Control Box damaged by storm

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by joytexas, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. joytexas

    joytexas New Member

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    I have a Franklin 1/2 HP water well between the house and barn. After returning home I discovered a storm had knocked out power to the well house. I flipped the breaker and power was restored to pump house (lights work), but pump is not coming on. I checked the control box and one of the brass connections (where the wires from pump come in) appears to be burned up. It is the one on the far right, marked "B" following "L1", "L2", "R", and "Y". Can I replace this brass connector and fix the problem? I am 25 miles to the nearest electrician or plumber, so if I can fix this myself, I would like to save the money. Any suggestions? Thank you very much.
  2. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    All that matters is that it is safe and makes a good connection when you close the box.
  3. joytexas

    joytexas New Member

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    So are you saying that the burned connection point has nothing to do with my lack of power?
  4. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

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    It is probably the reason for the lack of power. All I am saying is that you can hard wire it and not have to use the brass connectors if you can make it safe.
  5. joytexas

    joytexas New Member

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    Roger that. I will post again when all is working. Much thanks!
  6. Rutherfordman

    Rutherfordman DIY Member

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    If the box took any kind of lightning strike it most likely damaged something else. I have a 3 HP Franklin box and when lightning gets it it usually takes out the relay coil and one of the reset switches. My box has a testing diagram on the backside of the cover which is very helpful. All you need is a ohm meter (I think thats what it is called) to test things. I am an idiot when it comes to this kind of testing so if I can do it anyone can.
  7. Rutherfordman

    Rutherfordman DIY Member

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    On second thought your box maybe totally different than mine since it is a 1/2HP. If the box is the problem and buying a new one off the shelf is the quickiest option then keep the old and see if you can rebuild it. I keep a spare rebuilt box and it comes in handy but then again I live on lightning mountain:eek:
  8. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    I know Florida has a lot of strikes but I'm unable to find US gov. data on this.
    Where would your mountain be?:confused:
    Or do mountains get more than their share of strikes because they are closer to the (angry) Gods?
  9. Rutherfordman

    Rutherfordman DIY Member

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    I live near Union Mills, NC (I know where the hell is that). It is southeast of Asheville. I live in the first range of mountains which rise above the piedmont at an elevation of 2400 feet. Not that high by Blue Ridge standards but since much of the land is flat near me the thunderstorms can get pretty intense. For some reason if lightning hits within 1/2 mile of my pump box it will cook it if the power is on. We had some fierce storms down in Shelby yesterday and I saw a trampoline in a tree as I was riding to work here in Charlotte:eek:.
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