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Old 06-23-2011, 11:10 AM   #16
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Question : Don't filter systems (IE water softeners, iron removal, ph balance, etc. etc. etc. . . . ) have an integral flow restriction device in them?



I think they might even be right around 7 GPM.


Why do you NEED more than 7.7 gpm that you state that you are getting in your original post?

The plan was to do one of these fancy multi-showerhead spa baths. This is beginning to go out of the window. Valve has 6 ports my flow would be tapped out at 3 and would lose flow/pressure afterward thus losing showering "experience."

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The Fleck 7000 will only display flow if it has a flow sensor...

...need for the "whole house carbon filter" with well water. If both of these filters are cartridge filters that could be a large part of your problem.

I have recommended sediment (doesn't affect much), iron (now proven not to affect much, backwashes), water softener (possible culprit, backwashes), whole house charcoal filter (added culprit, backwashes). When I purchased iron filter I thought I had flow added on.

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Old 06-28-2011, 02:09 PM   #17
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One thing I forgot, the run from water heater and from last water treatment is 60 feet to the faucet used most frequently. It's ran in 3/4" copper. Could this be creating too much head?

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One thing I forgot, the run from water heater and from last water treatment is 60 feet to the faucet used most frequently. It's ran in 3/4" copper. Could this be creating too much head?

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Depends on the flow rate out of your filter system. If you're only getting 7gpm out of the filters, you could run a 3" water line and still only be feeding the 3" line with 7gpm.
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Depends on the flow rate out of your filter system. If you're only getting 7gpm out of the filters, you could run a 3" water line and still only be feeding the 3" line with 7gpm.
Will bypass both the softener and the whole house charcoal and see what I get. I can press the up and extra cycle button and it will display gpm. Accuracy isn't what I am after only looking for an increase vs. no change.
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I did the Fleck 7000 flow test. With both the softener and charcoal filter running the flow by the iron filter was 9.0 gpm. The softener still displayed 7.8 to 8.0 gpm. After putting the softener on bypass the flow rate increased to 10.2 gpm on the iron filter.

Low an behold I bypass the whole house charcoal filter and the flow rate jumps to 12.2-12.5 gpm. Even more exciting was the pressure tank was able to start re-pressurizing at the 12.2 gpm flow rate.

I need to go ahead and get the reverse osmosis and remove/ replace the whole house charcoal filter. To do this right I need to get a new Fleck 7000 filter and softener.

As far as the luxury bath goes I have to see if I can design an experience around maybe 15 gpm and see if its worth that expense.
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Still waiting for reverse osmosis to arrive.
Once that is installed and running will see if whole house charcoal is even needed.

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Well, along with most of the Midwest we have been having a drought. Earlier this year I noticed water around the foundation penetration for the well. In the next few weeks while its dry I wanted to repair this and also enlarge the pipe. What is the minimum distance new penetration has to be away from the original, digging one hole single patch, or should I just aim to enlarge the current hole?

To pass a 1-1/4 copper pipe would need a core drill? I want to move the penetration to the left as the current penetration is right under the support for the heat pump condenser.
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More recent view. I'm also thinking bring tank up to level of penetration to eliminate the 90 degree ell. But "leave room" to install a second tank, just in case. As it is I may have to have an HVAC guy come out to pump refrigerant into condenser in order to move it to dig hole. Line enters immediately below HVAC suction lines...

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