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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this part of the well pump/tank called, and how can I fix it?

I just replaced the pressure switch on a home water system. I primed the pump and pressure built up and water came out. Water was dirty at first but it was clearing up (it hadn't been run for a ...
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Where do I install the recirc pump on a combi core water heater?

I have a Bradford and White Combi Core water heater. The spiral part provides hot water for heat, and the tank provides potable water. The heat side needs around 160 degree water. The recirc pump ...
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How can I connect a sink, dishwasher, and laundry pump all to one drain?

My drain pipe in my unfinished basement is close to the ceiling which makes it hard to change things. I know that the drain in my basement is wrong right now and I am trying to fix it. I only have one ...
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Can I use a small pond with a water source heat pump? [closed]

I want to use a water source reverse cycle heat pump AC for a 8000m2 aged care facility. Location has moderate summer (22 deg C max) and cold winter (<0 deg c). On site pond is only 400m3. I ...
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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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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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Circulator (grundfos or willo) vs water pump

Can a circulator that is usually used in hydronic heating systems be used to improve free water flow, coming from a tank? Can it replace a pump. Pressure on the outlet of the pump is not important, ...
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How would I start to repair this Shurflo 2901-0213 water pump?

I've been given a sailboat which is in a significant level of disrepair. Hooray, projects! The problem I'm currently facing is that there's no water pressure, even when I turn on the switch that ...
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Can I caulk a hose connection for a pool vacuum pump?

A week ago, I managed to shut off the inflow valve to my Polaris vacuum pump but I forgot to turn off the pump itself. Pressure built and the the hose (flex hose rather than rigid PVC) permanently ...
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What is this called?

I'm looking for a water container that functions like the one on the bottom, as water flows out of the container, the "cap" goes down, no air gets in. I don't know what it's called or what keywords to ...
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Rebuilding a pool pump… where does this part go?

I've successfully replaced the bearings on my Whisperflo pump, and now I'm ready to put the bells back on the ends. (It's actually an aftermarket replacement motor, not the original Pentair motor, but ...
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Questions about residential water pressure booster

We live on the top of a hill and thus have fairly low city water pressure (35psi) arriving at our house. I have a chance of saving quite a bit of money on my water bill by potentially reducing this ...
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Does the pump for a water tank have to be next to the tank or some distance away?

Does the pump of a water tank have to be next to the water tank or can it be further down the line?
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Why isn't my sump pump kicking on?

My sump pump is not kicking on and has water standing. The water also seems to have oil in it. Don't know what that is from but I don't want it to flood my basement. What should I do?