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    My dishwasher is so old, my mom gave it a name over 60 some years ago.
    She called it Jim Lampe.

    The last apartment I rented (1984-1990) had one.
    We lived there 4 years before trying to use it. But I could not figure out how to turn it on, so I called the landlord.
    She couldn’t believe that I’ve never used it before that day I called.
    There was a light switch on the backsplash in the kitchen that turned it on.
    And I thought the light switch was for some outlet that didn’t work.
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    That unit looks like a nice unit for the price. Nice thing too is it is metered so only recharges when needed. Only thing you need to do is get test strips and determine the grains of hardness you have or look at the federally required water report your utility puts out. So if you see you typically have 28 grains hardness set the meter for that and you're done. Then even if your DW is running, a shower is going what have you, you wil always have treated but not over treated water

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    Yea I think it's decent and better then what I had before.
    I read my report and can't make any sense out of that https://ci.montgomery.il.us/Document...-Report?bidId=
    So I'll get some strips.
    Thanks!

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    Your report doesn't show dissolved minerals so you'll need to find a way to test it for that. Primarily you'll be looking at lime/calcium. You show some iron content but not enough IMO to warrant a separate iron removal filter. The softener should handle the 1 PPM you have

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMichaels View Post
    Your report doesn't show dissolved minerals so you'll need to find a way to test it for that. Primarily you'll be looking at lime/calcium. You show some iron content but not enough IMO to warrant a separate iron removal filter. The softener should handle the 1 PPM you have
    Yea, that's what I thought, medium hardness.

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    We used the dishwasher pods (for convenience) for 6 months and got mediocre results. Started using liquid out of the bottle - bazinga! sparkling clean dishes.

    So... if using pods, give the liquid a try to see if makes a difference.

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    If you have soft water and dishes are not coming clean drop the soap amount.

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    I use the pods with great results. Though next lot of pods we're going to try the Costco branded ones. So we'll see how they work, but the Cascade branded ones we're using work just great

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    After the problems we had with the HE Kirkland branded liquid laundry detergent, some things I just won't trust with the Kirkland name. The laundry detergent failed to dissolve completely, and led to leaking water on the floor. Switched to a name brand that did dissolve completely, no issues after.

    I do get the Cascade tablets in Costco.

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    I didn't buy the Cascade ones there because Sam's has them cheaper but the Kirkland ones seem to be doing a really good job in my dad's machine so thought I would give them a try. One nice thing about Costco. If one of their branded products ever makes you unhappy bring it back they will refund it

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