Help me select a new pump

Discussion in 'Pumps and Tanks Well Forum & Blog. Water is life.' started by Anthony W, Jul 20, 2021 at 8:37 AM.

  1. Anthony W

    Anthony W New Member

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    Awesome! Thank you. That's what I was looking for. Much appreciated.

    I installed the pump myself back in 1991, it wasn't that heavy. I just wasn't sure how much a 60' length of 1" pipe full of water would add to that.

    My existing well seal is cast iron and is extremely rusty after 30 years. Hopefully I'll be able to get it out without too much difficulty. I can see where the plastic seal would be an advantage in this case, as long as it can hold the weight of the pump.

    Now... Back to my conundrum, replace the pump now, or wait till it dies. It may run another 10 years, or it could die tomorrow. Decisions... :)
     
  2. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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    22.5 lb of water (60 ft of 1.05 ID SIDR pipe) , if I calculated correctly.
     
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Did you calculate how much it weighs when it is under water?
     
  4. fitter30

    fitter30 Well-Known Member

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    If you go with a generator i use a 6k, 7k peak run a 240 v pump, fridge, water heater, lights and 5k window unit ac not all at once but can stay comfortably. Have natural gas get a dual fuel generator- lp and gas. Lp and natural gas never go bad gasoline does.
     
  5. Anthony W

    Anthony W New Member

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    Our pump house is on it's own electrical service, so I would only need a generator big enough to run the pump. Preferably something small enough I could move down to the house if I needed to power the fridge or something. Honestly though, we rarely have power outages so it's more of a luxury wish list item than a necessity.

    One other question about a pull rope. I remember adding a pull rope when I installed my pump 30 years ago. I think the pump had a ring to attach to but I can't remember what I attached the rope to at the top end of the well? Are safety pull ropes still a good idea? I've watched several pump installation videos on YouTube and haven't seen anyone add a safety pull rope?
     
  6. valveman

    valveman Cary Austin Staff Member

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    Unfortunately, the same thing applies to a brand new pump. :confused:

    Safety rope is a bad idea. Just another opportunity for a failure, like sticking the pump in the well. If the pipe isn't good enough to hold the pump, replace the pipe.
     
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