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Red Squirrel 08-06-2010 12:47 AM

No more emptying the dehumidifier bucket!
 
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So I decided to get creative, and added a tap on my dehumidifier bucket. I can now attach a hose to it, and let it drain in the sump pit. The silicone caulk is still drying but I can't wait to give this a test tomorrow.

If you wonder why I put it sideways, it's to compensate for the hose bend radius.

Proby 08-06-2010 12:57 AM

If you dump it into your sump pit, won't a lot of it evaporate right back into the air?

This is assuming that there is not enough water to turn the pump on.

gmhammes 08-06-2010 10:08 AM

is that the orginal drain on the bottom? Did you plug it with anything?

Scuba_Dave 08-06-2010 10:40 AM

I have one that drains into a basement sink = laundry area
Its an older model, so we don't use it as much
Eventually I want the one in the main basement to drain to the same sink

bbo 08-06-2010 12:08 PM

next one I buy will have a pump in it to pump into a sink or floor drain when full.

Red Squirrel 08-06-2010 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by gmhammes (Post 481349)
is that the orginal drain on the bottom? Did you plug it with anything?

I thought that too, but it's just plastic. In the instructions it says I can unscrew something to hook up a hose, but there is no such thing on mine. Probably for a different model. Technically I could drill a hole in that part that sticks out and put the unit right over the sump pit drain, but I rather have the flexibility of being able to move it around, or even go without it (closing the tap).

I just tested it now and it works great, no leak!

Eventually I'll make a hookup on the furnace condensate line and hook it up there.

Red Squirrel 08-09-2010 03:37 PM

ok so that caulk is not that great, after a few days it started leaking. Going to have to try the red caulk and see how that goes.

bbo 08-11-2010 08:10 AM

I would make sure it is silicone caulk. Better yet, get a small tube of aquarium silicone.

Red Squirrel 08-11-2010 05:20 PM

Used corning 736 100% silicone rubber caulk, so far it's holding up. I used that same stuff to seal the cleanouts of my main stack after I had to open it, it seems to work pretty good.

The other stuff was more made for mild caulking for baseboards and stuff, so even though it was "bathroom grade" I don't think it was truly waterproof. It had turned blue over time in some spots.

johnnyboy 08-11-2010 07:29 PM

fresh "tap" water whenever you need a drink too...

Red Squirrel 08-11-2010 08:12 PM

Haha yeah, actually technically that water should be rather fresh. If it was a dry period I could use it to water the lawn lol.

In fact, for those that live where water is harder to come by, this is probably a great way to get water, with a much bigger unit of course.

Scuba_Dave 08-11-2010 08:20 PM

I empty mine into plants & some small trees by the road


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