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well pressure tank / external spigot

I have an outdoor spigot (like the old red "pump handle" kind) in my back yard. It's down the hill from the well and pump, and in between the house / indoor pressure tank and the well head. ...
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Well - Water - Plumbing, Setup advice

We have a well system in our home, which is multi-story (basement and 2 floors), and I am looking to optimize the setup of the system to make it more efficient. As you can tell from the photo whoever ...
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Pressure Tank Size for a Variable Speed Submersible Pump

Information seems vague or non-existent from pump manufacturers. I need to know what size pressure tank is required for my setup, and all I'm getting is "doesn't need much" or "x ...
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How do I plumb an ADU from a well?

I'm planning to put an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) studio apartment over my garage to use as an office / spare bedroom. The garage is about 50ft from the house, and my house is on a well system with ...
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Found Well in Backyard — How to install pump?

In my backyard there is this well, I think, that has water in it. As you can see, there is a well casing and then a pipe in between. I have no idea how to install a pump and such, and am not sure ...
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Craftsman HYDROGLASS 390.252282 Replacment pressure guage

My mother's house has this model or similar with the pressure gauge mounted right into the pump itself. Can this gauge be swapped out without draining the water tank? There is no shutoff valve between ...
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Why is my water well tank staying at a constant 40psi even when faucets are turned on?

I have a older style bladder tank that is about 6ft tall. Pressure gauge always reads 40psi, it never gets above or below 40psi. The pressure switch never kicks on or off because the pressure never ...
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Can I put my pressure tank over 200’ from the well head?

I want to winterize my system which means me moving the pressure tank 200’ to a heated structure. Will this cause any problems I should be aware or plan for?
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Winterizing exterior water lines from well

I would like to extend the use of my water system into the winter months. Currently I shut off the water in late October and don’t reopen till early May. My well is 100 yds from my cabin. Water is ...
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Radon Bubbler losing pressure

My radon Bubbler pressure is set 40/60, and is a 35 gallon tank, and my well pump pressure is set to 40/60 and is 25 gallons. Regardless of the amount of water we use day-to-day, periodically the ...
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location of pressure switch

Is it really important where pressure switch is located. My entire system is in a very small crawl space with no electric nearby and switch is at well head about 65 feet away. I was told this will ...
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Three different well pumps not working but have power

We bought a 1hp shallow well jet pump (Everbilt) a couple months ago to move water from a cistern to use in various places on the farm. It stopped working all of a sudden a week ago. Test meter says ~...
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Low output well and high electric bill

We have been trying to figure out why electric bill so high. We have two well pumps, one is 400' deep. Neither one has good output, between 3/4 and 1.3 gallons per minute respectively. Does having a ...
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How can I safely connect a 240v shallow well pump to a switch?

I have a shallow well supplying utility water on a rural property. It's currently plugged into a standard 120v outlet. I'll be running a dedicated 240v circuit using 12/2 cable so I can use the pump's ...
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Sizing a Well Pressure Tank - Size Change

Recently went downstairs to find a floor full of water near my HW Heater, softener and well pressure tank. Checked all 3 units and found multiple pinholes in the side of the pressure tank. Time for ...
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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 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 ...