Culligan WG 1054 Cannot remove distributor filter screen

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Old 01-06-19, 12:37 PM
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Culligan WG 1054 Cannot remove distributor filter screen

I have a Culligan WG 1054, but it has a filter screen up top at the distributor tube that appears to make it near impossible to remove the tube. I have not figured out how to get the screen out and already slightly damaged the plastic with a screwdriver in trying to pry it out after emptying much of the resin and water. Nothing on the Internet or any of the instructional videos address this critical issue.
I have pliers with plastic grips that I have a been using to try and budge the tube to pull the filter forward, but not moving the filter. The distributor tube moves freely only a half inch or so, with some sort to catch on the filter preventing it from coming out.

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Old 01-06-19, 02:53 PM
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I know that it will sound odd, but the thing screws out..
Same way that the valve un screwed off the tank the screen will screw out.

Two thin flat head screw drivers , one on each side will help at the start.

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Ahhh! Thanks! Will try that when I get a chance. I knew it couldn't have been pressfit in that tight.
 
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Old 01-06-19, 04:32 PM
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Careful not to mess up any more of the threads, it could lead to a across thread when the valve goes back on.
If the basket gets messed up let me know.
 
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That basket is firmly set and will not budge. Any further action may damage the basket. What on Earth were they thinking in that design? Culligan must have a star tool of some sort that fits it. I've sprayed some silicon spray down on it. Will revisit in the AM. Any thoughts on a better way to get it out? I might have to make something...
 
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Old 01-07-19, 09:31 AM
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One time coming across this screw in basket I came up with using two long flat head screw drivers down into the openings on say the 9 and 3 spots and then another between the two for turning . The hardest part was getting it started and yes they have a tool.
If all else fails find a replacement for the upper basket, say on ebay if the need arises.
 
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Old 01-07-19, 10:48 AM
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Thanks, I will probably try to make something that can work. I just talked to Culligan, and the service manager said they generally just use a screwdriver, no special tool. I'm just one of the "lucky" ones with a firmly seated basket. He'll send me a basket if I need to cut this one out.
 
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That is good news all the way around.
 
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Old 01-09-19, 06:18 PM
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Got the filter out ("finessed" it out with a hammer and screwdriver) and cleaned up the tank. Cleaned the gravel up, but lost a bit in the cleaning. Have about 15lbs wet. How many inches do I need on the bottom? Tank about 10" diameter.
 
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Old 01-09-19, 08:05 PM
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Enough to cover the distributor at the bottom. As long as there is gravel over the distributor your good.
2x2 piece of duck tape over the distributor will keep things from filling it.
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Thanks Akpsdvan, for all your tips. Rebedding went easily, and now water softener has been working like new.
 
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High Fives around and open a favorite drink... job well done.
Now your ready to rebuild the valve when that time comes.
 
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Old 02-04-19, 10:48 AM
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LOL - I actually cleaned and put new seals in the valve the year before last (after a leak), so I have that skill under my belt!
 
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Old 02-04-19, 04:10 PM
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Depending on long you look to have the valve and its set up one might look at getting some replacement parts, for as one moves forward the parts to keep it running will get harder to find.
Cam motor? might last years or just a few , that part is really hard to tell.
Piston cage and its seals will or at least the seals, the cage depending on how it comes out as to what might need to be replaced.
Brine piston ? it will at some point need replacement.
Also the brine injector and its carrier... under the three screw plate.
screen is helpful but will not kill it if missing.

Just what I have seen over the years.
 
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Great advice and relatively cheap insurance.
 
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