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We've outstripped (pun fully intended) the capacity of our water softener. Looking for a twin alternating system max 50 GPM.  Any recommendations (or horror stories)?

 

 

 

 

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Plenty of experience... Its what we do for a living.  You're probably looking at two 24" x 41" tanks with 1.5" ports (or larger), with each tank holding 5 cuft of softening resin or more, along with an 18" or 21" diameter brine tank of course.  

 

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We ended up getting a dual 96,000 grain system from amazon and installed it ourselves. Works a dream.  About $1,700 all in.  

 

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What valve is on that twin?  Did you get the 50 gpm you were looking for?

 

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7 hours ago, Buckeye Hydro said:

What valve is on that twin? 

Pentair?  I was complete mistaken on flow rate as we're using the water only for our RO system and boiler feed water.

 

 

 

 

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Ah-ha.  $1700 for a twin 50 gpm softener... I just couldn't see that happening.

Pentair owns both Fleck and Autotrol - two common backwashing valves.  My guess is you bought a softener with a Fleck valve as they are more common.  Probably two 13" x 65" tanks, each with 3 cu ft of softening resin in them.  

If you need a manual for your system we can get you that.

Russ

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That's exactly what we bought! 3 bags of resin / column (why aren't the columns full of resin).  It is a Fleck valve.  Thanks for the manual offer. It came with a valve and programmer manual and the Google led me to PDF versions.  

 

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When the filter backwashes and recharges, it sends flow downward through the central riser tube, into the bottom of the tank and the resin - it then flows through the resin, fluidizing and expanding the resin bed.  That is the purpose of that unfilled "freeboard" in the top ~third of the tank.

 

 

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