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Magnets (Off Topic)

ALH_4 Member Posts: 1,790
It must depend on the exact content of the water, because my grandmother has those <a href="http://clearwatergmx.com/homewatersofteners.html"target="_blank">GMX</a> magnets on her water lines, and they do nothing. There was no discernable difference. Have other people had luck with these things?


  • singh
    singh Member Posts: 866
    Magnetic water sofner

    I needed to make room for my solar storage tank. So I got rid of the water softner.

    After few days, the dishes had a white film, aerators started to plug.

    The last week I been using magnets clamped to my cold water inlet. I was skeptical at first, and if it did not work, the boss of the house would nag me forever .

    IT WORKS !! Dishes are spotless, no more bags of salt every month, saving on water too, by not having a back flush cycle every few days.

    Who would have thunk it, Magnets.

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  • ttekushan_3
    ttekushan_3 Member Posts: 958
    Yup, I've had it work too.

    My understanding is that the water content has to have the right combination of minerals including silicates for the magnets to affect the water. The water, rather than forming calcite which is very hard and persistent, forms aragonite instead. The aragonite is softer and has a softening effect on the water. Works great in swimming pools and steam boilers too.

    Over time the calcite in a steam boiler will begin to soften, making scale removal take a small fraction of the chemicals formerly required.

    I picked up small ceramic magnets from a local surplus store for a buck a piece. The price of admission isn't bad this way. Most people notice a difference, and I certainly notice one in boiler descaling operations and water treatment.

    In some regions the magnets do little, I've heard.

  • bruce_21
    bruce_21 Member Posts: 241

    I don't know about these magic magnets. I just this week replaced an 80 gallon Phase III indirect totally loaded with lime that was regularly popping the relief and blowing white powder all over the place. The tenants had complained the water was too hot. It was like 175!!! but the control was set in the blue zone. We think the well for the control got covered with lime and so it couldn't know whatwas going on inside. The water tested 17 grains of hardness. The big magnet clamped around the inlet pipe didn't help this one. We installed a softener
  • ttekushan_3
    ttekushan_3 Member Posts: 958
    I'd really be ticked

    to purchase a $700.00 item that doesn't seem to do anything. I'm really kicking up my heels when I use $4 worth of the surplus ceramic magnets!

    And in my region, they really do help. Come to think of it, I attach them to the feed water line on every steam boiler I work on now. I've never charged for this added service. I just want my clients to have the boiler stay cleaner longer after I've worked on it and hoping that the client notices that the system's performance lasts longer after I've worked on it. I rarely mention it to the customer so I don't come off being any more eccentric than I already am :-)

    But still, I could make some awesome looking holders and...

  • jp_2
    jp_2 Member Posts: 1,935
    do they work on

    on PEX as well as copper as well as old steel pipe?

  • singh
    singh Member Posts: 866

    I did not spend no $700.00.

    I'd get a refund.

    I'm only reporting what I notice in my house. I'm a little kooky , but I know enough to sell a salt based water softner to my regular customers. I have a hard enough time explaining the benefits of ODR, if i start talking magnets , I might scare 'em away.

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