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Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-23-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
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The bigger the swing of the float, the better. ...

The bigger the swing of the float, the better. The higher the water level in the pit, the less the pump will cycle.

If I had your problem, I would be looking at putting well points around the...
Forum: Septic Tanks 07-23-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 103
Posted By speedbump
You can throw yeast into the toilet. That is...

You can throw yeast into the toilet. That is about as good as any store bought products.

The big thing is not to put a lot of cleaners containing bleach or anything else that would kill the...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 07-21-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By speedbump
The ejector (jet) is down in the well. It hangs...

The ejector (jet) is down in the well. It hangs on either 1" or 1-1/4" pipe in 2" and 3" wells and hangs on two pipes down a 4" or larger well. If it's a two inch or three inch, it can be next to...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-14-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By speedbump
The pipe coming out of the ground is probably the...

The pipe coming out of the ground is probably the feed from the street. I would either take the PRV apart or get another one. That one is probably plugged up. Most of them have a very fine screen...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 07-11-2015, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By speedbump
It could be junk in one of the impeller volutes,...

It could be junk in one of the impeller volutes, but generally when one of those plug, the jet would plug also. If that tube in the yard is 3" or 4" below the top pipe (roughly 5' doen) replace the...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 07-10-2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 294
Posted By speedbump
Tell us about the pump, the well. Is it a deep...

Tell us about the pump, the well. Is it a deep or shallow well hookup? Did you mean the well is underground and the pump is in the basement or crawl?

What brand pump?
Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-04-2015, 05:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By speedbump
Could you have installed it backwards? I'm...

Could you have installed it backwards?

I'm not up on pressure reducing valves as much as I am on constant pressure valves which have a small bypass in them. I'm not sure a PRV can be installed...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 07-02-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By speedbump
That's a thought provoking question. It...

That's a thought provoking question.

It would seem to me that just like pool pumps that pump up to solar panels push the weight of the water up to the panel, but then the weight of the water...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-29-2015, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By speedbump
If it was orange, you've got iron. I think...

If it was orange, you've got iron.

I think when we were kids most of us thought nothing about drinking from the garden hose. But back then we didn't have people telling us how bad for us our...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-29-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By speedbump
I agree, calcium and magnesium are good for us. ...

I agree, calcium and magnesium are good for us. Years ago people would put an extra faucet on the sink just for drinking and cooking water. RO water is even worse for you to drink.

I have never...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-27-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By speedbump
This is from the Flowing Well Handbook written by...

This is from the Flowing Well Handbook written by MDEQ in Michigan:

ARTESIAN WELL CHARACTERISTICS
In artesian wells, water rises within the well to a point above the top of the
aquifer. If the...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-26-2015, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By speedbump
All wells with a water level higher than the...

All wells with a water level higher than the bottom of the well are artesian. The wells that flow are called for the lack of a better term, flowing wells.
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-26-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By speedbump
I am in total agreement with Matt30. I sell the...

I am in total agreement with Matt30. I sell the WS1 and didn't know it had any kind of mixer valve if in fact it does. I see no reason to have almost soft water and I'm sure it is a marketing...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-25-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By speedbump
I have never known anybody wanting to add hard...

I have never known anybody wanting to add hard water back in after softening. It sounds counter productive.

I have had a softener most of my life and wouldn't want to be without. Everybody says...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-18-2015, 03:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 152
Posted By speedbump
I think that head is a Lyndsey (sp). I'm quite...

I think that head is a Lyndsey (sp). I'm quite sure they made heads for Sears. You might look there for a booklet on how that head works. The only adjustments on older heads was what days of the...
Forum: Water Heaters and Softeners 06-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 154
Posted By speedbump
That filter won't help a bit. Are you on a...

That filter won't help a bit.

Are you on a well? Do you know what minerals you have in your water? Do you have any other filtration? How old is the plumbing? What is it, copper, pex,...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-09-2015, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By speedbump
How much it holds depends on your pressure switch...

How much it holds depends on your pressure switch settings. It varies between 32 and 43 gallons between 20/40 and 40/60 settings. The Well X Trol is by far superior to anything big box stores have....
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-08-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By speedbump
Even though I do advocate using constant pressure...

Even though I do advocate using constant pressure valves, I also say, the bigger the tank the better. The less cycles the pump motor has the longer is will last.
Forum: General Plumbing Help 06-08-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By speedbump
The first thing you would have to do is move the...

The first thing you would have to do is move the pressure switch so it's close to the new tank. If you leave it at the pump house, the pump will hammer on and off rapidly because of the friction in...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-08-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 214
Posted By speedbump
What diameter is your 175' of pipe? What kind of...

What diameter is your 175' of pipe? What kind of pipe?
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-01-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By speedbump
The cistern is the best idea. I have all the...

The cistern is the best idea. I have all the goodies to do what your talking about. I do this a lot for people with low flow wells. Never before for water as nasty as yours seems to be. Do you...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 06-01-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By speedbump
That explains it! The Pumptec is the best thing...

That explains it! The Pumptec is the best thing I have found for preventing pump failure because of running dry.
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-29-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By speedbump
If it were me, rather than trying to lower the...

If it were me, rather than trying to lower the capacity of that hand dug well, I would try drilling a well into that same vein, but going a little deeper as you are at the very top of that vein and...
Forum: Pumps and Wells 05-29-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By speedbump
I would be surprised if this hadn't happened...

I would be surprised if this hadn't happened before unless your new to the home. Sounds like a low yield well and your softener drew the water level down to the pumps inlet. Like Matt said, you may...
Forum: General Plumbing Help 05-26-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By speedbump
Your 1.5" 1700' pipe shouldn't offer any friction...

Your 1.5" 1700' pipe shouldn't offer any friction loss to the home. If the pressure is good at one place in the home and not another, that's a plumbing issue. If you were to put a booster pump at...
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