What is this? (Might need input from an old timer on this)

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  1. Nov 20, 2018 #1

    Don Hiebert

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    I am trying to figure out what this fixture/appliance in in the basement of a house over 50 years old in the Kansas City area. It's about 3 feet tall and maybe 18 inches in diameter and seems to be a cast iron or steel tank. It has no power source, either gas or electric. It's fed by a main house water supply pipe pipe and the water coming out supplies the home with both of these lines connected near the base. It has a threaded plug on top and on the side. The water in and out is cold water. The homeowner has no idea what it is and basically just wants it gone. Wondering whether this could be some sort of water filter? I took a pic of it but the file size was too big to post so I'm trying to work that out.
     
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    Update: I only see one pipe connected at the base which is teed off of the main water supply line. So maybe this is a storage tank or reservoir?
     
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    Does it matter what it is? When you remove it, you'll most likely know. But yeah a pic would help!

    FYI: If you set your camera to the lowest quality you should be able to upload it.
     
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    Pic test.... 20181104_130504.jpg
     
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    Maybe someone can resize it and post it?
     
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    Link does not work - You need to make that photo public.
     
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    Without a picture the only thing I could guess at is maybe a well component. Is/was this house on well water?
     
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    My guess is that it is a pressure tank for a well, similar to today's tanks but without a bladder. Compressed air is introduced into the top, much like we do with today's tanks. Eventually, the air is absorbed into the water and the tank becomes "waterlogged". At that point, more air is introduced.
    It should be replaced with an appropriately sized bladder tank from Welltrol or Amtrol or similar.
     
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    if you have paint
    you can resize it
    click on the file
    click edit
    click resize
    click pixels
    then enter 800 in the box that says horizontal
    click ok
    click the red x up in the rh corner of the window
    click ok in the pop up box
     
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    are they on a well?
     
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    The house has two water supply lines. I believe the one feeding this tank is from a well. Both supply lines are currently connected and they both have a shutoff valve at the basement wall. Either one or both can supply water to the house.
     
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    To resize an image or video using the Properties panel:
    1. In the toolbar, click the Selection tool.
    2. Select the image or video you want to resize.
    3. In the Properties panel, change the width and height values. Click the lock icon before resizing to maintain the original aspect ratio.
     
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    sound like an old well storage tank.
     
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