Tilted the new softener cylinder downwards while on stairs. Any problem?

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Hi there,
This might not be a big thing but I am new to all this so just wanted to confirm.
My friends moved the cylinder from the main floor to the basement using stairs and they carried it tilted towards its mouth (where the fleck valve attaches). It was not like a complete up side down position but almost 45 degree angle towards mouth and when they were down in the basement they put it correct position.
Is there anything bad in such way of transportation. Like resin beads coming up towards mouth and blocking anything etc. Just though to ask how stupid it might be.
 

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45 degrees or a little more?? No problem.

Many softeners have a top basket where even a really big tilt would not cause a problem.
 

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Ok Thanks. On my cylinder. I see a thread for the valve to screw on and then a pipe opening that goes down. Does that pipe goes all the way to the bottom of the tank and resin is all around it. I do not understand how these cylinders are constructed inside. And how do they work. Is everything water/brine wise achieved by that single pipe going into this cylinder? Any material on how does the cyclinder work will be helpful for my understanding. Thanks
 

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The distributor tube goes to the bottom of the tank where the bottom basket has slots small enough to exclude the resin beads.

On many softeners the distributor tube is 1.05 inches OD, which is the same size as 3/4 inch PVC. On many softeners it is larger, and it is smaller on a few.

This picture shortens the height aspect of the tank a lot.

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Here are some pictures of my softener cylinder. Will the Valve just be screwed at the top? All water in and out from that pipe? Am I missing something?
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Here are some pictures of my softener cylinder. Will the Valve just be screwed at the top? All water in and out from that pipe?
Water goes one way in the center of the distributor tube (up during normal softening operation, and down during backwash).
Hard water goes the other way around the outside of the pipe. So actually the red and blue arrows are backwards on the picture I showed for normal operation. Did your dealer send instructions? If not, ask.

I think that white thing around your distributor tube is a plug, and would be unscrewed before screwing on the valve. I have not seen one of those before. I don't like it because it does not hold the distributor tube down for shipping. I am confused. Normally the distributor tube top is about even with the top of the tank. So is your distributor tube poking out too much? I am not a pro.

The industry-standard thread is 2.5 inch with 8 TPI.
 
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That white shipping cap will need to be removed. Whether an upper screen is already installed cannot be determined until after the white cap is removed.

The diagram included in post #4 is incorrect as the service flow direction is shown opposite to how it is to flow. While some softeners are configured for upflow brining, the service flow hard water continues to flow downward through the resin media.

Hard water will enter at the top of the tank through the larger opening surrounding the riser tube in the center. While the hard water is flowing down to the tank bottom through the resin within the tank, hardness will be removed. Softened water will rise from the bottom through the riser tube in the center.

The riser tube does not appear to have risen as the top of the riser tube appears in your side view image to be essentially even with the top of the tank.
 
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