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handyman92865 01-18-2013 01:00 PM

Installing water softener: reducing pipe size.
 
Hi,

I want to install a water softener but the main inlet pipe size is 1 1/4" and the softener is 1". Can the main pipe be reduced to 1"? I have 3 bathrooms and 7 people in my house. Thanks

joecaption 01-18-2013 01:15 PM

Sure can be. Most homes only use 3/4 for the main runs so 1" would be even better.
What kind of pipe is it?

handyman92865 01-18-2013 01:20 PM

It's a copper pipe. I bought a unit from sears and had a plumber came over to install it. He said it cannot be installed because of the differemt in pipe size. He said he cannot reduce the pipe from 1 1/4 to 1" because the water pressure will reduce greatly. Please advise. Thanks.

joecaption 01-18-2013 01:28 PM

Total BS. Inless this is a multi unit apartment building it would work fine.
Let me guess he wanted to sell you a softner with a bigger, hole?

handyman92865 01-18-2013 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1096491)
Total BS. Inless this is a multi unit apartment building it would work fine.
Let me guess he wanted to sell you a softner with a bigger, hole?

Yeah he said I need to get a softener with a bigger hole.

joecaption 01-18-2013 03:38 PM

And he want to pick up up for you and then mark it up.
That's where they make more money.
Time for a new plumber or do it yourself.

handyman92865 01-18-2013 04:55 PM

Yeah, Sears already charged me $159 for installation and this guy was charging me another $260. I asked why does he has to charge $260 extra? He said what I paid was the "Sears installtion". I'm really confused so I told him I'll just do it myself.

Bob999 01-19-2013 10:19 AM

Code in many areas requires that the inlet size of the softener match the pipe size coming in so the plumber may have been advising you of what is required to satify code.

handyman92865 01-19-2013 08:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob999 (Post 1097128)
Code in many areas requires that the inlet size of the softener match the pipe size coming in so the plumber may have been advising you of what is required to satify code.

Do you think it is safe to reduce the pipe size from 1 1/4 to 1" though?

joecaption 01-19-2013 08:30 PM

Why not contact the water softner company?

747 01-20-2013 12:03 AM

Cut pipe and sweat this in. Problem solved.

http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Pi...1#.UPuIn2eHgQ4

joecaption 01-20-2013 12:28 AM

I've never even seen any home with a 1-1/4 supply line, sounds odd ball to me.

gregzoll 01-20-2013 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1097591)
I've never even seen any home with a 1-1/4 supply line, sounds odd ball to me.

Only place that I can think of that would use a incoming line size like that, would be a commercial structure. I am calling bunk on this one also. At around 23gpm, that is a lot of water gushing into that softener system.

handyman92865 01-20-2013 02:13 AM

Thanks!

Bob999 01-20-2013 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by handyman92865 (Post 1097459)
Do you think it is safe to reduce the pipe size from 1 1/4 to 1" though?

Not a safety issue so far as I can see. As others have posted it is difficult to imagine that a 1" line is not sufficient for a typical home.

But that said codes are developed for what are typically good reasons and failure to follow code can cause problems down stream when, for example, trying to sell a property.


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