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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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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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Off-Grid Well Setup

I have a well drilled and set up soon on my property where I plan to use completely off-grid (not tied to city power) solar array. Obviously I plan to optimize the power usage for everything that is ...
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How do I remove a submersible pump from a 11000 LTR (LARGE) concrete underground rainwater tank to replace it?

I have a single storey house with all downpipes connected to a large 11,000 liter underground concrete rainwater tank approx 1.8m deep. The tank contains a submersible pump servicing 5 outlets - 3 ...
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Can my generator power my deep well water pump?

I have a 120/240 volt generator with an output of 3250 watts peaking at 3750. I want to be able to power my well water pump but I'm getting conflicting answers on whether this generator packs enough ...
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How does one know if a well pump is "Short Cycling" or pressure tank is water logged?

Is there any calculation that can be performed to estimate the amount of water a well water pressure tank should output between pump cycles? E.g.- I have a 40 gallon pressure tank (non bladder) with ...
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Why are some submersible well pumps wired with solid and others stranded?

I was helping a friend change his deep water well pump which is rated at 220 volts AC,3/4 H.P. Most of these I have seen are wired with three yellow wires that run from the pump to the pump switch on ...
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Why does my water pressure drop after using my water hose for a few minutes?

When I'm using my water hose, especially with the electric pressure washer, after about 15 minutes of use, the water pressure drops. I can disconnect the water hose from the pressure washer and ...
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My artesian well just ran dry. Do I just wait for it to fill up?

I have been living in my current house for about 8 months now, and this is the first time I have been without water(besides power outages). I noticed that the water was a bit brown so I let the hose ...
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Sediment in well water

I live in central Florida (by Orlando) and I have well water. The sediment filter is before the softener and after the pressure tank. I've lived in this house for a year and replaced the filter about ...
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Can you help explain the components of my water system? [closed]

I've moved into an old stone house in the UK. The water system consists of: Some type of well under the conservatory. It looks very deep and has a good flow rate according to the survey. A ...
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Low water pressure

Our house was built in 1986. The water pressure has decreased gradually. About 4 years ago we replaced the submerged pump (we have a well and septic). It didn't help the water pressure. I adjusted ...
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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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How can I stop my lights from dimming when major appliances start up?

So it appears that I narrowed down the cause of my Random Flickering- the faulty 20-amp circuit on the detached garage service panel (leaking 60 volts at some point between the breaker and the last ...
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Choosing the right replacement pump for well

I have a 40 foot deep 6 inch drilled well. Currently it has an old 3/4 horsepower jet pump, but it is shedding bits of rusty metal into the return pipe which are getting clogged in the foot valve. ...
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How can I find a leak in underground plumbing?

We moved into a home a couple years ago that was 1600 sq ft from a 3700 sq ft home. We were shocked that the power bill here was about 30% more than the big house but I suspected a water leak ...
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How do I correctly replace a section of wire to a submersed well pump?

In the crawl space is the pressure switch for our well pump. A previous owner did the original wiring of it and made a connection or two with wire nuts and electrical tape but without a junction box. ...
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After some work in panel, GFI breakers for *other* circuits trip when well pump runs

The equipment Square D Homeline panel and breakers of recent vintage, with plug-on neutral. Most breakers, and all of the problematic ones, are AFCI+GFCI combo. The symptoms There are four breakers in ...
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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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Is there risk in getting a larger pressure tank for my well pump?

My pump tank has a leak in it, and so needs to be replaced. The current tank is a 36 gallon tank, similar to this one. Is there any risk in upgrading to a 52 gallon tank, such as this one? I would ...
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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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What would cause air to be pushed into pipes from a well tank?

The faucets have been hissing of air for the passed few months, and it has been getting progressively worse. It is usually worse in the morning when we get up and in the evening when we get home. We ...
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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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Water pressure drops in well water home, stops completely for 5-10 minutes, then comes back full pressure

I have read through other similar posts and it doesn't quite match my problem, so bear with me lol. We had a massive leak under the house and our landlord called a plumber out to fix it. He turned ...
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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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What would cause a well pump to suddenly be louder when operating?

We currently have an unknown (in terms of GPM) 3/4HP Franklin well pump, at an unknown depth (though our neighbor's well is at roughly 100'). Since we moved in, when the well pump is running, there ...
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Why is my Borewell pump drawing 6 kW when it's rated 3 kW?

For the past six months there has been increase in my electricity bill. The reason is that the maximum demand is higher (6 kW) than the sanctioned maximum demand (3 kW.) We have a 3HP 3 phase Borewell ...
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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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Install differences / considerations between 75' water well and 300' deep water well

I'm wondering what the practical differences are when installing a water system in a 300' deep well vs a 75' deep well. The info I've found for "deep water wells" mostly refers to wells ...
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Would five 19l pressure tanks in series work as well as one 95l pressure tank in a household well pump system?

This pressure tank is 19 litres and available for just a few dollars The weight is 4kg This one is a different brand and 100 litres The weight of the 100 litre tank is only 15.4kg. I believe both ...
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Water pressure low after hose was left on overnight

The water pressure inside my house went way down and stayed down after the hose was left on overnight. It's been a while now and the water pressure is still low (useable but low). The air pressure ...
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Is this a sign of a dry well?

I came to my old house after a week out, and found two strange things: An electrical bill for $160 (normally $20 in the summer). No water in the house. The house has a well with pump. After turning ...
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How to run chlorine feeder at the same time well pump is running

I have a chlorine feeder (120v Stenner 45) that is supposed to run at the same time my well pump (240v) is running. Currently they are set up on separate pressure switches, with the chlorine feeder ...
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Why does my water pressure fluctuate?

When I run the shower, mostly hot water, the pressure will run normal for a minute, then raise for a minute, then repeat. My home is supplied by a well. What is causing this?
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Does the rubber washer on an outdoor conduit whip go inside the box or outside?

I'm replacing the power whip to a well pump. It's unclear which side the rubber washer goes on to create a water tight seal with the disconnect box. Is it: Whip -> Washer -> Hole in Box -> ...
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How can I replace a pressure gauge on a well pump?

The gauge on my well pump is shot (reads 0, even when there is good pressure). I've purchased a replacement, so what are the steps I should follow to replace it?
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No pressure, low volume from submersible well pump

Got a new submersible pump. Brought the old one to a plumber's supply house and got one with the same specs: single phase, 240v 3-wire. I attached the pump to the pipe, connected the wiring, and ...
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Will stainless bolts rust more or less than zinc plated when installed in cast iron?

Scenario: I have a 3-seasons ocean side cottage which sources its water from a shallow well via a convertible jet pump with a cast-iron casing/housing. I winterize the water system each fall and the ...
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Sealing the inside of a water well to use it as a reservoir?

We've had unusually dry weather and our well has run so low that we had to call in a water hauling company to refill it a few days ago. The water man told me that even though he dumped in ~ 1000 ...
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How can I get this pump casing off the motor?

I have a Monarch MJC-50 shallow well jet pump (1/2 hp) and I want to tear the pump portion down to clean, inspect, and rebuild as it isn't delivering the pressure it used to (and I have ruled out all ...
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How do I keep my well pump connections from leaking?

Well, I asked the question at the end of last season on which hoses to get. The new Summer season is upon us and I've located some comparable hoses (could not find the exact ones mentioned, but found ...
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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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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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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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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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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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pressure tank overcharging

I replaced my 1/2 hp well pump a month ago, after over a decade of use. All seemed well until short cycling began. I hope I am using that term correctly. Essentially what is happening is the pressure ...
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Float switch as emergency cutoff for well pump

Our house is has a drilled well, with with 1/2 HP 230V well pump wired from a fixed pressure switch. We've had a couple of pinhole leaks in the copper piping that would have turned into major ...
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Reduce speed of existing well pump

My existing well pump (at 550 ft deep) is a nearly brand new (installed last July) 3 wire pump and I do not want to replace it. However, I now have a 1500 gallon underground cistern in which to store ...
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What size Generator and what voltage and amps to power a large 3 phase well pump?

I recent obtained my dads old place and since it sat for so long the generator was stolen and so was our water tank, and now I am in the process of replacing the large generator and I wanted to see ...
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