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    Wow! I'da never thunk so many would interpret it as either/or.

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    I guess the OP could have taken it the wrong way also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ditttohead View Post
    Be careful using a vacuum on a tank. See picture for explanation of why.

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    Ja, I have warned people in the past that what you show can happen when they want to add a booster pump after a pressure tank, softener, or iron filter.
    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...l=1#post339249

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    Wow! indeed. How thick are the sidewalls in those tanks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLigetfa View Post
    Wow! I'da never thunk so many would interpret it as either/or.
    I guess the OP could have taken it the wrong way also.

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    You had this "Assuming it is not one of the reverse flowing type, that should push the water down through the bottom basket and up the tube." between the air part sentence and the vac sentence.
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    Classic mistake in writing 101... know your audience.

    I do technical writing in my field and need to be reminded of that from time to time.

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    The audience here will remind you everytime. LOL

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    This pictures just look PAINFUL!!! My tank is suppose to be stainless steel but I wonder if it is that way all they way through...
    But as you can see Fiberglass does not do well in compression...
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    Well, I just got done draining the resin tank using one of the above prescribed methods. I have an old (30+ years) Shop Vac with the capability of moving the hose to the outlet side. Try to find one on the market today that has that....not sure why they did away with that feature. But, I digress! I used this vacuum to apply pressure to the inlet on the softener head and used another vacuum to suck the water from the outlet. Worked like a charm. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by batman71 View Post
    Well, I just got done draining the resin tank using one of the above prescribed methods. I have an old (30+ years) Shop Vac with the capability of moving the hose to the outlet side. Try to find one on the market today that has that....not sure why they did away with that feature. But, I digress! I used this vacuum to apply pressure to the inlet on the softener head and used another vacuum to suck the water from the outlet. Worked like a charm. Thanks!

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    I don't know of any household vacuums that blow as well as suck, either. Looks like a conspiracy.

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    I've seen shop-vacs with a removable powerhead so you can use it as a leaf blower. I'm guessing it would suck and blow at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLigetfa View Post
    Classic mistake in writing 101... know your audience.

    I do technical writing in my field and need to be reminded of that from time to time.
    IMO the teacher is only as good as the student.... In this case I'm glad to see that Batman got'er done and the tank should be lighter. Although I do wonder how he knew when to stop so as to not blow/suck resin up in the valve and out of the tank. Also IMO, he will see if this created any problems after he installs the softener in his new place.
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    Since the blowing and sucking was purportedly all in the forward direction, no resin would have been harmed during filming the movie.

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