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Forum: General Plumbing Help 02-04-2016, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 154
Posted By speedbump
In my humble opinion, don't waste your money on a...

In my humble opinion, don't waste your money on a so called whole house filter. If you have ever seen a standard water softener. That is a whole house filter. Those ten inch filters are a joke.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 01-30-2016, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By speedbump
Your 51.4 mg/l translates to 3 grains hard. This...

Your 51.4 mg/l translates to 3 grains hard. This is practically soft water already. I wouldn't have a softener if my water was that soft. It may be getting the iron out, but you should have been...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-30-2016, 02:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
Nope, I did the research and I did the math. ...

Nope, I did the research and I did the math. Exactly 87%... give or take 50%.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-29-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
Not necessarily. I have seen them where the nut...

Not necessarily. I have seen them where the nut that only allows them to open so far to break off allowing the poppett to go further up into the drop pipe practically stopping flow altogether. Then...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-28-2016, 01:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
No problem, I just turned my monitor upside...

No problem, I just turned my monitor upside down.:)

Forget the jet pump idea, it's a bad one. I don't think there is anything wrong with the pump itself. If you knew where the well was and could...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-27-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
In my experience when the brand was Laval...

In my experience when the brand was Laval Seperator, they worked very good with coarser material, but with very fine sand, the sand would not come out of suspension quick enough and would pass right...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-26-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
A bad check valve doesn't cause you to buy a new...

A bad check valve doesn't cause you to buy a new pump, but you would have to pull it to repair it, so installing a new one at that time may be more cost effective. Most of the cost is actually...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-25-2016, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By speedbump
If your pump goes up to 60 then drops back to 50...

If your pump goes up to 60 then drops back to 50 upon shutoff of the pump, the air in the bladder tank is probably set low. Turn off the pump, drain the pressure off and check the air pressure in...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 01-25-2016, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By speedbump
Unless you have a monster of a tank, 13 minutes...

Unless you have a monster of a tank, 13 minutes is outrageous. One minute is more like it.

Hold the plate under the springs of the pressure switch down and see if it will make 60 or 70 psi. If...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 01-03-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By speedbump
Black stains from (I presume) well water is...

Black stains from (I presume) well water is probably sulfur. It's naturally occurring, but hard to remove. How about relocating the drain line so it discharges over the drain in the sink.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 12-28-2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By speedbump
Even with the new vari speed motors and the...

Even with the new vari speed motors and the constant pressure valves, a pressure tank for the well is still needed. The new technology just allows you to use a smaller tank. I don't know plumbing...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-23-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
A carbon filter is for taste and odor along with...

A carbon filter is for taste and odor along with removing chlorine and many heavy metals. It is NOT for removing iron. It will remove iron to a certain extent, but it's life will be greatly reduced...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-22-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
Jet pump or submersible. Jet's are becoming a...

Jet pump or submersible. Jet's are becoming a thing of the past though.


There are no guarantees in Well Drilling except for the fact that going beyond 20' will guarantee safer water. The...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-22-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
Most all systems in our area are out in the yard....

Most all systems in our area are out in the yard. This is where most inline filters are installed. Right in the open. This is not to say that everyone gets an inline filter when a driller installs...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-21-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
Algae. Algae grows inside PVC pipe that is in...

Algae. Algae grows inside PVC pipe that is in the sunshine. So you can imagine what happens in a clear bowl here in Florida.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-20-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
Have you ever seen one that is installed in the...

Have you ever seen one that is installed in the sunlight? Especially one with a clear dome?
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-20-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
Thanks, but I'm retired in name only. I'm still...

Thanks, but I'm retired in name only. I'm still working but old enough to collect my Social Security.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-20-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
They do have a purpose, but it's not for...

They do have a purpose, but it's not for filtering drinking water.

Softeners today don't care if the water is soft or not. They simply count gallons and trigger a backwash after the set number of...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 12-19-2015, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 411
Posted By speedbump
These in line filters are a major pet peeve to...

These in line filters are a major pet peeve to me. They are useless. Do yourself a favor, throw the cartridge away and forget about it. Especially if you have a softener. The softener will catch...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-15-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By speedbump
If your soap lathers real easy and it feels like...

If your soap lathers real easy and it feels like you can't get it off in the shower... It's working.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-15-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By speedbump
300 ppm is pretty common. The neutralizer will...

300 ppm is pretty common. The neutralizer will raise the hardness a little bit, but he softener will handle it if set properly.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-15-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By speedbump
Staggering probably isn't necessary since the...

Staggering probably isn't necessary since the softener shouldn't backwash but once a week or so. That is if it's large enough for hardness and water usage.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-14-2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 406
Posted By speedbump
No. The way the head works is by counting...

No. The way the head works is by counting gallons until the amount of water passing through the unit exceeds the hardness setting then triggers a backwash at 2:00 AM the following morning.

Why...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-05-2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,679
Posted By speedbump
Not a chance, your on the money.

Not a chance, your on the money.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 12-05-2015, 02:17 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,679
Posted By speedbump
I agree with Kultutz. They are plumbed backwards...

I agree with Kultutz. They are plumbed backwards and there is no way a carbon filter should have chlorine going into it during a backwash. Carbon absorbs chlorine and that is what depletes the...
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