Can a Descaler Improve My Water Quality?

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Rob Krall

Subject: My Wateer Descaler Softens My Skin

I will not mention any brands here but my descaler has done wonders for my clothes and dish washing, not to mention how wonderful my families skin and hair are. We live in Indiana with very hard water and it sure does show on the populations skin here. I have a GE stainless steel dishwasher and does not have any "build-up" what so ever. We also drink our water because after the descaler it hits a whole house carbon filter and our water is amazing, you can drink it right out of the shower head. I cringe everytime i pull up to a gas station and see those bags of salt for sale.

S H S RAO

Subject: Electronic De-scaler Worked in residential system

Scaling ( Calcium or Magnesium etc) inside the pipe has been slowly & steadily cleared in my house piping system after using Electronic Descaling unit. Clogging has reduced or eliminated which has been noticed by tap water running full. No scale in solar water heater ( Glass tube type), all control valves smoothly working. I HAVE NOT USED ANY BRANDED UNIT. Based on the broad information available on internet on FREQUENCY, CURRENT, WINDING etc, I have made my own electronic circuit and used. I too had the doubt of its working. But after 4-6 weeks its effectiveness is visible. I cannot yet say other feature like good for hair, tastes better etc. Now I am starting to try the same, in a house where the hardness is 1000-1200 ppm & piping system is 1.25 inch, which is a real challenge. So far my circuit features, 12V power supply, 5 to 10kHz square wave continuously varying, 1 to 1.2A the coil current. Still my unit is on Breadboard (prototype), from last 8 months, and working, consumes around 10Watts.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.