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Old 09-08-2019, 11:08 PM   #76
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That is a nice setup coldsoda, do you use the DI water for everything or do you use it just for the rinsing? I notice you have some valving so you can bypass.
Can you use any water softener tank? do you use it as is or does it have to be modified?
I am just getting my feet wet, some tech would be greatly appreciated, thanks, James.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:51 PM   #77
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That is a nice setup coldsoda, do you use the DI water for everything or do you use it just for the rinsing? I notice you have some valving so you can bypass.
Can you use any water softener tank? do you use it as is or does it have to be modified?
I am just getting my feet wet, some tech would be greatly appreciated, thanks, James.
Thanks. I typically use the DI water for the full wash as our water here in Phoenix is really bad... 750+ TDS most days. I bypass and use regular water for friends that need a wash, but won't notice the difference (and don't have well maintained paint)... lol. This resin tank was supplied by a company that services my address and just swaps out the tank when the resin is used up in this one. I realize that isn't available in much of the country, where regular standard 20" resin tanks discussed earlier in this thread will suffice.
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Old 09-12-2019, 10:31 PM   #78
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Thanks for the reply coldsoda, I am making mine portable and mounting it on a 2 wheel dolly.
I am going to try and make it portable and hold all the accessories as well. should have it done in a couple of days and I will post some pics, have a good evening. james.
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:06 PM   #79
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I finally finished my portable DI system, I have not tested it yet. It would be nice if some of you water pro's could chime in and critique my rig, thank you, james.

But unfortunately I cant seem to post pics ...... that sucks!
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Old 09-14-2019, 02:03 AM   #80
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I finally finished my portable DI system, I have not tested it yet. It would be nice if some of you water pro's could chime in and critique my rig, thank you, james.

But unfortunately I cant seem to post pics ...... that sucks!
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:47 PM   #81
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I tried to keep all the parts plastic does it add to the ppm's if they are metal parts? Please critique if you see any improvements that could be made, thank you, James.

My water is 230 PPM coming in and the PH is 8.0 Does anyone have a recommendation for a non carbon filter that is 3/4" in 3/4" out
I have a RV style filter that has carbon and I am afraid it will add water spots.

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Old 10-09-2019, 05:19 AM   #82
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My water is moderately hard around 250 ppm. I have built a similar setup using 10 inch clear cannisters four in series. First two are sediment and carbon filters. Last two are DI cartridges. I end up with around 50 ppm water with this. I can get as low as 20 ppm if I turn down the flow. I am just getting this thing tried for the first few times and I seem to be burning through my DI media quick. One car wash and my media is already orange in both cannisters. Anyone else have this happen mobdro lucky patcher kodi?

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Old 10-13-2019, 02:10 PM   #83
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My water is moderately hard around 250 ppm. I have built a similar setup using 10 inch clear cannisters four in series. First two are sediment and carbon filters. Last two are DI cartridges. I end up with around 50 ppm water with this. I can get as low as 20 ppm if I turn down the flow. I am just getting this thing tried for the first few times and I seem to be burning through my DI media quick. One car wash and my media is already orange in both cannisters. Anyone else have this happen mobdro lucky patcher kodi?
Hey Johmicky, My water is about 230+ here in Florida. I am currently using my condensate water from my air conditioning system. It is a crude form of RO water.
My PPM'S on the condensate water are about 16 PPM'S which is very doable. I run the condensate into a condensate pump and then into a storage container, i wired a overflow switch to shut down my A/C in case the storage barrel gets to full. You do have to have more equipment such as a pump, storage barrel and condensate pump but I think it is worth it. I am getting 0.00 at the output end of the pressure washer.

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Old 10-14-2019, 05:51 PM   #84
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I tried to keep all the parts plastic does it add to the ppm's if they are metal parts? Please critique if you see any improvements that could be made, thank you, James.

My water is 230 PPM coming in and the PH is 8.0 Does anyone have a recommendation for a non carbon filter that is 3/4" in 3/4" out
I have a RV style filter that has carbon and I am afraid it will add water spots.
Ok, this is bad ass. Estimated total cost?
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:58 AM   #85
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Old 10-21-2019, 12:33 PM   #86
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Hey Jimbobzilla,

Nice setup! I noticed a little black sealant around your probes. It looks like you drilled into the PVC to insert the push-to-fit fitting (I think that's a John Guest fitting, if I'm remembering an earlier post correctly.)

Two questions -- 1) would it work to insert the probe directly into the pipe, or does it help to have the threads provided by the John Guest fitting?

2) What is the black sealant you used to keep things water-tight?

This is such a great thread, so I just want to thank everyone who has contributed to it over the years! I'm trying to put my own system together and I've learned so much from the great input provided above....including what a John Guest fitting is -- never heard of that before : )

Cheers,
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:54 PM   #87
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I have been researching building the same/similar system. I can buy a used softner system on CL, take the tank and empty and clean it out and refill with resin. Plumb in and out to my vin check washer. Im not connecting the brine tank or using the elec/controller.
Just wondering how much resin it took to fill the tank so I can factor in that cost to my build?
Thanks
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:40 PM   #88
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Hey snp I hope your doing well.
You Have to use the John Guest fittings so you can insert the probes. The fitting fits the probe, I mean you could glue the probe in but you would not be able to change it if it failed.
To recap.... I taped the 3/4" scd 40 PVC to fit the John Guest probe fittings and sealed the fittings in place with J B Weld 2 part epoxy.
I will Give you a bit of advice......... If your water is high in PPM'S you will burn through resin quicker than you can order it off of amazon!!!
I am using my condensate water from my air conditioning unit.
My house water is 230 PPM, the A/C water is about 16 PPM.
I hope this helps, jimbobzilla.

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