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Postby Tyler » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:09 am

Who has one? My parents do and showers feel amazing there. I was over at Tylersucks's over the weekend and he just got done installing one on his own. He said it took 30 minutes and less than $400 for everything. He has inspired me to look into it.

I think I'm going to mcnards today to get a water test strip (free over by the water softeners). The type of softener you need is dependent on your current water.

Bad thing about water softener is the taste of tap water. I don't think it will be easy to hook it up to all water but the sink, so it might be all or nothing. We will just have to start drinking filtered water from the fridge and no more of the best tap water in the state.

Worth noting, McNards has theirs on sale until the 30th.
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Postby wags83 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:24 am

My parents also have one but I guess I haven't noticed too much of a difference between their showers and ours.
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Postby CrckrJack » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:49 am

the water tastes like shit. my parents have one and i hate it. our water at our home always leaves a white residue (like salt) and it's super gross when you think that goes into your body.
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Postby Tyler » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:52 am

CrckrJack wrote:the water tastes like shit. my parents have one and i hate it. our water at our home always leaves a white residue (like salt) and it's super gross when you think that goes into your body.
Dishes should be coming out cleaner with soft water!
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Postby Corey » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:28 pm

Its on my to-do list at some point. I think we have pretty hard water but I've never tested it. The stainless in our showers and sinks has white residue all over it that is super hard to get clean.
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Postby Tyler » Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:42 pm

I picked up free testing strips from Menards over lunch. I'll test it tonight and buy a softener on Friday based on the results.
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Postby bmyoungs » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:41 pm

Did you do the tests? It does not seem like many water softeners exist in Maine. I remember working at hy vee win Sheldon and loading up bags upon bags of softener salt daily. I have never seen salt sold anywhere here.

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Postby Tyler » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:36 pm

bmyoungs wrote:Source of the post Did you do the tests?

The test I got was funky. I will get a different one tomorrow from Lowe's or Home Depot.
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Postby Tyler » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:25 pm

Can get buy one an affordable one based on results. Image
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Postby wags83 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:54 pm

Your water is already mostly soft!
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Postby Huss Buss » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:23 pm

i think our rural water isn't too bad, maybe should test it out. everyone get a test
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Postby Tyler » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:54 pm

wags83 wrote:Your water is already mostly soft!
Yeah, that scale is weird. The ones on the far right must be huge edge cases.

I'm glad it's not more to the right though, because those require much more expensive systems. I'll get the 2nd most basic one tomorrow.
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:20 pm

Took more time buying the stuff at McNards than it did installing. Tylersucks did almost all of it but he let me try helping so I felt included. Thanks to $6 fittings (compared to normal $1 traditional PVC) it is literally just snap together. No glue, no crimping, nothing. Very easy job Image
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Postby Wallinguana » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:25 pm

I tried explaining water softener to a friend of mine from New Jersey. He thought I was crazy. So apparently it isnt a thing everywhere.
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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:50 pm

Maybe the east coast has softer water? Brad, I'll mail you a test strip.
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Postby bmyoungs » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:56 pm

I was going to stop at Lowe's and see if we even have softeners for sale

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Postby Tyler » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:51 pm

bmyoungs wrote:I was going to stop at Lowe's and see if we even have softeners for sale

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Do it, right by them should be brochures with free tests included
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Postby Huss Buss » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:15 am

Tyler wrote:Source of the post Took more time buying the stuff at McNards than it did installing. Tylersucks did almost all of it but he let me try helping so I felt included. Thanks to $6 fittings (compared to normal $1 traditional PVC) it is literally just snap together. No glue, no crimping, nothing. Very easy job Image


yep worth the extra cost since saves alot of time and don't need special tools.

next time in menards i will try and remember to get test
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Postby Corey » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:48 am

Did you have to cut out part of the existing pipe?
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Postby Corey » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:00 am

Corey wrote:Did you have to cut out part of the existing pipe?
This is where mine would need to hook in. I assume you you cut out that horizontal pipe or remove it somehow and snap the new connectors on each end?Image

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