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    Dripping Kalk (Valve)

    For the folks that have dripped kalk...what are you using to control the drip rate, assuming that your not using a Kent doser.

    The gate valve (from Home Depot) I currently use is too stubborn to adjust which makes it difficult to set it to the exact drip rate that I'd like. I've tried a few pharmacies to see if they stocked the control for IV drips, but nobody had stock.

    Any recommendations on what and where?
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    why not just use the kent doser? you can try using an airline tube and tying a knot in it to slow the drip rate (the tighter the knot, the slower the rate) but that may easily get clogged with time.
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    Air valves are cheap & it's usually what's suggested for a DIY Kalk dripper. Just use the plastic ones.

    Somebody also suggested cutting two small wood blocks, drill a hole in them and tighten them using a wing nut & bolt.

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    Because I have a kalk reactor that I'm currently using...but it's not auto it's drip. (also, I'm not big on giving Kent $30+ for a plastic container and a valve when I only require the valve). The knot method is less accurate and more fuss than the gate valve I'm currently using. I'd like to see if there's something better out there.
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    Thanks Krugar, I'll try that...are they readily available at any hardware store?
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    pubber

    your using a KALK reactor so how are you gone to control drip on that? is it not set for your topoff? thats the way there supposed to work no?

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    Plastic air valves? They're $0.50 at the LFS. Wing nuts, bolts & wood can definately be found an any hardware store

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    I also use an air valve for my DIY Kalk dripper...never had a problem except when I open the valve too much at the beginning and the little screw comes out....doh!

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    Johnny...your right, most often it's by topoff, but I'm not currently set up to handle that so I have a large reservoir that's positioned above the reactor...the pressure forces the water into the reactor and back out to where it drips into the tank. Works fine...except I need a better valve.
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    Cool

    ahh, I see. I got my IV kit from a pharmacy on DALHOUSIE and YORK. going down DALHOUSIE its about 1 block or so on the left hand side. I found those drips always clogged after awhile. I'm not a big fan of the reactors. I just mix it in my toppoff and it has plenty of time to mix in my 2 sumps before going back to the tank.

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