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Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-04-2015, 05:28 PM
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Could you have installed it backwards? I'm...

Could you have installed it backwards?

I'm not up on pressure reducing valves as much as I am on constant pressure valves which have a small bypass in them. I'm not sure a PRV can be installed...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-02-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 61
Posted By speedbump
That's a thought provoking question. It...

That's a thought provoking question.

It would seem to me that just like pool pumps that pump up to solar panels push the weight of the water up to the panel, but then the weight of the water...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-29-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 211
Posted By speedbump
If it was orange, you've got iron. I think...

If it was orange, you've got iron.

I think when we were kids most of us thought nothing about drinking from the garden hose. But back then we didn't have people telling us how bad for us our...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-29-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 211
Posted By speedbump
I agree, calcium and magnesium are good for us. ...

I agree, calcium and magnesium are good for us. Years ago people would put an extra faucet on the sink just for drinking and cooking water. RO water is even worse for you to drink.

I have never...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-27-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By speedbump
This is from the Flowing Well Handbook written by...

This is from the Flowing Well Handbook written by MDEQ in Michigan:

ARTESIAN WELL CHARACTERISTICS
In artesian wells, water rises within the well to a point above the top of the
aquifer. If the...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-26-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By speedbump
All wells with a water level higher than the...

All wells with a water level higher than the bottom of the well are artesian. The wells that flow are called for the lack of a better term, flowing wells.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-26-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 211
Posted By speedbump
I am in total agreement with Matt30. I sell the...

I am in total agreement with Matt30. I sell the WS1 and didn't know it had any kind of mixer valve if in fact it does. I see no reason to have almost soft water and I'm sure it is a marketing...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-25-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 211
Posted By speedbump
I have never known anybody wanting to add hard...

I have never known anybody wanting to add hard water back in after softening. It sounds counter productive.

I have had a softener most of my life and wouldn't want to be without. Everybody says...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-18-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 124
Posted By speedbump
I think that head is a Lyndsey (sp). I'm quite...

I think that head is a Lyndsey (sp). I'm quite sure they made heads for Sears. You might look there for a booklet on how that head works. The only adjustments on older heads was what days of the...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By speedbump
That filter won't help a bit. Are you on a...

That filter won't help a bit.

Are you on a well? Do you know what minerals you have in your water? Do you have any other filtration? How old is the plumbing? What is it, copper, pex,...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-09-2015, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By speedbump
How much it holds depends on your pressure switch...

How much it holds depends on your pressure switch settings. It varies between 32 and 43 gallons between 20/40 and 40/60 settings. The Well X Trol is by far superior to anything big box stores have....
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-08-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By speedbump
Even though I do advocate using constant pressure...

Even though I do advocate using constant pressure valves, I also say, the bigger the tank the better. The less cycles the pump motor has the longer is will last.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-08-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 261
Posted By speedbump
The first thing you would have to do is move the...

The first thing you would have to do is move the pressure switch so it's close to the new tank. If you leave it at the pump house, the pump will hammer on and off rapidly because of the friction in...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-08-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By speedbump
What diameter is your 175' of pipe? What kind of...

What diameter is your 175' of pipe? What kind of pipe?
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-01-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By speedbump
The cistern is the best idea. I have all the...

The cistern is the best idea. I have all the goodies to do what your talking about. I do this a lot for people with low flow wells. Never before for water as nasty as yours seems to be. Do you...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-01-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Posted By speedbump
That explains it! The Pumptec is the best thing...

That explains it! The Pumptec is the best thing I have found for preventing pump failure because of running dry.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-29-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By speedbump
If it were me, rather than trying to lower the...

If it were me, rather than trying to lower the capacity of that hand dug well, I would try drilling a well into that same vein, but going a little deeper as you are at the very top of that vein and...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-29-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Posted By speedbump
I would be surprised if this hadn't happened...

I would be surprised if this hadn't happened before unless your new to the home. Sounds like a low yield well and your softener drew the water level down to the pumps inlet. Like Matt said, you may...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 05-26-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By speedbump
Your 1.5" 1700' pipe shouldn't offer any friction...

Your 1.5" 1700' pipe shouldn't offer any friction loss to the home. If the pressure is good at one place in the home and not another, that's a plumbing issue. If you were to put a booster pump at...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 05-23-2015, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By speedbump
That looks more like sand or softener resin. Do...

That looks more like sand or softener resin. Do you have a softener? If so, how old is it? City water shouldn't have sand either, so that kind of leaves a softener. If that stuff plugged the...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 05-23-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By speedbump
You mentioned iron while talking about silt. ...

You mentioned iron while talking about silt. They are two totally different things. I assume you drained the heater from the bottom and may have turned the main valve off while doing so. This...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 05-23-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By speedbump
I agree, replace it. I don't know about a Sears...

I agree, replace it. I don't know about a Sears softener, but there are some good choices out there.

Even if it's working, it's efficiency is probably very low. The mineral is probably badly...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 05-21-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 197
Posted By speedbump
Sump pumps aren't heavy and can be carried in one...

Sump pumps aren't heavy and can be carried in one hand. You won't need wheels. The big trick is keeping leaves, twigs, toys etc out of them.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-19-2015, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By speedbump
I am in the process of updating my website and...

I am in the process of updating my website and forum. It's a mess rite now. Hopefully by the weekend it will be back to normal and I can straighten up links etc. Thanks.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-19-2015, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By speedbump
I'll second that advice! I went on two service...

I'll second that advice!
I went on two service calls years ago that had those devices on them and both jobs had burned up motors because of them.
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