RO/DI in an apartment???

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  1. stevebcbr

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    Is there a way to set up an RO/DI system in an apartment that can be easily uninstalled when moving out? I'm kind of getting tired of hauling water from the LFS up to my apartment.


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    Yeah, just get one that has a screw on fitting that will mount to a faucet. You might have to watch water pressure depending how many floors you're up from ground level, so consider a booster pump.
     
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    Any of the BRS ones will work. If you get the 4stage value Plus, you get the faucet attachment with it. I use that one in my kitchen even though I own my house.
     
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    You can either get a screw on fitting that replaced the screen on your faucet (you can't use the faucet with it installed) or you can get one that goes between the water valve and the braided metal line that goes into the bottom of the faucet (you can use both the RO and the sink without changing anything out).
     
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    I used this adapter in the bathroom at my old apartment
    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/chrome-faucet-diverter-valve.html

    Pretty sure the same thing darksky and mbauma were referring to.

    I HIGHLY recommend a float valve and auto shutoff valve if you don't already have one. I once accidentally left mine running for hours while we were gone at dinner. Bucket overflowed so much that the unit underneath called the landlord when there was water dripping from their lights... Eeek!! Luckily no damage that we had to pay for but it could have been much worse.
     
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    Thanks for the info! Is the BRS six stage the unit to get?


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    How bad is the water where you're at? Six stage isn't a bad idea, but if your water already has a very low TDS number from the tap, the four stage might be sufficient.
     
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    I've never tested the water here. I'm in Eagan


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    TDS? Total dissolved...


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    I use a 4 stage and i'm on a well and it works fine.
     
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    Solids...got it.


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    I've done both ways in an apartments,

    threaded faucet screen adapter to a quick disconnect fitting

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    If your apartment has a washer/dryer hookup, Its easy to use a Y adapter off your washers cold water and cable tie the waste waster to go into the washer drain.


    Washer hookup is the most ideal instead of connecting and disconnecting from faucet all the time.
     
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    This is the same connection setup I have been using for years now. I introduced a brass Y on the cold water line for the washing machine water line. This works if you have a washing machine in your apartment. Then, at the time you do move out and move on, you can easily disconnect the RO/DI system and simply reconnect the water line directly to washing machine.
     
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    This is what I do in my apartment. Works very well.
     
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    Be careful with these if you choose this option and I would not recommend them to anyone. I've bought two and both failed and sprayed water everywhere after long enough use. Maybe it was pressure stress or corrosion, but both of the brass y fittings (with small shut off valves on each end) failed at the input side and soaked my basement.

    Best adapter I've used is directly from the faucet and it screws right into the threads where you remove the faucet aerator. Get a metal one because the plastic ones are really easy to strip out and pop off under pressure. Got mine on Amazon.

    Directly plumbed with a shut off is the best option and you could do it from the cold water to the toilet like has been mentioned.
     
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    I picked up the BRS faucet diverter and it has been working flawlessly. Thanks for all the input!


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    It will work like the others said as long as you get the adapter to screw in the faucet. With that being said though, I just moved from a rental where water was only $10 a month flat. I'm sure they monitored it because I got a "surprise" visit from them one day and was told that I would have to stop or pay more in water which I did. Just something to think about.
     

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