Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One more thing

Yesterday, my lovely wife said, “I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear.”

Sounds ominous, doesn’t it?

All she wanted was a whole house water filter. She knew I’ve been doing a lot of work on the plumbing and probably didn’t want to do any more. I agreed with her that it was probably a good idea and picked one up at the hardware store.

In the 40 or so years that the well was in use, it never had a filter. Why would a fresh mountain spring need a filter? The water always was pretty good, but things change. In the last 40 years a couple more cottages were built in the area. The well cover is getting old and probably should be replaced next summer. Heck, we’ve even had a couple earthquakes that shook things around a bit. The water still looked and tasted fine, but why take chances?

The system I got was a simple cartridge filter type. The filter housing has a shut off built in to make it easier to change the old filters. To install, I had to cut the main feed line from the pressure tank to the rest of the house and splice in the filter. Since that part of the house is all flexible plastic pipe, it was pretty easy going.

While I was at it, I picked up a couple of spare filter cartridges. Eventually, they plug and up and have to be replaced. The spare filters, filter wrench, and instructions will be stored right next to the filter housing. That way everything will be there when I need it next.

After my wife saying she was going to tell me something I didn’t want to hear, I was relieve it was something that could be fixed with tools and stuff from the hardware store.



  1. Although those type filters are only good for that which cannot hurt you anyway...
    For drinking water , R.O. is the only way other than distillation or chemicals. Or perhaps U.V.

  2. Yeah, I'd have entered full on panic mode when the wife told me she had to tell me something I didn't want to hear.


  3. Bet that phrase certainly got your attention!

    Glad it wasn't anything important, if you know what I mean!

  4. That phrase immediately sends me into a panic, because it's either gonna cost me a bunch of money, work, or both. Ya got off easy : )

  5. Spud: it makes here happy and keeps the leaves out of the plumbing

    As for the rest of you: yes the phrase send a cold shiver down my spine. I did get off easy.

  6. WE have one of these and just moved it from under the house (VERY inconvenient to change) to on the wall beneath the kitchen window last month. It makes a considerable difference in clearing sediments from the well...since the 30+ year holding tank has a lot of mineral crud in it.

    I'd like to replace that tank, but 2 or the other 3 well sharers are cheap and/or broke. So, until it fails..that is all we get-- filters!