Media guard is a great option, but they are prone to fail if they are not set up correctly and should be changed every 3-5 years. If you use the media guard, be sure the system has a 4 or 4.5 GPM DLFC button installed. The plumbing connectors are preference. You definetly want a bypass, the website doesnt state if it comes with a bypass. be sure to get the one that matches your plumbing size to make installation easier.

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