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Old 11-28-2011, 11:16 AM   #1
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I had to redo my sump pump pit- the old metal one crumbled away from age. I bought a new plastic pit bucket that is about 18" wide by 2' deep- I tried to dig out the existing pit as deep as possible but now I'm hitting rock and slate- to continue to make it deeper will be a real challenge (not sure if I can even jackhammer it since there is a bit of water still in there) Right now It's about 16-18" deep. Can I cut the current bucket shorter and use it that way or should i continue to try and get it 2' deep which will be a real challenge....?

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Cut the bucket----

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Thanks Mike-
So that leads to...... do I cut like 6-8" off the midsection of the bin and try to "sleeve" the top portion over the bottom?- or.... cut bottom out and just lay a bed of crushed stone and patio block as a base- Lay pump on that and then pit liner will extend rest of the way up the sides of the pit? Also I would still need to drill holes in the side I'm guessing.
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I would probably cut off the top----and add concrete around the hole to secure it ( some screws driven around the rim -before the concrete is packed into the gap will keep it from popping up)

Drill or cut whatever holes you need and you are good.

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thanks again!- i guess the only reason I would cut the bottom vs the top would be to secure the plastic top that came with the basin (but in hindsight- I think your way is better- I can "make" the top fit somehow
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You are on site and the best judge on this one---only problem with cutting off the bottom---

Crud and stones can work its way under the cut---and if the flange is on--you may have a hard time filling in the sides with gravel---

If you can figure out the challenge of those two items--then --yes,it will be a neater install if you have a flange and a proper lid.--Mike---
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Not to confuse anything, particularly since I have limited experience with sump pits, but couldn't you leave the top intact, in order to accept the lid as intended, cut the bottom, mix up a bag or two of Quikrete for the bottom of the hole, and set the bucket into that?
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Not to confuse anything, particularly since I have limited experience with sump pits, but couldn't you leave the top intact, in order to accept the lid as intended, cut the bottom, mix up a bag or two of Quikrete for the bottom of the hole, and set the bucket into that?
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I have also seen them set as deep as they could be and leave the top portion sticking up out of the floor. As long as it is in an area where it wouldn't be a hazzard.
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