Pump running, not pumping

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog' started by rkfmyf, May 24, 2006.

  1. rkfmyf

    rkfmyf New Member

    May 24, 2006
    I have an older pump, newer well. The pump is a Sears model (Sta-Rite) and is above ground. The well is 180 ft. I have a gauge in the discharge side of the pump and this gauge reads Zer0. The Pump runs but sounds like it's not working very hard. My question is, How do I prime this pump as this is what Iv'e been told my problem is. There are two black lines coming up through a steel casing, then going into the pump. And how much water is usually needed for a prime?
  2. speedbump

    speedbump New Member

    Jul 15, 2005
    Water well and pump tech.
    Riverview, Fl.
    The amount of water is anybodys guess. If the footvalve is working, 5 gallons or less should do it. If not, you may never fill it up.

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