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Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:39 pm
by DanBackslide
Anyone have a use for any water softener parts? I have a friend who has replaced her softener, and was wondering if we could use any of the bits off the old one. Specifically, I'm told it's a two piece system: a large plastic drum for the salt (55-gallon-ish size), and a ~4' tank ("the blue torpedo") with the timer assembly attached.

If anyone's interested let me know...

Re: Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:31 am
by Luno
I could use the salt tank, please.

PM or call if it's still available.

Thanks,
-Peter

Re: Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:41 am
by metis
i may be interested in the timer assembly, what does it do?

Re: Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:18 pm
by DanBackslide
At a minimum, the timer is connected to a valve to switch the water flow between the mineral and brine tanks. If it's a demand softener, then there's a flow sensor in there somewhere. It might take the application of mechanical force with Extreme Prejudice to get it off the mineral tank (hmm, wonder where we'd get some of that?).

Re: Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 5:24 pm
by metis
i'll take the timer and valve (and pump if there is one)

Re: Any use for ex-water softener parts?

Posted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:20 pm
by kstoerz
I've never encountered a residential softener system that wasn't driven by simple pressure differentials, so i doubt there is a pump anywhere in there.

I've already got a basement full of stuff I'll never get to, so I'll just eagerly await hearing about what cool thing(s) someone builds from the parts. :)