The most important thing in building your own water
maker is to sort through what I like to call the Cruise
Rumor BS that will lead you down the wrong path. I see it all the time, people mis-matching pump flow with membrane surface area or mis-matching the power requirements of their Hp pump and motor
vs sea water rated fittings, pumps, etc. Make these mistakes
up front to save money
and most of the savings you thought you had will be washed away when you replace or repair what broke and didn't work.
So...now, how do you get trust worth advise on the topic...easy....ask a guy that builds water makers for a LIVING!
Here, first download a copy of our standard 20 Gallon per hour water maker manual: www.cruiserowaterandpower.com/uploads/sm20.pdf
Then if you are serious about building your own, read every page, study every diagram and photo
BEFORE you start ordering parts
off ebay and online. Actually take the time to understand what's going on, why things are plumbed and set-up the way they are etc. If you just want a Step A, B, C non-thinking plug
and play project
, then building your own isn't for you and will end up costing you more in the end. Trust me I've seen it and can give you email
address to a dozen guys that have told me of their disasters to warn you off. But if you are willing to learn what's going on, it's a good DIY project
All the time I talk to folks with a 90% done water maker by the time they find out it won't work
and to fix the problem will drive their costs over what they could have bought a complete ready to do water maker with a full 3yr warranty. Those are usually bummer type of phone
calls and email
exchanges. So GET THE INFO FIRST and get some advice FIRST before you start buying parts
. Don't listen to your dock
buddy or anonomys chat room guy who has never built or operated a water maker, but "has a buddy that did once"...ha ha ha
I'm always available to help, so just ping me.