Check Valve or Ball Valve to HOLD PRIME

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Mike Pastorelli, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. Mike Pastorelli

    Mike Pastorelli New Member

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    I have decided on a different course with my well.
    I will be using a 1/2 HP FLOTEC pump and I will be just using my well for irrigation.
    I dont want to install a check valve to hold my prime. Can I install a ball valve?
    So once I get it her flowing and then when I finish watering, I would just close the ball valve and pull the plug on the pump. This should hold the prime, correct? This will work?
    Thanks
  2. DonL

    DonL Banned

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    You could do that but you would want it on the input of the pump unless you have a pressure cutoff switch on the output and before the Ball Valve input.

    Or turn the power off before closing the valve.
  3. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Why make it so hard? Use a check valve.
  4. DonL

    DonL Banned

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    That would be easier.

    I thought that you would favor a Ballvalve for some reason.
  5. Chad Schloss

    Chad Schloss Member

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    "I thought that you would favor a Ballvalve for some reason. "

    lol :)
  6. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Funny. All valves have their issues, but a ballvalve not regularly used gums up and might not be useable at all. Disc valves are nice because they are balanced to the pressure. A good gate valve is still hard to beat.
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