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Old 01-24-2015, 08:53 PM   #1
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Talking Has anyone built their own water softener???

These softeners seem so simple. All they contain are resin beads.
Looking at the Stainless Water Filter, it looks like it is made out of PVC.

One would think that a couple of dividers to make the water flow over the most surface area of the beads would do the trick.

Are there any chemistry guys that can give me some advice on this?
PVC and resin beads are cheap.
Update after first post. Saw a youtube video, and can't believe how simple the media exchange unit.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:30 PM   #2
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i imagine by the time the R and D is done and your all dome, you could have bought one,
327 for mine plus about 50 in piece parts to plumb it in, so i dont have to unplug it or move it to regenerate

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You can get a 16,000 grain On The Go for about $275. Recharge every 2 weeks in the hardest water, 3 months in many other places.
If you have a "build it" hobby, go for it. Just make it big enough.
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You can get a 16,000 grain On The Go for about $275. Recharge every 2 weeks in the hardest water, 3 months in many other places.
If you have a "build it" hobby, go for it. Just make it big enough.
Giving up on this idea. about $60 just for the resin. it would be about $120 by the time I bought the rest of the parts. 6" PVC fittings are expensive.
I found a 1600 grain softener at abcwater in phoenix (listed on Amazon) for $214 (inc. shipping). Not worth the risk and effort in trying to build one at this cost.

But had to take a look.

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Google " Watersticks.com" and check out what they offer.
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there's not much to them, piece of large dia. PVC pipe a few fittings and some resin. Yachts use just that for washing down all the time google Spot Free.
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