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Old 12-01-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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filter fabric for sump pump?

OK- moving forward- I got the sump pit dug out as deep as I can get it (about 18")- The new plastic basin is 24"- I will most likely cut the bottom off the basin and lay it in a bed of gravel and then a patio block. Do i still need to put filter fabric to prevent silt? (there was not one there b4)- The soil is very rocky/slate (I live in central NJ). Also the new bin is not perforated so is there a formula for how many holes? The old metal pit seems to have a number of 1/4" holes in it (problem is-half of that old one disintegrated so I can't really tell)- thanks!


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Old 12-01-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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Ayuh,... If yer gonna cut the bottom of the bucket out, there's No need to be drillin' holes in what's left...

If silt wasn't a problem before,...
I donno why it would be now...
I'd skip the filter fabric, 'n the gravel, 'n just put yer patio block in the bottom, with the pump sittin' on it...


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I never would have cut out the bottom, now there will be no strength to stop the side load.
I drill 3/8 holes all over the outside and the bottom wrap screen cloth around the outside to stop the silt from coming in and just set the pump in the pit.
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