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Old 09-30-2008, 04:28 PM   #16
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' a couple of times a year' & ' even less in the carpeted lower level family room ' just tells me you're extremely patient,,, that sump's too small - apron stores sell pvc sumps approx 35-40 gal capacity & have covers if you wish,,, drill 50 holes w/.750 speed bore bit so wtr can get INSIDE the sump - btm, too ! !! !

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That is a lot of 90's (SEVEN)? I would keep the pump side discharge pipe as high as possible to give the entire pipe some good pitch to help the pump to push water throw the 90's. i would think that it would be easier on the pump. BOB.
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We had quite a bit of rain up here in Illinois from hurricane Ike I believe it was. Within 3 hours of the wife being down in the basement doing laundry we had an 1 3/4" in the basement. Luckily it's not finished and most things are in plastic tubs.

I'm not sure if the small sump we had (1/3hp or 1/4 hp) overheated, couldn't keep up, or if the float became wedge under one of the drain pipes. In a bit of a panic I neglected to feel the discharge pipe first to determine if I could feel the discharge. Once I determined it was working and had given it an hour to see it's progress, I found it was time to get a bigger one.

They were flying off the shelves at the local Menards and I was either limited to a smaller one similar to what I already had or the "Big Daddy" Stainless Steel 3/4" hp! Well you can about image that it made logical sense to get the bigger one with a lifetime warranty. Within an hour it was off the floor but it continued to pump for the next couple of days (40 seconds on & 40 seconds off). 7' of lift and about 30 ft' of discharge hose outside. All of which is 1 1/4" in diameter. But it was also cable of 1 1/2". Between the two seems to be pretty standard.

I have a couple of places around the house where my grade could use improvement.
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thanks, bob - forgot that part,,, IF possible, always discharge as near the pump as possible,,, use the pump to get vertical lift then slope so gravity's your pump's friend,,, you can always discharge into a sloped 4" exterior pvc pipe if nec.

discharge hose outside's a hindrance to proper pump operation,,, you want to remove any back pressure from the head so the pump's work is easier on it,,, for emergency pumping, we used 3" pvc hooked up to our flex hose.


understand its much easier on forum posting than in real time situations, tho.
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That is a lot of 90's (SEVEN)? I would keep the pump side discharge pipe as high as possible to give the entire pipe some good pitch to help the pump to push water throw the 90's. i would think that it would be easier on the pump. BOB.
That's a "BIG 10-4"! I've got about a 9.0 ft lift from the pump to the ceiling of the garage. I've also got a rubber coupler about 2 feet up from the base in case this pump dies some day and has to be replaced. then I just un-hook the coupler, un-plug it and pull the unit out of the pit for servicing.
The run has a continuous grade of about 1/2 to a full bubble every six feet according to my level. i think that will help empty the pipe after it shuts off.
Now for the exit strategy: I thought to help dress up the discharge pipe outside, I could use a vinyl siding outlet "thing" (forgot what it's callled) to have the pipe exit the house. That should satisfy the wife on the cosmetics.
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That's a "BIG 10-4"! I've got about a 9.0 ft lift from the pump to the ceiling of the garage. I've also got a rubber coupler about 2 feet up from the base in case this pump dies some day and has to be replaced. then I just un-hook the coupler, un-plug it and pull the unit out of the pit for servicing.
The run has a continuous grade of about 1/2 to a full bubble every six feet according to my level. i think that will help empty the pipe after it shuts off.
Now for the exit strategy: I thought to help dress up the discharge pipe outside, I could use a vinyl siding outlet "thing" (forgot what it's callled) to have the pipe exit the house. That should satisfy the wife on the cosmetics.
Is your coupler just a coupler or a check valve?
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Is your coupler just a coupler or a check valve?
Check valve is screwed on the pump at the outlet, it's just a coupler to make the pump easy to remove from the pit.

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