# New Softener - Seek Programming Advice

Discussion in 'Water Softener Forum, Questions and Answers' started by krang, Aug 22, 2014.

1. ### krangNew Member

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Looking for some advice on softener programming:

Total chlorine: 1.8ppm
Hach 5B hardness: 25gpg
Iron: not detected

3/4" city water service, 20 micron pre-softener filter, 7.8GPM measured typical heavy usage flow rate. 2 adults, 4 kids (3-14), ~250G/day average usage over past 12 months.

Softener:
• Fleck 5600SXT
• BLFC sticker: 0.5GPM
• 3/4" stainless yoke (external plumbing bypass)
• 3.5GPM button/#2 blue injector
• 12x52 resin tank
• 2cuft Purolite C100x10
• gravel underbed
• 15x17x36 brine tank w/grid
Desire 7-8 day average regen with salt efficiency (salt efficiency > regen interval). Let me know if I missed anything. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

2. ### Gary SlusserThat's all folks!

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50K , 15 lbs, 1750 gallons = 7 days + a 24 hr reserve. You would use 43,750 grains with 6250 in reserve. IMO you would have been better off with a 2.5 cuft.

4. ### Reach4Well-Known Member

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Here is what I see as choices -- maybe I messed up the math somehow?:
6 lb/cf
C=30,000
BF=8
H=25
RS=rc
7000 in reserve ( in case last day is a little heavier than average)
RC=7000
DO=14 (in case you go away on vacation and use little water)

You regen every 3 days, or maybe 4 if you use less water.
While this does not meet your 7 day number, I believe it will use less salt.

If you did significant lawn watering or car washing, remember that water does not go thru the softener.

Other intermediate combinations:

8 lb/cf
BF=11 ( a little *over* 6 lb/cf since 10.7 is 8 lb/cf)
C=48,000
Regen about every 6 days

10 lb/cf
C=54,000
BF=14 ( a little *over* 10 lb/cf since 13.3 is 10 lb/cf)
I compute that for about every 8 days. Hmmm.

Last edited: Aug 23, 2014
5. ### krangNew Member

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Reach, thank you for spelling it out for me - that is what I needed. Gary, I agree, 2.5cf would have been better, but there is a backstory on why I chose the 2cf. A local yocal water co tested my water at 16gpg. That made me go with a 2cf unit. After talking with a neighbor, they said they had their water tested a year or so ago by one of the two big-name water treatment co and it was 24gpg. I ordered a Hach 5B kit based on info in these forums and ran it several times and got 25gpg. So here we are with a slightly undersized resin tank. Time to make lemonade.

6. ### Gary SlusserThat's all folks!

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6 lb/ft = 20,000 * 2ft = 40k, not 30. As I said above, at 50k he can get a regen every 7 days with a day in reserve.

7. ### krangNew Member

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Been talking with Reach, seems 8lb dosage is what I will start with and experiment from there based on the meter and titration tests. At 8lb dosage I calculate a regen every 6.7 days with 1 day reserve. Salt required is 66lb/month. Calculated some numbers, would appreciate a check by the experts:

BW = 10 (35gal @ 3.5gpm, resin spec says 10-25 gal/cuft, split the diff)
BD = 36 (5.9gal salt brine, 0.5gpm BLFC = 12 minutes BF, 3xBF for BF & slow rinse)
RR = 8 (or 10)
BF = 12 (16lb salt / 2.7lb/gal saturated = 5.9gal/ 0.5gpm BLFC)

Thanks

Last edited: Aug 24, 2014
8. ### Reach4Well-Known Member

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So you did. I made a mistake-- 30000 would have been for 1.5 cuft. I think I was confused by the "15 lbs".

9. ### Gary SlusserThat's all folks!

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No need to experiment, and if you get it wrong you then end up using capacity that you have to regenerate before you can 'correct' things.

If you read what I posted and check my math based on 6 in the family with 25 grain hard water and 250 gals/day, I think you'll see that my figures are correct. If not show me where they are wrong.

10. ### krangNew Member

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Don't think it is a matter of right vs wrong...I'm the new guy to this. When I ran the numbers for 6lb dosage, I came up with a regen every 5.4 days with 1 day reserve. I would use a bit more water, but save ~6lbs in salt per month. Below is a clip of results from a spreadsheet I put together based on my water parameters in first post:

On a tangent, the Purolite C100x10 resin came today and I was a bit disappointed to see "Made in China" right on the box.

11. ### Gary SlusserThat's all folks!

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I've just redone all my math and our figures aren't matching.... BTW, you get a max of 30,000 and 60,000 at 15 lbs/ft, not 32,000 and 64,000.

My math says 250*25= 6250 * 8= 50,000 / 25= 2000 gals - 250= 1750 / 250 = 7 days. 50,000/ 3333=15.001 lbs.

12. ### krangNew Member

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I'm not the expect, so correct if I am wrong. This part "250*25= 6250 * 8= 50,000 / 25= 2000 gals - 250= 1750 / 250 = 7 days" is correct for stretching 8lb dosage by 2000 grains (8lb dosage being 24,000/cuft = 48000 for 2cuft).

The "50,000/ 3333=15.001 lbs." looks incorrect to me. The math is correct, the 3333 is what I am getting stuck on. Looks like 3333 is the grains removed @ 6lb setting (20000/6) while 24,000/8 = 3000. 48000/25=1920gal - 250 (reserve) = 1670gal/regen / 250 = 6.68days. 48000/3000=16lbs.

I corrected the 15lb setting for 30k/60k. I also corrected the lbs NaCl/gal as I was using 2.7lb and should have been 2.991lb (3lb).

13. ### ditttoheadWater systems designer, R&D

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Keep it simple.

1: set time to 12:01 P.M.
2: push and release “regen” button
3: push and hold ^ v buttons to enter master program mode
Push “regen” button between each step to get to next step
4: DF Gal, factory set, leave as-is
5: VT dF1b, factory set, leave as-is
6: CT Fd factory set. Leave as-is
7: NT---1 factory set. Leave as-is
8: C Set to 48.0
9: H 25 factory set, leave as-is
10: RS Set to SF
11: SF Set to 20

12: DO 14 factory set, leave as-is
13: RT 2:00 factory set, leave as-is
14: BW Set to 5
15: BD 60 factory set, leave as-is
16: RR Set to 5
17: BF set to 11 for .5 BLFC

18: FM t0.7 factory set, leave as-is

Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
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