RUSCO Sediment Trapper Video Transcript
Filter Doctor: Today I have a special guest with us from Rusco, this is Brad Anderson. Brad thanks for being with us today.
Brad: Youíre welcome.
Filter Doctor: Brad, the Rusco product line is a really great sediment filter line that I want our clients and viewers to know about, tell me about the Rusco system. What is it, what do I use it for, and why do I need one?
Brad: Rusco is designed for sand, sediment and hard scale; stuff you can physically see with the naked eye thatís going to settle out in about ten seconds.
Filter Doctor: Ok, so if Iíve got cloudy water, if Iíve got really fine silt then this isnít for me?
Brad: No, that you want to do with a backwashing sediment filter, this is for the bigger chunks that are out there.
Filter Doctor: Ok, so something I can physically see or feel the particle size?
Filter Doctor: Ok. Now what are some common applications that these are used for? For example, am I going to use this on well water, or city water, or for both or what?
Brad: Use it on both, I would put it on every well application, especially if youíve got steel casing. If youíve got sediment and scale that comes off the casing thatís going to get into the house and cause problems with the aerators, water softeners or washing machines. City water mains, this time of the year when theyíre flushing the water mains out, youíre going to get sediment coming into the house that you donít realize. There are basically unlimited applications on these.
Filter Doctor: There are a lot of people out there watching who donít realize how much sediment is really in city water, right?
Brad: Definitely. You put one of these in youíll be amazed at what you catch in the filter.
Filter Doctor: This is true of myself, I have a cartridge system, of course, thatís picking up really small particles; but I was stunned at how much crud was in my city water that Iíve been drinking for years. It was a clear glass of water, I had no idea when I removed the filter that it was going to be black and brown with sludge all over it. It was really gross, so people are going to capture stuff. Now what about irrigation systems or lawn sprinklers, that kind of thing; this is useful for that as well, right?
Brad: Anytime youíre spraying water through a nozzle, if the particle is large enough to plug the nozzle, Rusco can catch that size; the Rusco filter, so itís smaller than what your particle is that will plug the nozzle and youíre going to have no problem downstream, plugging up the sprinkler head or grinding up your impact heads.
Filter Doctor: Ok, great, so we want to do that. Can you explain the difference to me between a trapper system and a regular spin down system?
Brad: Sure. Basically the heads are all the same, youíve got a molded head where the water comes in, youíve got a molded bar that causes the water to spin; smooth screen so the sediment doesnít attach to it. Water flows through here and clean water goes to the house, so all of the filters have the same head. On a spin down version, the screen goes all the way to the bottom, the sediment that is down here stays here; it can actually come and recoat the screen on a spin down version. The trapper version, the advantage on this one; youíve got a screen where the sediment comes down, the spin action stops here and the sediment is trapped on the bottom. So this is called the sediment trap, the advantage on this one over the short version is the sediment constantly is being scoured away from the screen and gravity drops it down so itís trapped. The shorter version, the sediment that gets built up down here can actually spin back up and recoat the screen. So youíre going to get better performance out of the sediment trapper version on the ĺ and the 1 inch. Inch and a half and two, youíve got a clear housing; the housings are the same the difference between the sediment trapper and the spin down is the sediment trapper has a shorter screen, large storage area. The spin down version, the screen goes all the way to the bottom. So on this one; if you have a lot of sediment, youíre going to have a lot more storage on this one. The larger screen actually gives you a little more surface area youíre going to get more flow rate, so on the 1 Ĺ and 2, I recommend the spin down version over the sediment trapper; youíre just going to get longer performance out of the filter itself.
Filter Doctor: Ok, great. These have a flush valve built into the bottom, thatís this here right?
Brad: Youíve got a Ĺ inch ball valve, basically flush it away as the sediment builds up.
Filter Doctor: Just flush it down and then what; you can have a hose here that it goes to a drain or just put a bucket under?
Brad: Just a bucket, usually you donít have that much that you need to flush it to a drain.
Filter Doctor: Now, you brought a functioning trapper system here, and weíre going to zoom in on that so you can see it in operation. Youíll actually see the cyclone action and the sediment trapping down below in the trapper.
Brad: So on the spin down sediment filter, the heads molded so the water spins. This is the sediment trapper version, centrifugal action pushes the sediment against the housing, gravity drops it down, the spin action stops here and the sediment is trapped. So all youíve got to do is open the valve and flush the sediment out; this is just a recirculating demonstration, but it gives you the spin action that the Rusco provides.
Filter Doctor: Now, Brad, talk to me about fittings. There are things that we do want to do and things that we donít want to do that might harm a system if we use the wrong kind of connections when weíre plumbing these into a system. Can you talk about that a little?
Brad: Rusco comes with either a 1 inch glue socket on the small heads or a ĺ female thread. On the ĺ female thread, this is a fitting thatís actually molded into the head from the factory. I had them test this; I had them put it in the freezer and then bury a steel nipple in here until you bury the fitting, these do not crack. If you take the 1 inch glue socket head and you put a female thread bushing in here and tighten the male nipple into here, thereís a very good chance youíre going to crack it, because with Teflon tape it feels like itís not tight enough and you keep over tightening it. So what I recommend is, take a schedule 80 nipple, cut it in half, put the glued end in; male plastic over with the metal female, youíll have no problem with this. You can tighten this as tight as you want and you will not crack it. If you do a female bushing in here, you will crack it. Same with on the bigger filters, if youíve got the 1 Ĺ, these are glue socket fittings, if you use a slip by slip bushing if this is a female thread bushing, putting a male nipple in here, you are going to crack the bushing probably 70% of the time, which is a big problem youíve got to take it all apart. Again, go slip by slip bushing, with the male nipple, male plastic-metal female, again you can tighten this as tight as you want and youíre not going to have an issue. Just donít use a female bushing on these.
Filter Doctor: And this is all schedule 80 PVC, so itís your standard primer and glue, stuff that everyone knows about that has anything to do with PVC. We have to be careful about cracking this valve also, right?
Brad: Correct, itís a PVC female thread ball valve, comes with Teflon tape from the factory. When you tighten this it seals before this is physically tight. If you tighten this all the way up where it bottoms against the bottom of the housing, thereís a real good chance youíre going to crack this valve, and thatís going to cause an issue. Just snug it up, thatís all the tighter you need to go on this, do not over tighten this or you will crack that.
Filter Doctor: Leave some threads showing, leave a couple threads showing, otherwise you get into danger of cracking it.
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