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Old 08-11-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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I have (2) 275 gallon water totes that i have already rigged up to my gutters and set up a tricky air tight system for it. I plan on using air pressure (from air compressor) to get the water flowing good. But I do not want to over do the pressure with the totes. I have already tested everything, the totes kind of blow up like a balloon, but my psi gauge is not showing any psi. I guess my question is, How much psi do you think the water totes can take?

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Unless you clue us in on what a tote is, you not likly going to get very good ansewers.

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Isn't this a do it yourself forum?!?!

Google it..

http://www.arizonabarrels.com/275_gallon_totes.html

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Isn't this a do it yourself forum?!?!

Google it..

http://www.arizonabarrels.com/275_gallon_totes.html
Ayuh,.... Yes, it's a Diy site, but Yer the 1 askin' the question,....

If you don't supply the Info, WHY should anybody waste the time lookin' up YER info..??

Being square, 'n plastic,....

I'd give 'em maybe 5 psi...

Yer "Plan" would work better pumpin' the water, rather than pressurizing that tank...
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I'd give 'em maybe 5 psi...

Yer "Plan" would work better pumpin' the water, rather than pressurizing that tank...
I would guess less than 5 psi. Pump the water out ..... better idea.
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Yer "Plan" would work better pumpin' the water, rather than pressurizing that tank...
Absolutely!I would get an irrigation pump with the flow rate and pressure you need for the outlet side of your tanks and not try to count on pressurizing the tank. The pressure will be hard to maintain the length of your tubing runs if you plan to feed water to a drip irrigation system or something. And pressurizing the tanks could just stress them and shorten their lifespans. You can hook the pump to a central irrigation controller if you want. They are not especially expensive and will certainly be more economic to run than a compressor.

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bout to get a pump off of amazon. How many gph do yall think I should look for?
Kind of depends on how you plan to use the water. Typical residential water supplies have flow rates in the 8-12 gallons per minute range with psi anywhere from 60-90 as I remember but 90 is too high so systems have regulators. Hope somebody confirms this as I am working from a photographic memory but cannot remember where I left it!

Conventional sprinkler components will draw in gallons per minute and will need a fair amount of water pressure. Drip emitters range from about .5-12 gallons per hour. I stuck with emitters in the .5-4 gallons per hour range for systems I designed. Drip requires very little pressure. Total the number of sprinklers or emitters you would like to run on each watering circuit with the new pump to make a rough determination of which pump to buy. You do loose some flow rate and pressure just from running through lengths of pipe and fittings.

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I don't plan on putting a sprinkler system in..... Yet. I just plan on hooking my water hose up to it.
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Those totes aren't made to take pressure. putting 5 PSIG of pressure in one is equivalent to 11,040 pounds of total force on the larger sides. it would rupture after a short while.

Pump out of them.
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I don't plan on putting a sprinkler system in..... Yet. I just plan on hooking my water hose up to it.
Then it is a matter of how much pressure and water you want to move through the hose in gallons per minute. Your water company should be able to tell you what your flow rate and psi is supposed to me via their supply. You can check it yourself with an inexpensive pressure gauge and a bucket, stop watch and basic math will give you your flow rate. Then decide how closely you want to come with the new pump.

You will be using the hose for watering and filling smaller containers or something or you need pressure for cleaning or something? Don't forget to incorporate at least a simple mesh filter somewhere in the system.

Might think about a pump with an auto shut off too if not too much more expensive.
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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ds=Danner+pump

Just ordered that, I'm sure it'll do the trick.

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