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Old 12/06/2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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Mixing station layout

Iím about to redo my mixing station and I made a rough sketch of what I have planned. Any suggestions or recommendations?





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Old 12/06/2017, 02:56 PM   #2
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Here's what I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhPVjRd58VM

This has worked very well for me. I don't think I would change anything if I did it again.


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Old 12/06/2017, 03:39 PM   #3
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I dont see a spigot for the bottom tank. If you need to clean it maybe you should add one. Do you plan on recirculating the salt water mix some how?


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Old 12/06/2017, 03:50 PM   #4
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Sorry for the brief post. I was in the middle of a Death by PowerPoint presentation and had saltwater on the mind.

My thoughts are to let 20 gallons gravity feed into the lower can. Iíll add salt through a hole that Iím planning on cutting on the upper part of the can and somehow hinging it to close it. The stand Iím building will sit right above the bottom can so access through the top will not be an option. I plan on having a power head inside to circulate and mix. I assume this is what you meant. I donít have a spigot on the bottom but I assume this is common practice?


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Old 12/06/2017, 03:51 PM   #5
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Old 12/06/2017, 07:19 PM   #6
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Check out the video I linked to above, I think it is the way to go.


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Old 12/06/2017, 07:28 PM   #7
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If you have crud build up in the bottom tank from salt mixing, would you not want to flush that out once in a while? Placing a spigot that can drain that tank will be helpful. If your pump stops working and needs to be replaced and there is water in the bottom tank, it would be nice to drain it before removing the pump. Other wise I see a lot of water on your floor.


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Old 12/06/2017, 07:36 PM   #8
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Check out the video I linked to above, I think it is the way to go.


Iím not seeing the link.

Iíve added a bottom pipe to the barrel and notched out some cuts to prevent a vacuum as it sucks up the bottom of the barrel water. Itís not glued incase there are any other recommendations.


I am now also wondering if my plans for the plumbing with 1Ē pipe is too much. Should I have gone with 3/4Ē? The bulkheads are in but I can always reduce it.


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Old 12/07/2017, 12:16 PM   #9
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I would put Tee on the discharge of the pump and go back into the top of your mixing tank. No need for a pump inside the container in that case. Plus you could valve all 3 locations around the pump if you need to isolate it.


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If you use clear tubing to go back into the top from the pump it makes a nice level indicator when the pump is off.


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Here's what I did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhPVjRd58VM


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Old 12/07/2017, 07:14 PM   #12
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Ok, thanks for all the input. I think Iím going to reroute the saltwater back into the mixing can to circulate it.

Thanks for the video. Iíll look for some more on YouTube to get a better look at the layout of plumbing.




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Old 12/09/2017, 06:57 PM   #13
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Iíve been working late the past two days on this project and Iím 98% done.

All thatís left is putting one more valve on the discharge to the bottom barrel and getting a 3/4Ē vinyl hose. No more rolling brutes for this guy. One day Iíll get to the auto water changing stage.


I made the top level sit right above the bottom can so I had to come up with a way to deposit the salt into the can. I came up with this hopper from some 2 and 3Ē pvc. Iíll get a cap to keep out debris.


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Old 12/10/2017, 09:47 AM   #14
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I think you’re going to be hard pressed getting dry salt into that pipe. It’s gong to be moist in that pipe and as soon as you start pouring it in and salt touches the inside of that pipe, it’s going to stick to the sides, clump and clog it up. If it were me, I would move the blue barrel backwards or to one side or the other just enough to remove the lid and pour the salt in. If it was offset from the upper tank a few inches instead of directly below it, that would solve the issue. Regarding the use of 1” PVC, that’s what I would have run so I think you made a good choice there.


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Old 12/10/2017, 10:21 AM   #15
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I thought about the moisture issue. Iíll give it a try and see how it works. I was going to make it out of 3Ē pipe but didnít want it to be too big.


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Old 12/10/2017, 11:37 PM   #16
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Love the Rubbermaid stock tanks, I use a 100G one for mixing salt, it has a RO/DO float for auto filling. Used my Iwaki to pump water into 100G sump.

After 25 years I finally have it all automated with just use of gate valves


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