Help! Add water line for garden hose before water softener
Thanks for any suggestion. I want to add a water line before water softener to connect to garden hose. The reason being I am very tired of running down to basement to switch on and off the three ball valves for bypassing water softener every time I need water my lawn and garden. When the water softener was installed, I asked for adding pipe before softener but the installer refused. I was new home owner and too timid gal to challenge them. Anyway, the whole set up is a maze of tight turns with elbow next to elbow or tee or valve. I am wondering what is the best solution that involve minimum re-design. Please see the pics. I am not confident of doing de-soldering an elbow to change to a tee. Neither am I sure it's good idea to cut the pipe at the red lines then solder my own tee-elbow-elbow in such tight turns. I never soldered water pipes but I do plan to practice before doing the real thing.
What would you do?