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Water softener
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Joyce    Posted 01-28-2003 at 10:28:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ours was previously installed by a local company and has
lasted 13+ years. Now they want $1500 for a new one,
installed. Do I go that route? Or do I get one at Sears, Home
Depot, Lowes, or the like.

Family of 4, hard well water 39m grain.

Any preferences as to brand? Repair or customer service

Joyce    Posted 01-28-2003 at 12:41:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is awesome--the great response.

We have gone to Home Depot, called "Water Boss," looked
at Sears (where they are on sale). We took a water sample
for testing and will make a decision today. Thanks for the

Just in case someone else wants to poke around for
softener/water info, I also found help at's
plumbing forum and

Thank you again!

Karen    Posted 02-01-2003 at 05:42:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Did you decide on a Water Boss? We are looking for a water softener and that is the brand I'm leading to. Did you have any information on this brand?

Joyce    Posted 02-03-2003 at 06:16:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We ended up with a Kenmore brand, on sale. Bill installed it
over the weekend (Friday through Sunday until we got the
parts we needed beyond the installation kit). It was on sale. It
is automated, digital. Right after we installed it, I was reading
the owners manual and I thought, "Oh, no, what have we
done. It's too complicated, too much to go wrong." But now,
one day into it, we are very pleased. Our last one was set by
the installers to regenerate at 1200 gallons. This one is
automated. It shows gallons used also, so I am curious to see
the number at which it regenerates on this automated

It's the UltraSoft 400. We used the water test numbers to
set the softener, which we will adjust, then, after we see
how often it regenerates, how the water is doing, etc.


WallSal55 -    Posted 01-28-2003 at 12:31:35       [Reply]  [No Email] We had the worst
water imaginable, rust, black sediment, sulphur, etc.
Tested at 30 ppm. The dealer chlorinated and
sanitized the well for us. Also, we had the
well driller put a new cap on and bring everything
up to code. This softener system is expensive,
but I was prepared to move--water was that bad!
(Saved my sanity) Our sears softener only lasted
3 years, our water was that bad.
There are no filters in the softener itself to
change! Maintenance free! Has been worth every
penny! No filters to buy!

Mudcat49    Posted 01-28-2003 at 12:30:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Be careful, some softeners are designed for city water and will not hold up or properly treat hard well water. Have your raw water tested and get the right one for your water. $1500.00 does not sound like a bad price for a new one installed and garenteed if you have real hard water. Also get one that will use the cheaper rock salt so you don't have to buy the more costley type salt.

Ludwig    Posted 01-29-2003 at 06:52:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your point about the cheaper salt is a good one, you need to explore all the costs, not just the upfront one.

Red Dave    Posted 01-28-2003 at 12:13:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I installed my own water softener. I'm not a plumber, but it's not hard to do if you are a little bit handy and take your time.
Don't just go buy any softener though, make sure it's sized right for your conditions and use. The dealer should be able to guide you on that.

glen    Posted 01-28-2003 at 11:26:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd look for a new one with the same pipe configuration and do it myself. There is nothing to difficult about replacing it.

glen    Posted 01-28-2003 at 11:26:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd look for a new one with the same pipe configuration and do it myself. There is nothing to difficult about replacing it.

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