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Is the operation of a hard-start domestic water pump improved by the addition of an external soft-start controller?

I have a ½ HP 115V/230V 1PH 60Hz water pump (inside my house) that starts and stops hard. It is connected to a simple on/off pressure switch. The noise at startup is jarring. The quarter-turn ball ...
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Submersible well pump runs but won't pump

Pulled my submersible well pump to check for shorts in the wires. Everything looked good. Turned on power and the pump started running. Lowered pump back in the well and it won't pump water. I don't ...
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Water supply has air bubbles in it when the well pump runs?

Yesterday while filling a large container from a garden hose I noticed that periodically some air bubbles would emerge from the hose. The hose is plumbed into a tee close to the main water supply in ...
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What is an internally regulated power generator?

I am looking to add a backup generator to a 10 HP Franklin Electric water well. According to the manual, I can have a significantly reduced size generator if the generator is "internally ...
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Is it ok to lower grade around a well head instead of raising it?

I recently learned that well heads should be about a foot or more about ground; ours is only about 3-4" above ground. The well drillers said we really should have it raised and have a better cap ...
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What is indicated by a well pump temporarily recovering when shutting off the power for several hours?

We have a water pressure issue in all fixtures of the house. We first replaced the whole-house water filter which helped right away, but the next morning there was almost no water (10 psi instead of ...
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Three phase well pump wire colors

This question is not stemming from any immediate practical application. But I am curious about the color of wire insulation used for three phase 208V or 240V well pumps. Looking online I see a lot of ...
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Why do well pumps need 240V when the wattage is not that high?

I want to be able to power my well pump from a battery when the power goes out, but I am learning that well pumps are heavy duty, running at 240V high voltage, even though mine is only 3/4 hp, which ...
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Well system cant keep up

Hello I have a well system and cannot run my 2 hose bibs at the same time. Also my sprinkler system only runs for about 2 mins before my pump runs to 0 pressure in the system. I installed a new ...
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Water filter setup - 1 1/4 inch pipe to 3/4

My house runs on well water and the main pipe that leaves the pressure tank is 1-1/4" copper. I am looking at installing a spin down filter and regular water filter for the whole house. My ...
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Proper wiring for irrigation pump

I'm attempting to reconnect an outdoor irrigation pump and I'm unsure which wires should connect to which terminals (labeled L1 and L2) in the pressure switch. The pump is a Myers HJ100S and the power ...
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Placing a good surge protector on our Fleck 4650 Control Valve (used as well water softener)

The stepper motor / timers on our Fleck 4650 Control Valve for our well water softener dies when lightening strikes happen. I can't find the amperage rating for this device when it's in operation so ...
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My husband left the water running from the hose and the well is dry!

My husband was refilling the hot tub and left the hose on. I have arrived at our cabin to find the well is obviously dry. After reading some of the comments on the site I have unplugged the non ...
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Will a pressure tank allow my well pump to build pressure before shutting off?

I recently hooked up a shallow well jet pump to a 5,000gal tank. It seems primed when I open the outlet valve to pour water in, water flows out. I flip the breaker and it makes an odd rough clicking ...
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Wiring 3 wire well pump to 4 wire supply

220v pump. Old pump has 4 wires, RWBG At the well head the supply has RWBground Old pump use Green on ground. New pump is black, black and green Ok, 2 black supply lines go to Black and Red (Yes ...
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Quieting a loud shallow well jet pump

I have a ½ HP Pentair shallow well jet pump (c48h2ec11c3) installed in my utility room. It is, and has always been, loud. I can hear it run from anywhere in the house. Almost since the day I ...
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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

Yesterday I turned the hose on to fill a swimming pool. We have been running it for about an hour every other day. I got distracted and totally forgot about the water and it was left on for about 5 ...
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Air in cold water line from well. How do we replace the check valve?

Reading this question, I suspect we have a bad check valve. How can we tell and how do I replace it? I have a submersible pump in a 100ft deep well and a pressure tank in my basement with a single PVC ...
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Well Pump House Feed Setup: Proper Plumbing Pipe Size & When to Transition Sizes

I live in Southwest Florida, and we have well water. I am in the process of replacing / moving a lot of our well water stuff and this has brought up a lot of questions as to why things are the way ...
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Well pump issues for irrigation system

I bought a house a few years ago and am finally getting around to working on the irrigation system. I have what I believe are two separate wells for outside water - one for the irrigation system and ...
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Well water pressure drops after very little use time

Purchased my home 8 months ago and one of the first things I did was replace the pressure tank, switch, and water softener, and added a new filtration system. Everything was running fine, but overall ...
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water pump stops drawing water in few hours everyday

I have a water pump which draws water from a creek to irrigate the lawn. It had run for four months without problems. Starting last week, I notice that the pump would draw water for few hours only. ...
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Can a well pump be moved from inside to outside?

Due to the noise and unsightliness of the pump, wife is wondering if we can move it outside...
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Do nice water pump pressure switches exist?

If you have a water pump / well pump in the United States, you have a Square D pumptrol switch that looks like this: https://www.amazon.com/Square-9013-FSG2-30-50/dp/B00CONESDG/ I own several of ...
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How can I fairly distribute water pressure and flow throughout my home?

All new home plumbing. Well fed, so we have our own booster pump and we control the water inlet pressure. My goal is to split the house into four "zones" that I can turn off, independently with a ...
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What is the difference between a cheap and a more expensive submersible well pump?

I'm NOT asking for a recommendation for particular pump. I want to know HOW to choose between pumps. My understanding is as follows: A: The pump has to be sized for both the pressure you want at ...
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Well pump only works with on/off switch not control box

My well pump is setup with an on/off switch that works fine as well as a control box that should be turning it on when activated. Now it just makes a clicking sound and nothing happens. I am ...
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Well pump with 15A fuses on a 20A circuit?

I noticed today that my well pump, which is 240V (USA) and is on a 20A dedicated breaker has dual 15A fuses: In 8 years in this house it has never blown a fuse nor the breaker. So I assume 15A is ...
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Pressure Cycling and Suspected Ruptured Line

We're having a bit of trouble with our well and water pressure, and I'm hoping you all might be willing to help us troubleshoot. This is a residential home with a well and a tank with a 40/60 ...
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Can a Shallow Well Jet Pump be Mounted Vertically?

I have a 3/4 HP jet pump pulling water out of a shallow well. It is designed with a mount that has it sitting horizontally. Question - Is there any problem with mounting it vertically? e.g. pipe ...
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

My well is horizontally fed through a wall in my foundation. It recently rained a lot and I believe the pipe that feeds my well has been cracked. I had to cut the power to my well pump in order to ...
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Well pump short cycle diagnosis

I've found a number of resources about short cycling, but none of them mention how to interpret the pressure meter. In this case, it's a small tank that feeds a bathroom. It used to work fine, now ...
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Can I just add air to an air-over-water pressure tank?

We have an older well system in a house that we purchased this summer. The information that I have found on the web assumes that there are some valves in the system that I don't have, for instance ...
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Well Inspection Failed

Looking at buying a house that is on Sepctic and a private Well. Got the well inspection back, and failed for Total Coliform (Ecoli and Nitrate Level are fine). The septic is on the other side of ...
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Intermittent air in water lines from well - submersible pump

Two weeks ago, I noticed air in our water line. It came mostly in small spurts but greatly increased when the toilets were filling. The plumber suspected the check valve at the submersible pump. ...
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Lowest height accepted for 30A Outdoor Fused Safety Switch for water well?

I'm getting a new well drilled and was trying to make everything as least noticeable as possible. According to the well driller I need a disconnect right by the well head, yet I see many home wells ...
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Submersible pump won't start

My submersible pump stopped working suddenly. It's a 1.5hp pump 3 wire with a Franklin Electric control box and Irritrol pump start relay. I've measured across all 3 pump leads while out of circuit ...
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Rock Pit Drain, pumping up to neighbor

My neighbour built a new home, and a laneway home, 4 years ago. I believe he has a rock pit under the back house, and drain tile leading forward to the road (city) for the front. I have been ...
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Well pump issues

Help.. we just installed a new pressure tank, and pressure switch.. we got everything working except now the pressure gauge always reads 50psi.. dies not move when running water in the house. Also ...
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Low pressure when using outside hose

We are in the northeast on a well. We have had no issues with inside water pressure or running out of water. Recently, On two occasions, we filled a 240 gal inflatable pool from the outside hose. ...
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Overflooding because the tons of rain? or is the WELL- PUMP broken?

About two weeks ago, I noticed there is water slowly coming up from around the well-pump pit and puddling around the well-pump. Here are some facts: We've been having a lot of rain in the past month,...
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Air in Water Lines - Jet Pump System

Hoping someone may be able to give me some help in figuring out a problem. I just opened up a house last night that had been shut down for over a year with the plumbing system drained and winterized. ...
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Will replacing my jet pump with one that has a higher shut-off pressure increase the discharge pressure?

I'm currently using a pump with a rated shut-off pressure of 69 PSI to supply a house with water. It is sucking through a 1.25" PVC pipe that extends 1100' into a lake. The lift from the water surface ...
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Water Well Pressure

I have a 60' 2" well with a jet pump. It had a 1/2 HP motor. Recently the pump lost it's prime and I was unable to re -prime. Pulled the 1" pipe out and replaced the foot valve and the two leather ...
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How to protect footvalve from sticking open by sediment?

Of late there is seepage of surface water into my open well. This is further aggravated by agglomeration of decaying leaves from a neem tree over the well itself. Its an old well - about 30ft across - ...
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Adjusting well pump pressure

We have a 40/60 pump currently, but we feel like the pressure is extremely low inside the house. I have not had a chance to check the air pressure in the tank yet, but that will be done this weekend. ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Working on my cabin. Have a drilled well about 100 feet away (maybe a bit more, uphill). 1 inch black PVC well pipe comes into dirt crawl space, pier construction, under cabin. I brought it ...
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Don't know if pump is hers or not [closed]

It's -15 outside and windy. My pump light was on and no water in my water tank. I am not sure how long the light was on, so I think the line from my trailer into the ground froze. What what happened ...
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Depressurized pressure tank - how to pressurize again

We have a freshwater bore and I recently replaced the very old pump with a 1hp Pentax pump and Trevoli 18 litre pressure tank system. For reasons I won't go into, the pressure tank has lost its ...
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Why did we lose water pressure after cleaning well pump?

After we had our pump cleaned out, all the water pressure in the house (shower, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, etc) has gotten worse than it was before the cleaning. I called someone to service our ...