Ground Wire???

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by Fuoti, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Fuoti

    Fuoti New Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    I have a 1/2 hp 230V Gould Submersible well pump that will go in an 80ft well. Feeds small tank in crawl space. The system was replaced in March 07 (15 months old). This included new pump, raising the buried well case to above ground with PVC exension, and running a new flexible supply line & electric line from pump in well to the house (spliced before entering house).

    Had bad lightning storms last night. This morning we woke up to no water pressure. Could not get pump to run. Called plumber that did original job. They sent a tech.

    Diagnoisis - Had full power on both sides of presssure switch but could only get 140 pull outside at well case. Must have lost one of underground wires. Maybe at a splice???

    Solution - Switch wires in house and at well case to use ground wire. Pump works, have pressure.

    My questions and concerns:
    Is this the proper way to fix it? Or a short cut?
    Is my pump properly grounded?
    Am I at greater risk?
    Should they had dug it up and replaced the wire?
    At who's cost? Mine or plumber's?

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
  2. Fuoti

    Fuoti New Member

    Jul 23, 2008

    sorry though I was posting new thread.
    will do so under correct forum.
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  4. Fuoti

    Fuoti New Member

    Jul 23, 2008
    actually don't ignore this one

    I just can't get this right, any hlep on above question would be great
  5. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    Bad well guy!

    Using a ground wire for any purpose other than grounding is a violation of code.

    I hope you didn't pay for this to be performed!
  6. valveman

    valveman Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Pump Controls Technician
    Lubbock, Texas
    Still not right but, an insulated ground wire would work. A bare wire will get you into real trouble.
  7. speedbump

    speedbump New Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Water well and pump tech.
    Riverview, Fl.
    If you must leave it that way, it would be a good to put some tape on the wire ends to signify what they really are so the next poor smuck that tries to work on them doesn't get nailed.

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