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Is a high electric bill for a pump house caused by a well pump running constantly?

I recently had to turn on the electric for a shared well in my name. I got a bill and it's as high as what my house bill is. The well is the only thing connected to the electric in the well house. We ...
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How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?

I want to be able to start and stop two pool pumps by remote control, independently. Each one works at 220V, 1 kW (i.e. around 5A, expect a current spike when starting.) Do you know an off the shelf ...
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Are there manual pumps that can be use to drain water from a toilet prior to uninstalling it?

I hate emptying a toilet of its residual water by the repetitive process of soaking it up with a rag and then ringing it out in the sink or a bucket. There has to be some sort of manual, hand-held ...
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Pumping water using a small electric pump, does it need to be potable?

I am doing a little DIY project where I need to pump 4-5 gallons of water that is less than 100'. I need the pump to be able to run dry as it starts to pull the water, then it would pump the water. ...
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Spa/hot tub A/C pump hums, but does not run

When I turn on the power to my hot tub at the breaker, I can hear the relays closing and the pump hums for a short while, but it doesn't turn. I recently drained and filled my hot tub. After ...
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What is the proper way to bring power to this pump?

I purchased this pump to transfer water from a holding tank in a self remodeled travel trailer up to the sink. The pump is an "on demand" style where it will pump pressure in the water line up against ...
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Should we install an overhead tank or cistern tank?

We are building our home (a 2-storey house) and a cistern tank was suggested by our architect for aesthetics. We asked around the neighborhood and one person has a cistern and an overhead tank but ...
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How should I get my ejector pump out of the sump?

Forgive my story format: I have this 1/2 HP Sewage Package System and it is busted. At first, it was tripping the circuit it was connected to. I enabled the circuit and when the float switch fired ...
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How can I remotely monitor a GFCI receptacle?

How can a sump pump in a crawl space only accessible by crawling down a hole in a closet have its GFCI protected outlet monitored from the living room? I am imagining the best way to run the pump is ...
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Can disconnecting the cold switch on a shower pump save money?

I've moved into a house that has one twin pump on the hot and cold water pipes (leading from the tanks) to make the upstairs shower more powerful. It works fine in the shower, as it switches itself on ...
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How should I remove the water from my pool cover?

Winter is finally over, and it's time to remove the cover from my above ground pool. However, snow and rain have left quite a bit of water on the cover. I see three options Pull the cover off, ...
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Well pump exceeds normal pressure

The pressure gauge on our pump (which brings in water from our well) seems to be having troubles. The gauge is not supposed to go above 45. Usually, when the gauge reads 40 the pump will turn off. ...
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Which type of pump is appropraite for my well?

My well is 250ft deep with a 6 inch bore. Water yield is moderate and starts from 115ft. My house is a three story building. What kind of pump would be appropriate for this application? I am confused ...
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Is my well pump serviceable after overheating and starting to leak?

A 'handy man' did work on my plumbing and shut off the main water to the house. He did not unplug the well pump, and it got really hot to the touch. When we hooked everything back up again, the pump ...
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What is this yellow fluid in my sump pump?

I was cleaning out a clogged sump pump for my first time (is been cleaned before but not by me). During this I opened the top of the pump and saw what looked like a yellow solid but it turned out to ...
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Rain water collection barrel pump

I have a rain water collection barrel attached to a section of my gutter. I have a simple sediment filter attached to the barrel as the water is used inside a studio for a air chiller. I want to ...
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Should I install a hot water recirculating pump before or after the thermostatic mixing valve?

Per the attached picture, I'm going to install a Grundfos comfort pump next to the solar hot water system. Supposedly it's half price on amazon, and it gets pretty good reviews. My question is ...
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How to select the right submersible pump for my fields?

The water level is 300 feet and horizontal delivery is 800 feet flat. I want to use a rotary sprinkler for irrigation. What horsepower (HP) recommendations do you have for the submersible pump? And ...
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How to maintain a Saniflo waste water macerator pump?

A few years back, I installed a Saniflo pump to service a basement toilet + shower. Putting it in was a lot of fun, but I've always been worried about having it break. So every once in a while I try ...
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Should I try to repair an A/C condensate pump that has suddenly started getting real noisy?

So my Little Giant Condensate pump suddenly started getting real noisy when it kicked on. I pulled the cap off the unit and the water sure is dirty in there. I have done nothing with the unit in the ...
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What fails in a centrifugal pump when it runs dry?

A 3/4 HP 10 GPM shallow well pump for irrigation ran dry for a couple hours due to a technical failure where a feeding valve mounted at the pump inlet blew out of its hole. All the water being pumped ...
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What could be causing my spa filter to clog regularly/often; and how can I fix it?

EDITED FOR TL;DR: I have an above-ground fiberglass spa in the backyard of my home. I'd call it a four-person as more than that would probably overflow the tub, but it's got seating for up to seven; ...
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Spa bath pump sizing

We're slowly renovating our 90~100 year old house and when we get to the bathroom we intend to install a spa bath. Not a large spa/jacuzzi, just a bath. Most of those we've seen so far come with a ...
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Flow rate for a small garden waterfall

I would like to build a really small (~1.5 x 1.5 m2) alpine garden with a water stream in my garden. There is already a plastic pond there, 0.35 m deep and 0.6 m in diameter, from the previous owners, ...
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Can you run a pool pump with a cover on?

Can you run pool pump with vinyl tarp style cover on the pool. This cover drops down into the pool approx. 6-8 inches by design.
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What is the function of a check valve on the inlet of a household macerator pump?

Macerators sometimes require check valves on the inlet for shower waste. I'm thinking the low rate of flow from a shower might not be enough to trigger macerators activated by air switches, so the ...
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Anyone know much about drill pumps?

The specs on the ones at Lowes' and HomeDepot's web site were either unavailable, unimpressive, or confusing (e.g. 0.1 horsepower, 0 head pressure, 115 volts, etc.) I found some available from ...
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Ground Water in Sewage Basin hole

I am installing a sewage ejector pit and pump in basement, hole is dug and I piped the inlet pvc for the toilet and sink. I did not have time to backfill or concrete. The next morning I woke up to ...
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Can I use a water tank and pump to feed a boiler?

As the title suggests I would like to know if I can use a water tank and pump to feed my boiler? I want to get rid of my electric shower and currently I have large water tank with a pump feeding to ...
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How does a boiler pump circulate water?

I read this article (link) but I'm having trouble seeing how a tiny impeller like this (link) can actually move water up my seven-story building. I understand it's connected to an electric motor, ...
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Why don't my Radiators get hot?

When I turn on my heat, the pump attached to the boiler comes on but the pipes don't get hot and the radiators never do either. I've bled them and believe they are hot water radiators (since there ...
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Replacing pool pump/plumbing etc. that is below the level of the pool

We need to rework some plumbing on a pool, and the level of the pool is 3-4' above the plumbing. Obviously we need to drain the pool, but the problem with that is that the valves aren't working, and ...
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What type of water pump is also a valve (e.g. will resist head pressure when off)?

Many pumps, when turned off, will still pass water. If there's any pressure at all upstream of the pump, the impeller will turn and water will leak through in the forward direction. To prevent ...
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Plumbing - two cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders - low flow second floor

The house we bought has two blue cold water pressure tanks, both with bladders, and the system is set for cut-in at 50 and cut-out at 70. We noticed a tiny pinhole leak in a tee connection close to ...
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Water pump and pipe size for maximum water intake?

Each floor is 12 feet in height. I already have the pump (Centrifugal Regenerative Self Priming 1HP Peripheral Type, Self Priming - 180sec At 3m STATIC SUCTION LIFT) and would like to know which is ...
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Why is my sewage ejector pump running so long?

I have a bathroom in the basement. The sewage collects in a pit with an ejector pump and is then pumped up to a pipe which feeds into the main sewage pipe that goes out of the house (see diagram). ...
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Diagnosing loud pool pump motor

The other day I noticed the pump motor for the pop-ups on our pool was louder than usual. There wasn't anything I could attribute this to such as the motor overheating, and the onset wasn't gradual - ...
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Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?

I have a shallow well with a broken pump at the bottom that I need to service. The local classifieds are saturated with pool pumps and I got the idea to use one of those, but I'm not sure about ...
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Should I reroute my condensate line to prevent freezing?

During the recent cold snap in the NorthEast we had the drain line from our condenser pump (High Effeciency Furnace) freeze (Just the last inch or so which plugged it) and that meant lots of water ...
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Water heater drain pan pump capacity needs?

In the event of water heater failure, I'm considering installing a water heater pan with drain pump per this answer. How can I determine the necessary pump rate? According to the Insurance ...
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Disconnecting pool pump housing from piping

The impeller on the housing for my pool pump sprung a leak and so I'm trying to replace it. I have the replacement housing, but I'm having trouble removing the old housing. The housing is thread ...
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Is it common to have a pressure shut off for Jet Water Pumps?

I'm looking at installing a pump for a domestic water supply with a pressure tank. I'd like to be able to determine if a pump will shut off once it has reached pressure. I've seen several pumps ...
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How can I remove the condensate pump from a Miele dryer?

I can't figure out how to remove the condensate pump of a Miele tumbler dryer. The pump is locate at the center bottom at the back of the dryer. I can shift it back and forth a bit, but don't see any ...
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What pump for a pond where sediment keeps restricting flow?

We have a pond with a fountain fed by a closed centrifugal pump. The fountain looks great... for 30 minutes. When its turned on, the pump sucks up sediment suspended in the water, and deposits it ...
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Dishwasher pump is crackling [video]; is it obstructed or does it need to be replaced?

My dishwasher (Frigidaire Model FDB2000RFC1) is making a loud clicking/cracking sound when the drain pump is active. Is it possible that there's just something in the pump that isn't being ejected ...
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Do Silent Condensate Pumps for Air Conditioners exist?

I need to install a Condensate Pump in a new A/C in a bedroom, and there is no choice but to pump the condensate up to a drain on the roof. The A/C technicians have told me about different types of ...
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How can I replace an Armstrong Astro 20B pump?

Can I replace an existing Armstrong Astro 20B Pump with a new one by just replacing what bolts on to the body without changing the base? The pump has not worked for quite a while. I've been told it ...
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Pool skimmer drain suction

I have 15k gallon pool with a 1.5hp pump, 1 skimmer and 1 drain. I have a Float valve assembly over the skimmer. If the skimmer is fully open does that mean there is no suction in the drain? I don't ...
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Well water pressure

A month ago had the well pump replaced because we had no water. The plumber said our pump went bad. It was about 20 years old. They told us then that our well depth was 225. We have slowly been ...
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Tiny House Sewer System Advice - Automatic Sewage Pump or Macerator Pump

I'm in the process of doing some landscaping and want to run some electrical / plumbing for a future house (building next summer). The plan right now is to have a storage tank behind or below the ...