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Old 05-27-2010, 12:15 PM
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Does anyone use a water filter/sediment catcher when washing your vehicles? We have pretty hard water here were I live and thought it may help me get a better wash. Now I've priced them on most major websites and they typically run from $120-500+ for a full cleaning water system (both soft water and seidment filters). However I was on Lowes.com and looked up water filters there and found this:


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Now I'll have to see if the inlet will except a standard hose valve, but I'm sure I could rig something to make that part fit. My question is would it work similar to the ones specifically designed for this task like this one:

$139.99 @ AG.com

I don't see much differnce in design and I figured either of the first two would save me considerable money. Making a bracket to hold them won't be a problem but I just wanted to see what everyone here thought?
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If they are like the camper filters you can buy where it hooks to your hose, its comes out really slow with no pressure, at least the one I saw a guy using did. But may be worth a shot.
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Looks like a great idea to me. I'd go with the second one.
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If you have old Iron mains coming into the house you will certainly see the rust they pick up
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Yeah, these pipes are nearly 60 years old. I'm constantly replacing faucet "filters" on my tap about every 6 months. I was thinking of one of each, that way one will have the sediment filter and the other I can but a water softener filter for. I'll have to make a trip up there in the next day or so and see them up close. We'll see.
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Ok, so I went to lowes and there won't be any connection problems, just an extra $5 per canister and that part is fixed. What I want to know (as I couldn't find an associate to help me) is if I bought the canister that doesn't come with the filter, could I just fill it half way with water softener pellets and have it work that way? I figured a big 40# bag would last me a long time since it would only be used when I washed the truck. So my setup would be water comes into the canister with the filter, then exits into the canister with the water softener then that exits out to my truck. I just don't know much about water softener pellets to know if that is all that needs to be done. Both filter units operate at between 5-100psi so I should be ok there. Any thoughts on this!?!!
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Ok, so I went to lowes and there won't be any connection problems, just an extra $5 per canister and that part is fixed. What I want to know (as I couldn't find an associate to help me) is if I bought the canister that doesn't come with the filter, could I just fill it half way with water softener pellets and have it work that way? I figured a big 40# bag would last me a long time since it would only be used when I washed the truck. So my setup would be water comes into the canister with the filter, then exits into the canister with the water softener then that exits out to my truck. I just don't know much about water softener pellets to know if that is all that needs to be done. Both filter units operate at between 5-100psi so I should be ok there. Any thoughts on this!?!!
It should have a filter in it as the filters should be renewed every now and then
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Well I couldn't find a "water softener filter" persay. I could always order one from AG.com but I was hoping to keep everything local. Any suggestions?
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It's all in the filter material and flow capacity that seems to determine price.

What size particle are you trying to trap?

What flow do you need so you don't just end up with a trickle of water at the end of your hose?

Just some things to think about.
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Well I'd figure 30-40 psi would do fine. I have a gauge that messures how much psi my spigot puts out, but I haven't measured in a few years. I need just enough to put the foam soap on the truck and enough to wash it off, so 40psi should be plenty.
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