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Old 02-16-2011, 04:45 PM   #1
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I want to use collected rain water as a backup to water my gardens. The farthest distance from the rain water collection tank to one of the gardens is about 50 feet. Iím imagining one end of the hose in the tank and the other hooked to a typical hand held sprayer.
Should I use a sump pump for this? If so, what should I look for in the pump?
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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No.

The thin garden hose and the sprayer head will put too much of a load on the sump pump.

The sump pump is designed for rapid movement of a volume of water, not slow flow at high pressure through sprayer nozzles.

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I want to use collected rain water as a backup to water my gardens. The farthest distance from the rain water collection tank to one of the gardens is about 50 feet. Iím imagining one end of the hose in the tank and the other hooked to a typical hand held sprayer.
Should I use a sump pump for this? If so, what should I look for in the pump?
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No, get a water transfer pump.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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handy man88, this looks like a really good idea. I've never heard of this kind of pump.

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handy man88, this looks like a really good idea. I've never heard of this kind of pump.

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It's a good piece of equipment to have around....in case the sump fails or if you need to drain your hot water heater or to pump water from a rain barrel to water the garden or to drain a flooded basement (hopefully never).

One thing to note is that on the suction side, as many have noted in the reviews, you may need to have a rigid pipe/tubing or it may collapse because the pump is so powerful.
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Did a little more checking on this pump and it does look good for my situation. A couple things to watch for -

- Noisy
- If the flow is disrupted for any reason the water can heat up so much it can melt the plastic parts in the pump
- The suction on the pump is so high it can collapse the house

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- The suction on the pump is so high it can collapse the house

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