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Old February 18th, 2016, 08:09 AM
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Howdy, I did not want to hijack the previous thread. We finished building our RO last night and now wonder about its maiden flight. Seems like it should be cleaned by running it for awhile. I have well water that is high in minerals.
Would we be better off waiting until we get enough sap collected (Saturday or Sunday) to run or find a source of soft water? Wish we had some permeate.
Once I know that the RO runs correctly, I will try to post some pictures. Thanks, Jim
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Old February 18th, 2016, 09:33 AM
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Find someone with a soft water system. Do you know a dairy farmer with a good system you can get it from. How big is the unit and how many gallons do you want?
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It is a NF3 4"x 40" membrane with a 265 GPH Procon pump, 1 hp motor with a 3/4 hp shallow well feed pump. Guessing 60-80 GPH.
Just found out my buddy ran his soft well water thru his new Ray's 250 GPH RO and then ran sap the same day. Does that seem like a good way to go?
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Yup I rinse with soft water and go right to concentrate. I let the first concentrate run on the floor and check it to see when the concentrate actually starts coming out the line.
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It is a NF3 4"x 40" membrane with a 265 GPH Procon pump, 1 hp motor with a 3/4 hp shallow well feed pump. Guessing 60-80 GPH.
Just found out my buddy ran his soft well water thru his new Ray's 250 GPH RO and then ran sap the same day. Does that seem like a good way to go?
Thank you, Jim
Not sure it will matter with your membrane, but I did read in a CDL instruction manual that you are supposed to let the membrane soak for 24 hours before applying pressure. I saturated mine with distilled water before I concentrated sap, and I did this well in advance of concentrating sap. You are supposed to keep the membrane wet for its life too.
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