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    DIY Senior Member abikerboy's Avatar
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    Gary. Just visited your site, and was looking at the calculations for a water softener. I dont quite understand how to use this. I did the water sf rating test, and the most that I can get from a bathtub is 5 gpm. Anyway, as of now, it's just me living in my home, but I would like to size for my home to cover future expansion. I have 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, automatic washer, dishwasher, and disposer. I have not had a recent test done as of yet to calculate hardness, and am just trying to get a ballpark figure of what I can expect. I will have a full water test done prior to purchasing any equipment. I do know from past tests that the calcium and mineral levels (limestone, and minor iron) are high. Also, which would you recommend..Clack, or Fleck? I am on a private well and septic system, if this makes any diff, however I will not be discharging backwash into my septic system.
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    abikerboy, Not Gary S but knowing the hardness may be important for sizing. Do you plan to get married and have kidlets running around? Most homes that I sell and service have a 30 or 40,000 grain unit. If you think it will just be you and a wife with friends now and then a 30,000 should be fine. They both will take the same head. The difference is only how often they will regenerate and if you will run out of soft water B4 it does. Both soften the water the same. The total # of gallons of soft water available B4 regeneration will depend a lot on hardness. What is the well pressure switch set at? That will be telling the GPM. Most softeners need a minimum of 30 PSI constant to work correctly so if your well switch is set at 20-40 it needs to be changed. We have a few homes out here that have in excess of 40 grains hardness per gallon on city water not a well. Thats high. Personally, if you have the room for it, I would just go for the 40,000 grain as the $$$ difference is negligible.
    Last edited by Cass; 10-01-2006 at 05:30 AM.

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    That's all folks! Gary Slusser's Avatar
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    Bikerboy, when you get your water analysis done, call me and I can go over everything with you then.
    Gary Slusser Retired (= out of business)
    Click Here to learn how to correctly size or program a water softener.
    CAUTION, as of Nov 12 2013 all YouTube videos showing how to rebuild a Clack valve have an error in them that can cause damage.


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