Post by BrritSki
Anyone got one and have any recommendations please ?
Very hard water in Bedford - we used to have one of those magnetic coil
things when we lived here before, but I'm not sure it worked or that
there's any scientific evidence for them being efficacious. I think
medicinal compound  would be better.
 i.e. salt based system. What happened to permutit ? asked the
hairdresser when she spilt ammonium thioglycolate down her front.
We have used water softeners for nearly forty years; we knew the chief
engineer on the Queen Mary boaty thing for many years and he always tested
the softness of the water they were about to take on board for the boilers.
He had a scale he used on which the water they took on in New York measured
0.5 - on this same scale, the water in Reading measured 22; Jim referred to
this as ‘Liquid Bricks’.
We started with one of these in-line (or in-pipe) devices and, like you, am
not sure if it was as efficacious as Lily the Pink’s treatments. Next we
had a mains electricity driven clock governed device that cycled the salt
de-ionisation process at night - and that certainly did work. Upon moving
to this house, we had a new softener that gauged usage and thus
regeneration needs, based on the flow which operated a meter. A few years
back, this device stopped being so efficient and was replaced with the
latest model from the same manufacturer, it is an M2 Minimax. Cost is north
of a thousand squids but it certainly works well, without fuss or noise and
has two receptacles for the salt blocks. Having said all that; we are
currently suffering hard water due to the base of the receptacles ‘caking
up’ and preventing the blocks from dropping into the brine well. Every
couple of years I find there is a need to remove salt blocks and using a
flat wooden spatula, de-crust the sides of the salt receptacles so the
blocks can sink down unimpeded as required. I forgot this infrequent task
so it will take about a week for our usual softness to manifest itself