I went to the local hardware store to get a five micron, whole house water filter. You know, I want to ensure we have the cleanest well water possible. 'Clean well water' is a bit of oxymoron still it's very much potable. I drink it. I shower in it, brush my teeth with it. So installing a filter seemed the logical solution for cleaner
water. We already have a Reverse Osmosis system in the kitchen.
I approached the task like any other household chore. You know, with a how-hard-can-it-be attitude. I started at 11:00am. Gathered my tools. Arranged them all in one place. Got some lead-free solder, a new can of propane. I even read the instructions.
The filter that I bought leaked upon installation. (So did one of my soldering joints.) I went back again to the hardware store to get another replacement for this POS. Installed it and it leaked as before. Perhaps my well's jet pump has too much pressure? I never had any issues with high pressure on my well - quite the opposite. But can't complain really. I called the 1-800 phone number of the filter and the person told me it was normal that the filter leaked when put in by-pass mode. Leaked! This thing gushed both times. They told me to just put a bucket underneath it and wait for it to evaporate. Anyway, I read the fine details and it said the entire filter would have to be changed every five years and the actual filter every 3 or 4 months. I got the idea that this would be more work than I initially figured on.
In the end, I took the second filter back again for a refund this evening. Got another one - same model. While putting the boots to one compression joint my adjustable wrench broke, rather exploded. Sonofa$#@!... I have come to the realization that soldering copper joints with a smoken' hot jet of blue fire in tight dark spaces is not my handyman forte, especially doing it numerous times. I finished the evening with a newly installed 1 foot of shiny new copper pipe to make up for all the cuts I made throughout the day. It's now 10pm. No filter. But I figure the well water is good enough as we have the water tested regularly and
I didn't have to pay for a plumber, though it would have eliminated today's headache. Stick a fork in me, I'm done. With plumbing anyway.
If there's one lesson I learned from this experiece, it's heat the fitting - not the pipe. That way the solder is sucked into the joint when the optimal temperature is reached. That and the fact that I hate plumbing. Plumbing sucks.