I can't believe it!

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Our local cable provider (Cox) airs a live 'Cable Auction' six nights a week from 9pm 'til 3am. This is sort of a 'you name the price' tag sale, featuring mfg.'s over-runs, discontinued, demo, floor models, and probably customer returns, etc. (I'm guessing, here, since I don't have 'inside' info. :), )but I still get some terrific buys. Two nights ago, one of the items up for bid was an AquaRain 400 (tm) filter, an almost exact clone of the 'Big Berkey' and available on the 'web for $219.95...I was the winning bidder at $20.00!!

When I picked it up, I found one of the 4 ceramic filters was broken in its bubble wrap. With only 3 elements in use, it will produce 18 gallons of pure water per day, so I am going to attempt a repair on the element using J-B Weld since it was a 'clean' break. Hey, even if it can't be repaired, I still have a $20.00 3 element, 3 gallon, stainless steel 'Berkey' type filter and a replacement element is about $39.00.

That same night I was winning bidder on a solar/battery/crank style AM/FM radio new in the box for $15.00, works great! Now if they would just get some canned goods, beans, and rice.... :-)

Ray in OKC, OK 11/08/1999

-- Ray (raymondo@prodigy.net), November 07, 1999


Bargains, what a great feeling! I have run across bargains on portable water filters at various stores (Coleman & PUR) anywhere from $2 - $10. I of course have a full Berky with 12 backup filters and the siphons to use the candles independently. I went bananas anytime I saw a filter bargain so I have extras to give away to family and neighbors. I could never use that many (hopefully) and know others are not thinking of this, so let the bargains begin!

-- Sammie (sammiex0@hotmail.com), November 07, 1999.

I think you'd be better off ordering a replacement filter and a full set of spares.

Using JB Weld on a filter will cause two problems:

First: JB Weld will probably block the water flow through the filter.

Second: JB Weld may not be something you want to have in contact with your drinking water. It is a self-catalyzing epoxy and those types of products normally do contain a long list of nasty chemical compounds. Better to play things safe and get at least one new filter to plug into the empty spot.

Save the JB Weld for unexpected patch jobs after rollover.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), November 07, 1999.

try www.pwgazette.com for replacement filters. Good prices and good service. ( normal disclaimer...I have no financial interest, etc)

-- (rcarver@inacom.com), November 07, 1999.

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