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post #1 of 23 Old 08-14-2005, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Water Softener

Does anyone have a water softener(not "SOFTNER")? Tell me the good, bad, or whatever else you can about one.
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Re: Water Softener

I experienced a shower with a water softener once - I HATED IT!!! You can stand under the shower phugging forever, and you still feel like you have a soap scum on your skin. Give me good old hard water any day. That said, I know there are many people out there who prefer soft water. My two cents...

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Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Water Softener

Well excuse me all to hell - just trying to alert you to one of the things I didn't like about it...

edit: and sorry if I took your reply wrong...

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Sorry Bacchus. I'm not trying to piss anyone off I'm just messin around. It's late. I really appreciate the reply.
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Nah, my mistake. It's late for me too. Hope you get the info you're looking for, but I stand by my statement above - personally I hated it, for the reason I mentioned. Hey, it's all good!

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No harm, no foul.
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Re: Water Softener

I had one at my last house, which had a well. It will make you clothes washer work much better, you may even be able to use less soap. I needed mine badly because of the amount of calcium in the water would destroy things like the aerators on facets and washing machine valves. I would not have a well without one, but I would not put one on city water.

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Re: Water Softener

Have had one for 10 years. All auto, just have to remember to fill with salt twice a year. Wash your clothes with only a tablespoon of tide, whites no longer gray! Throw away the CLR and LimeAway. Couldn't be happier with it would highly recommend one.

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Re: Water Softener

I turned mine off and bypassed it. It sucked, pretty much what Bacchus said. It's a nice one too, looks great just sitting there doing nothing

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Re: Water Softener

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, looks great just sitting there doing nothing

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Aychdot, you're gonna get as many recommendations on this topic as an oil or "dampner" thread, so be ready to do a lot of your own research.

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Re: Water Softener

Yup. It all depends on what your used to and the hardness of the water coming into your house. My parents have one and about the only thing different I notice is soap suds easier in the shower and the water feels "slippery." I have'nt had it for over 5 years and don't miss it.
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Re: Water Softener

We have a well and without the softener we would need to move. It really isn't an option where we live and the softener is only one part of the equation as we have a 3 stage inline filtration system, air-injector, and potassium backwash in front of the softener. We use 200 pounds of salt per month and refresh the beads in the potassium unit once per year along with shocking the well. The inline filter units get changed out every other month. I should point out that this makes the water acceptable for baths, showers and washing clothes, but drinking it is impossible, as it still has quite a bit of iron and sulphur.

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Grew up with one in Michigan. If you didn't have it the rust would decimate everything. Down here it is not needed, the red clay is you biggest hazard to white things.

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