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Old 02-03-2014, 11:58 AM   #16
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If there are no salt free solutions, I think I might go with a fleck 7000. Anyone have advice on a good place to buy online?

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What resin media should I get? Res care feeder useful? Anything else I should get for a replacement project?

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:48 PM   #17
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So I sent these same questions out to a vendor, and they came back with:

Get the 5600 .The 5600’s have a 40 year track record. The 7000’s have been a problem from day 1. They changed the bypass assembly and it is terrible. I have had more problems with a Fleck 7000 than I care to remember.

Any truth to that? is the 7000 that much worse then the 5600 from ya'lls perspective?
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If there are no salt free solutions, I think I might go with a fleck 7000. Anyone have advice on a good place to buy online?

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http://www.qualitywaterforless.com/F...-r48-70sxt.htm

What resin media should I get? Res care feeder useful? Anything else I should get for a replacement project?
Im a fan of whole house water filters myself , id try that first then see how water looks before installing a softener.
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What do those get out exactly?

Also, we have pretty hard water...

br, 2ba, municipal water with 32 grain per gallon. A little bit of iron, unsure of actual rating, but it exists.
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What do those get out exactly?

Also, we have pretty hard water...

br, 2ba, municipal water with 32 grain per gallon. A little bit of iron, unsure of actual rating, but it exists.
Depends on which cartridge you use and what kind of issues your water has.
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The water is hard and has a bit of iron in it ... no other issues from the municipal! I also want to keep up the water pressure, my old water softener kills it.
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The water is hard and has a bit of iron in it ... no other issues from the municipal! I also want to keep up the water pressure, my old water softener kills it.
You can take a lot of the iron and rust taste out with a filter.
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You can take a lot of the iron and rust taste out with a filter.
It isn't the iron I am worried about, it's the hardness...leaving everything chalky and clogged up at the faucet/appliances/etc...iron is very minimal and tolerable.
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It isn't the iron I am worried about, it's the hardness...leaving everything chalky and clogged up at the faucet/appliances/etc...iron is very minimal and tolerable.
You might be suprised at how much better the water will taste/feel with a filter installed.
If you end up adding a softener later it shouldnt have to work as hard if you take some of the other stuff out before it gets there
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You might be suprised at how much better the water will taste/feel with a filter installed.
If you end up adding a softener later it shouldnt have to work as hard if you take some of the other stuff out before it gets there
What can a whole home filter do for hardness levels?
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What can a whole home filter do for hardness levels?
All I can say is try it and see if it improves your water, you can get a kit and fittings to install it at most box stores for less than $100.00.
In my area we have really nasty water from city water tower for in town and lots of wells with nasty rust/iron tasting water.
Everybody that ive done them for over the years has seen a definate improvement in water quality, and like o said you can still add a water soffener later to help fine tune the system if you need it.
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What unit did you have installed exactly?
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What unit did you have installed exactly?
Ive installed many differant brands of filters/housings over the years.
I usually use the ones that menards sells with the big blue housing , bigger the housing bigger the dilter surface area.
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Ive installed many differant brands of filters/housings over the years.
I usually use the ones that menards sells with the big blue housing , bigger the housing bigger the dilter surface area.
Any chance you could link me? How often do you replace the filters?
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Any chance you could link me? How often do you replace the filters?
It depends on how bad your water is as to how often you change it.
Ill look and see if I can find a picture for you.

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