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can you provide some links, brands, etc.?

I heard rave things about the Culligans and only want the best! :cheesygri
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Can anyone recommend a company in Milton to install a water softener?
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crimsondr wrote:
Jul 13th, 2009 2:14 pm
Can anyone recommend a company in Milton to install a water softener?
dont know if they go that far but I used these guys out of cambridge/kitchener

http://www.water1.ca/
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I am moving to a brand new home in Oct. I'm just wondering do I really need a water softener? Can I live without one?
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umlowcn wrote:
Aug 12th, 2009 1:45 pm
I am moving to a brand new home in Oct. I'm just wondering do I really need a water softener? Can I live without one?
you can - but your appliances/pipes/clothes will last longer if using one. Really depends on where you live and the hardness of the water.
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scoop wrote:
May 13th, 2009 6:52 pm
FWIW - I ended up going with a local water softener company. After doing more research and talking to a friend in the industry in the states, it seems most "experts" have nothing but bad things to say about the home depot and sears style of machines (cabinet style) vs the traditional two tank system. They apparently are much more likely to break down and require a great deal of maintenance in the future, and are less efficient in salt use and production of soft water.

Culligan quoted me $2300 for their system, but a local company installed an equivalent system for me for $980 after all taxes and charges - about the same as I would have spent for an inferior model at sears or homedepot.
Do you mind to share your local company info? Did you get a two tank system? Thanks
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Did a search and found this thread so didn't want to recreate one. Over the weekend I purchased the Kenmore Ultra 400 Softener and wanted to know if anyone here had one in operation and what their thoughts were on it.

http://www.sears.ca/gp/product/B002D3ER ... =398142011

I purchased it on a whim without much research so now doing my research before it gets delivered. The price was right and I intend to install it myself so figured I should give it a go.

I have read a lot of the posts on this forum as well as some other sites and the feelings are really mixed between the AiO "Big Box" units vs the Separate two tank models. I know more people are vocal about not liking the AiO units but for every one complaint I find one positive comment.
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RunnerForDeals wrote:
Oct 5th, 2009 10:57 am
Did a search and found this thread so didn't want to recreate one. Over the weekend I purchased the Kenmore Ultra 400 Softener and wanted to know if anyone here had one in operation and what their thoughts were on it.

I purchased it on a whim without much research so now doing my research before it gets delivered. The price was right and I intend to install it myself so figured I should give it a go.
happy with my Kenmore Ultra so far, installed it myself a few months ago. Pretty easy to do. it comes with plumbing connections for 3/4" copper lines so I upgraded some water supply piping from 1/2" to 3/4". Think I'm on my 3rd bag of salt since April 09
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scoop wrote:
Aug 12th, 2009 1:51 pm
you can - but your appliances/pipes/clothes will last longer if using one. Really depends on where you live and the hardness of the water.
What's a good way to test the Hardness of the water?? Are there any kits/testers available anywhere?
I want to make sure I even need one before I drop $1500 on a water softener
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Feb 22, 2010
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I wanted to bump this thread up to the top and see if anyone knows of any deals on a good water softener in the KW area. Any help find a reputable dealer with quality products at a fair price would be appreciated.

I've been lurking around the forums what seems like forever and finally joined so as I ask this question let me also say thanks for all the help I received in the past from the great posts here.
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xstatik wrote:
Dec 17th, 2009 9:20 am
What's a good way to test the Hardness of the water?? Are there any kits/testers available anywhere?
I want to make sure I even need one before I drop $1500 on a water softener
You can test hard water using a TDS tester or hard water test strips.

Both avaliable on eBay/online.

Where do you live? Most municipalities post water hardness data online.
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Dec 4, 2006
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Brad94 wrote:
Feb 23rd, 2010 8:35 pm
I wanted to bump this thread up to the top and see if anyone knows of any deals on a good water softener in the KW area. Any help find a reputable dealer with quality products at a fair price would be appreciated.

I've been lurking around the forums what seems like forever and finally joined so as I ask this question let me also say thanks for all the help I received in the past from the great posts here.
I recently had a Watersoftener and RO unit installed in our new place. After some research and referals from friends and colleagues we went with Ontario Soft Water on Victoria St.

This is their website:
http://www.gowatershopping.com/

So far (~2 weeks) everything is working great.

1500 installed taxes in for both the softener and the RO unit.
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RunnerForDeals wrote:
Oct 5th, 2009 10:57 am
Did a search and found this thread so didn't want to recreate one. Over the weekend I purchased the Kenmore Ultra 400 Softener and wanted to know if anyone here had one in operation and what their thoughts were on it.

http://www.sears.ca/gp/product/B002D3ER ... =398142011

I purchased it on a whim without much research so now doing my research before it gets delivered. The price was right and I intend to install it myself so figured I should give it a go.

I have read a lot of the posts on this forum as well as some other sites and the feelings are really mixed between the AiO "Big Box" units vs the Separate two tank models. I know more people are vocal about not liking the AiO units but for every one complaint I find one positive comment.
The price is right for the one tank models. The biggest problem is that many vital parts are made of plastic and will corrode from the salt.

But since here in Canada the two tank models are so damned expensive, you might be okay with the cheapo stuff.
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Brad94 wrote:
Feb 23rd, 2010 8:35 pm
I wanted to bump this thread up to the top and see if anyone knows of any deals on a good water softener in the KW area. Any help find a reputable dealer with quality products at a fair price would be appreciated.

I've been lurking around the forums what seems like forever and finally joined so as I ask this question let me also say thanks for all the help I received in the past from the great posts here.
I can't speak for an installer since I installed mine myself (was easy since there was an existing water softener). But I bought the Water Ace Model from Home Hardware which has a Fleck control valve. Had it installed for over 12 months now and it has been working great. I would recommend it to anyone and the price was $699 on sale.

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