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    The hose bib take-off from the city raw water is only 6 feet from the filter/softener outlet. Shouldn't I join them with a full port three way valve to be able to select softened water at my hose bibs for washing the car, windows, skylights, etc?

    Would I be hopelessly optimisitic to think occasionally filling the hose bib copper pipes with softened water would have any effect on scale? They're new, not scaled yet.

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    Washing anything in softened water is preferable to washing it in hard water.

    It will take decades for your hard water to put down enough scale to cause any problem.
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    Yea, go ahead and run the bypass.
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    Why not simply install a couple of new hosebibs with hot and cold soft water? I have hosebibs with four different water types; raw unfiltered well water, iron filtered/unsoftened, iron filtered/softened hot and iron filtered/softened cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLigetfa View Post
    Why not simply install a couple of new hosebibs with hot and cold soft water? I have hosebibs with four different water types; raw unfiltered well water, iron filtered/unsoftened, iron filtered/softened hot and iron filtered/softened cold.
    Switching the hose bibs with a valve at the raw water junction is 6 feet of plumbing. You're suggestion is about 100 feet, although admittedly very convenient.

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