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Old 05-09-2015, 09:24 PM   #1
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did a water change today got things finished but I didn't hear the auto fill pump running , by the time I got everything shut down there must have been 30g of water in my living room . spent most of day sucking up water with my wet dry vac , was not a fun day at all , in the morn I need to go rent a carpet cleaner to get what ever I couldn't get with wet dry vac
on top of that it's snowing hard now in less than a hour we got over a inch and this is to go on till tomorrow nite they say anywhere from 8 to 12 inch by the time it's done , stupid ground hog was way off this year
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:46 PM   #2
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Whoa! Sorry to hear that. Hope the water damage isn't too bad. We're having weather in the low 80's here some days, surprised to hear that it's still snowing by you.
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Oh man, I've had this happen i was lucky for me it was only a 10g an 2 gallons top. Though I married the wet dry vac that I used it so much. Make sure you by a neutralizing agent as any missed water left with sour the carpet an that never smells good


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Whoa! Sorry to hear that. Hope the water damage isn't too bad. We're having weather in the low 80's here some days, surprised to hear that it's still snowing by you.
thats Colorado for ya looks like its turning into a blizzard
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I forgot I was filling one of my brute cans.....
for 2 hours!
It was an all weekend carpet deep cleaning session.
My basement is finished(and so was I almost by the wife when she came home!)
It came out real clean but there has to be a better way!
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there has to be a better way!
Use a float switch! A 5 dollar float switch will assure this will never happen again
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Use a float switch! A 5 dollar float switch will assure this will never happen again
Thanks Doug!
My 2 ro barrels have floats ,
But I still use 2 more for tap on wheels that go from room to room.
They also have heaters and powerheads in them so I have to shut stuff off and turn it on anyways.I thought about quick connect fittings but would still have to turn water on/off.
I just easily get distracted with all the tanks and the sound of running water is not uncommon in the fishroom!
I'm pretty sure if I was eliminated from a lot of the equations the errors would drastically be reduced.
Maybe some of the fun and stories to tell also!
We live we learn(hopefully).
This was 2 years ago and I haven't "completely" repeated the performance again,but I spill water almost everyday!
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Me too. Fortunately though, I don't have to wheel barrels around. I don't know how long I could stand doing that. Sink to RODI to barrels to tank is only 10-12 feet tops.
I also have a pressure switch in the system that shuts down the booster pump when the barrels are full, but the waste water will never stop running down the drain unless I manually shut it off.
Why not do the collecting in the barrels with float switches, then manually fill the moveable barrels while you are present?
It's funny you saying "the sound of running water is not uncommon in the fishroom!" but if you are like me, you kinda know the difference between the regular running water, and "something's wrong" running water...lol. At least I like to think i do
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It's funny you saying "the sound of running water is not uncommon in the fishroom!" but if you are like me, you kinda know the difference between the regular running water, and "something's wrong" running water...lol. At least I like to think i do
It really does sound different ,but I have almost had a heart attack(real panic at least) a few times for no good cause!
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Difference between a bad running and good water wakes you up at 4 am for a charge through the house.


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