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Old 05-14-2012, 08:26 PM   #31
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Gravel base for SST-60 is the same as for standard resin.

All upper baskets I am familiar with fit over the riser tube --the riser tube is the same length as without the upper basket because it terminates in the control valve either way. Use, in my view, is optional.

I have no reason to change my suggestion about salt dose with the 1 cubic foot unit. I recommend you set capacity at 14,000 grains, hardness at 8, and days override at 8. Salt dose with most Fleck valves is set by the number of minutes of brine fill. Knowing that one gallon of water dissolves 3 lbs of salt you know that you want to add 1 gallon of water during brine fill. So you check the BLFC-(typically .25 or .5 gpm) to determine how many minutes of brine fill you need.

If you use potassium chloride you will have to increase the salt dose--various sources recommend up to 30% increase. I don't have enough personal experience to tell you any more. My personal opinion is that given your relatively low hardness--and hence relatively low amount of sodium that will be added by the softener, that you are wasting your money to go with potassium chloride unless someone in the household has a specific health reason.

Post again when you have specific values if you have additional questions. I will be traveling and it may take some time for me to get back to you.
Thank you Bob999, enjoy your travels, will post back if and when additional information is needed. I sincerely appreciate your time and the quick responses to answer my questions.

With the settings you suggested, if our capacity remains within the 14,000 grains, approximately how often would you estimate that the unit would need to regenerate if the override was not set?

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Every 7-8 days--because the capacity is the estimated usage for 8 days.
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Hi zerious,

I applogize for jumping in on your conversation. I will paste my questions and Bob's replys on a new thread.
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Hi zerious,

I applogize for jumping in on your conversation. I will paste my questions and Bob's replys on a new thread.
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No problem cgarai, I'm a newbie also, thought your post was interesting and was glad to see Bob999's replies.

I started with a post for my softener because I will be needing to add an indirect water heater to our boiler because I think the tankless coil may be inefficient because of scale and also because we need more capacity for more hot water. Still trying to decide on which indirect to go with.

Good luck with success in resolving your required hardness issues.

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