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mcburke38 02-14-2008 11:50 AM

sump float rod help
I want to replace the float rod in my sump pump with a longer rod in order to allow the pump to empty more water out of the sump hole and thus turn on less frequently. The float rod in there now has the piece of rubber that shuts off the pump at the top of the rod.
I bought a 48" metal rod to replace the sump rod, but it is not threaded on the end where the float goes and I can't seem to find custom lengths of metal rod with threads on one end anywhere. Anyone know of a way to thread the end of a metal rod (I don't have access to a drill press) or a place online where I could find metal rods with a length of thread on only one end?

redline 02-14-2008 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by mcburke38
...I bought a 48" metal rod to replace the sump rod,

How deep is your pit? (48" rod?????)

You could purchase a thread die set. This will allow you to 'cut" threads on the rod.

Or you may be able to take the rod to a auto repair shop, plumber, machine shop... and they could cut threads for you.

mcburke38 02-14-2008 02:27 PM

The pit's only about 10"-12" deep. But, since the rod is too short (the float doesn't reach down to the bottom of the pump), it only drains about 3"-4" and then the switch turns off. I need a longer rod (48" is definitely overkill but it was the best choice at home depot) to have more room to slide the piece of rubber that turns the pump off higher onto the rod so that it will still turn on when the water reaches the top, but turn off when it's drained it to a lower level.

redline 02-14-2008 02:46 PM

Try and direct as much water from the downspouts as far away from the home as possible. This will keep water from going into the sump pit.

How often does the sump come on?

mcburke38 02-15-2008 07:00 AM

After a heavy rain it goes on about every 10 minutes for about 24-48 hours.

redline 02-15-2008 07:04 AM

Is the home located in low area?

or is this water just from the run off from the downspouts?

mcburke38 02-15-2008 09:44 AM

I'd say it's a combination of both. The sump pit pretty much always has water in it. This past summer was extremely dry here and even then the pit did not completely dry until around August. Also, I have no gutters on the house so that's a major priority once icing/snow possibility is over after this winter.
But as long as I can get the pump to drain more than just a few inches at a time, it should at least cut down on the number of times the pump keeps turning on.

biggles 02-16-2008 03:15 PM

pick up a metal coupler that will take the rod (slip it in lock it down) and have a treaded female on the other end...short piece of threaded into it and attatch the float

deck hand 02-16-2008 04:58 PM

Measure the right length and have them welded.side by side.

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