Welcome to the Big Blue Whole House Water Filter Install Part One. In this video Aquaman installs a Pentek 20-BB whole house water filter in his own home. Be sure to watch part 2 also.

Big Blue Whole House Water Filter Install Part One Video Transcript

Welcome to Water Wisdom sponsored by WaterFilters.NET. I'm your host Aquaman, and today we're installing a large 20 inch, big blue filter housing in my home. Behind me here is my hot water closet. To the left is the hot water heater, and off to the right is where the inlet of the water to my home is. At the bottom is the main inlet valve, and conveniently already installed where a softener once was is a bypass loop. I'm going to use the inlet and outlet of those hoses as the inlet and outlet for my whole house water filter.

The first step is mounting this mounting bracket to the wall in my hot water heater closet. I've already taken into account the height that I need and I'm mounting mine way above the floor where there's no worries. You have to make sure you have enough room to remove the filter sump and not be blocked by the floor or something below it. I'm mounting mine right here. I'm going to mark these holes, and then I'm going to drill the holes. I've got my drill; I'm using a half inch drill bit based on the type of wall anchors I'm using. That might be different from your particular situation. I've installed some wall anchors in these two locations where I did not have a stud. This side has a stud. And now I'm going to screw them on. And we're there; that's not going anywhere. And it's important that it be firmly secure because that big 20 inch big blue sump is going to have a couple of gallons of water in it and maybe a heavy carbon filter.

Now I'm going to shut off the valve to this bypass loop. The main inlet valve is there, and then there is a valve for each the inlet and outlet side, which is really convenient, if this weren't here I would install a valve on both the inlet and outlet side for convenience when changing filter cartridges. It's a huge convenience and worth the effort to do it; it's already done for me here. So these I have already turned off, and now we are going to disconnect this plumbing assembly. Alright so I've disconnected the bypass from my old softener. Don't need that anymore. And I have left over, the inlet and outlet water lines that I'm going to attach to my cap. This cap has three quarter inch female pipe thread inlet/outlet size. And I've got three quarter inch male inlet here. Now on the one side, on the inlet, I'm not going to use a union which will be necessary for the other side, because I can just attach the cap right here right now, like this.

For starters I'm going to install this nipple which, as you can see again, I've coated with Teflon tape. Don’t forget that; Teflon tape is your best buddy when you're doing plumbing work. I'm installing this nipple into this union. Now I'm going to attach the nipple to the other side of my cap, which I have over here. So now I have firmly attached the union and nipple to the cap. I've tightened it down until I can’t get it any further tight with a pliers. And now I'm going to attach the cap to the mounting bracket itself. Now I'm beginning the process of mounting the cap to the mounting bracket. I've already started a couple of the lag screws. And I'll be putting the other ones in; in a moment. I'm using 5/16" x 1-1/4" lag screws. It’s better if they have a shaft at the top, but if they don't get a couple of washers. I'm using three washers on each one to make sure that I don't pierce down through the cap. If you get the 5/16" x 1-1/4" with the shaft on top, you're in good shape.

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