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Old 16-12-2007, 04:35 PM posted to rec.gardens.orchids
K Barrett K Barrett is offline
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I dunno Ray. Do you really want to compete with Home Depot, Costco or
Lowes? They have larger warehouses than you do, no? And return
desks/clerks. I was at HD looking at bathroom fixtures and got sidetracked
by their r/o & filtration systems (just to see what's available these days.)
The myriad of choices was astounding. I think information about choosing a
system would be more helpful. Like: Do charcoal filters work? How big a
molecule is actually filtered in those prefilter systems and could one get
away with one of those instead of the actual r/o system? etc.

K Barrett

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Oops. That last paragraph was supposed to ask if it's "worth" it, not
"work" it.


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I am thinking about adding RO systems and components to my product line,
as it looks like I can get top quality components and still offer better
prices than I typically see on the retail front. I believe I can offer 50
or 60 gpd systems for about the same price or better than most retailers
offer 25 gpd systems. I probably wouldn't offer anything smaller, as the
cost differential is minimal, larger-capacity systems refill quicker, and
there's nothing that says you have to use the entire capacity!

The concept is to offer replacement components, as well as complete
systems, but it's the definition of "complete" that's the sticking point,
as I don't want to have to carry too many components.

The "standard" 4-stage unit on the market consists of a saddle valve to
tap into an exiting water line, a sediment prefilter, carbon prefilter to
remove chlorine and organic compounds, membrane with outlet flow
restrictor, drain saddle for the flush water, auto shutoff valve, a 3- or
4-gallon pressure tank (that's the maximum amount of instantly-available
water), and a faucet. Typically they are installed under a sink, with the
faucet installed in one of the holes next to your normal faucet.

My own system does not use the tank or faucet, as I store the water in a
large tank instead. Do you think it's work including them in my own
standard system?

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