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06-14-2019 10:23 AM
lizsib I agree - they are very sloppy and frustrating
02-14-2018 12:46 PM
curlew We have had the same problem. We are in the process of ordering a dozen extra wing nuts. The cheapest we have found are here:
https://www.disasterstuff.com/store/...wCart.asp?cs=1
11-03-2014 10:59 AM
Nutty Old Geezer
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Originally Posted by kmgsky7 View Post
Where is the cheapest place to get a Berkey? They are sold out on their website and Amazon is more expensive then on their website.
I have used this place for several items. I am satisfied with their service. I bought the Big Berkey. Shows 258 with two black filters. I did buy 2 extra. We use ours daily. We refill the top about every other day and so far, after 9 months we have not had to do anything. Working fine.

http://omahaknife.com/index.php?id_c...oller=category

The info above you is old (starting in 2011). It would be better to start a new thread asking your question as some won't look.
11-02-2014 10:57 PM
mark1974 I bought mine from berkeyfilters.com. They are very near where I live and they have great customer service. I don't remember how their prices compare to other places.
11-02-2014 02:42 PM
kmgsky7 Where is the cheapest place to get a Berkey? They are sold out on their website and Amazon is more expensive then on their website.
06-17-2013 07:01 PM
mark1974
Fixed mine

I have had my Royal Berkey unit since the fall of '11 and love it but I too had the loose nut problem. I did the teflon trick before I ever found this forum and it maybe helped a tad but one unit was still seeping slightly. I didn't use food coloring but would dry the stem off real well and after a while it would be wet again with drops of water on top of the PF-2 filter below. I finally discovered that the threads are 11x1.50mm (very uncommon size of course). The OE wing nuts are true to size. Unfortunately the stems are not. I bought an 11x1.50 tap along with some 3/8" nylon wing nuts and nylon washers. I drilled the new nuts out with a 3/8" bit then tapped them with the 11x1.50 starter tap (tapered nose). I did not run the tap all the way through. I ran it until the nose was flush with the top of the wing nut. This causes the nut to thread on tight and gives it a snug enough fit to suck the filters up tight on their rubber sealing washers. I hope this helps someone else out. I got the tap at Carquest and the nylon washers at True Value.
10-16-2012 02:38 PM
HiGass Just curious, did you use a bolt or a nut? And how do you change the filters if they're JB Weld'ed in place?
09-05-2012 10:34 PM
hedley I used a bolt in place of the plastic wingnut that only strips out. Plus I jb welded the filter itself to the container. It's never leaked and I've dropped the entire thing and it held up. I do have a thick wool carpet though. I've cleaned it twice now and have only put ~700 gals through it.
11-14-2011 08:32 PM
niimo I've read through this entire thread, now I am off to buy some food coloring to test my Berkey. Yes, yes, I have not tested it yet. I've had it for less than two months, and have been so happy with the water, I haven't felt the need to, but I will now. I'll also prime my spare filters, thanks for that suggestion!

I will mention that I had issue with water leaking from around the spigot. I was careful not to tighten too much the first time, ended up with a wet counter. So I went back in and got a little more aggressive with it. No more leaks. I've cleaned it just once and re-assembled again, still no leaks. But thanks to the suggestions here, at least I know to do to get a good seal next time.

I'll report back if any issues come up, but so far I am super stoked with mine!
11-14-2011 08:10 PM
ULTRAMAGNUM Hey thanks Loidf!

You should go open a thread on water concerns and how you have dealt with them. I am sure you would get a good audience and a good question/answer session. Thanks.
11-14-2011 05:20 PM
Loidf
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Originally Posted by ULTRAMAGNUM View Post
Hey loidf, can you post up some other stuff/posts...to validate yourself... It just seems a bit strange looking to have your only two posts about your Berkey experience.....

I am not trying to place doubt about your claim of good service and all, I would imagine that your claims would have a whole lot more authenticity if we knew a little more about you and what you are doing over in South Africa...

I would love to hear about your surroundings, what you do over there, your experiences......anything that you can share to make us (me) a better prepared individual. Thanks.
I would not consider myself a "survivalist" per say, but I do believe in being prepared. With the increase in natural disasters I've just thought it prudent to start taking precautions. My wife and I have started putting together things like a 72 hour Go Bag. We in South Africa really don't have any natural disasters except floods but they only happen like once every 25 years. Our biggest problem where I am is lack of water. We had a prolonged drought here and were on water restrictions. The water coming out of the taps, although I'm sure is safe, tasted like crap. Town engineer told me they were pumping water from 4 different pumping stations to get water too our little town. Then something broke along the way somewhere and we never had water for 3 days. Sounds like nothing, but when it happens the first time and nothing comes out of the tap, your mind starts racing So thats how I bought a Berkey - for in case but we use it permanently now. Its happened a few times that a pipe somewhere breaks and then the water coming out the tap is light brown. The Berkey has cleared that up nicely.
We've had good rains so far this year, so the dams are full again and the restrictions are lifted. So although my worst nightmare of running around for water hasn't happened, my water sure tastes much better. I was just really impressed that they sent something to little old me in the middle of SA.
But from reading other posts on this and other forums, it sounds to me like you've got to treat the filters carefully when you clean them and from what I hear from others is you must pour the water in with a pitcher, not dump it in with like a bucket, as that can damage them. What is nice is whenever you want to check the Berkey you can use red colourant to see if it is really filtering properly. If it is working you get crystal clear water coming out the bottom. Thats how I noticed the problem. I check it every time I clean it. I don't know if you can check other types of filters, but its nice to have that peace of mind.
Regards, Loidf
11-14-2011 01:44 PM
Skyjump136 I have 4 black filters made in April and May of this year...same problem with the adhesive coming loose around the base.

Does anybody know who I contact to resolve this direct with New Millennium Concepts? The guy I bought them from is "working on it" but this seems like something the manufacturer should warranty without going through a middle man.
11-14-2011 11:14 AM
ULTRAMAGNUM Hey loidf, can you post up some other stuff/posts...to validate yourself... It just seems a bit strange looking to have your only two posts about your Berkey experience.....

I am not trying to place doubt about your claim of good service and all, I would imagine that your claims would have a whole lot more authenticity if we knew a little more about you and what you are doing over in South Africa...

I would love to hear about your surroundings, what you do over there, your experiences......anything that you can share to make us (me) a better prepared individual. Thanks.
11-14-2011 10:35 AM
Loidf
Berkey replaced my filters.

Its not often you get a company that stands by its products. I had a problem, as explained in the above post, so I thought I'd write an email to Berkey just asking them how you would seal them properly and explaining what happened. They sent back a reply that they don't recommend customers attempt that, so they'll send me 2 replacements. I wrote back giving my address in South Africa, expecting to be told "sorry, its too far" or whatever. Too my suprise 2 weeks later I get 2 brand new filters in the mail. I am thoroughly impressed with their service and loyalty. Its truly a rare thing today! Well done Berkey!
10-24-2011 08:52 AM
Loidf
Leaky filter caps

I've got the same problem. The black plastic caps from the bottom of my filters came off. Sealed them with Aquarium Silicon (If it wont kill the fishes hopefully it wont kill me and that worked fine for a while. When I cleaned them again yesterday (I have to clean about once every 2 months. I live in the rurals in South Africa and the municipal water is very dirty sometimes.) and after doing the coloring test I can't seem to get them to seal again. I've only had it for about a year and a half. I'm so far very pleased with the Berkey. Its given me great tasting water for the last year and a half. Anybody else had this problem and solved it? What am I doing wrong? Thanks,
10-24-2011 12:17 AM
Levant We've been using our Berkey for all of our drinking and cooking water for a couple of years. We haven't had any problems at all except remembering to properly clean the filters every month or two to keep the water running through. No leaks, no spinning stems. In fact, it is not possible for tightening the filter to break the stem loose unless you're using the filter to turn the nut rather than just turning the nut.

If they had a bad run, I'm sorry to hear that. I just don't want folks thinking that the filters are bad or are junk just because of a bad run.
10-23-2011 09:06 PM
fedextech
Defective Black Berkey filters

Just got two in this last month from distributor in Colorado, both leaked. Replacements same thing. Guess the issue is still not solved, still never did here where these filters are being made... China?? I had one more question if this base is glued on to the filter if you look how its made the purified water passes over this glue when going out the stem? Very poor design, I feel like I got ripped off, $330 for a water filter that does no good, if the filter leaks at the base what good is the rest of the filter? Are the ceramic filters from Berkfield, Doulton or some other source a better choice to put in my Berkey unit I purchased?
08-29-2011 08:24 AM
SparkyWatson Glad to see it wasn't me:

http://www.survivalblog.com/2011/08/...tive_lots.html

Dear JWR:
I just cleaned my Royal Berkey and noticed that 3 of the 4 filter elements (the Black version) were loose. The adhesive that attaches the end-cap to the carbon filter came loose. So I called the vendor and they said Berkey will send free replacement filters for all of the filter systems I purchased. A remediation is in effect with manufacturer lots beginning with June. So if you have a black Berkey filter that was made before June of 2011, then check to see if the cap is loose. You may be drinking unfiltered water! - Ken C. in South Carolina
07-09-2011 03:52 PM
Highwater Filters Thanks so much JB! You rock!
07-09-2011 03:06 PM
JBinc The Berkefeld's, Berkey's and British Imperial SS housings are made in India.
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