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Yet ANOTHER well pump udate
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Judy in NC    Posted 08-18-2004 at 12:49:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I replaced the foot valve, strainer, and pipe (with schedule 80 black pvc).

I reinstalled everything, primed the system through my municipal supply. (backfed water into the tank up to 50 # pressure - pressure regulator is a 30/50) I then shut off the municipal suppy, plugged in the pump, turned on a faucet, and the pump did not turn on right away (of course it shouldn't until the pressure went down to 30#) When the pump did come on, the pressure gauge needle jerked wildly back and forth, mainly centered over about 20 #, but the pressure kept falling on down to 10, and lower while the pump was still running.

So for some reason it still does not seem to be pumping quite as it should - it is obviously pumping some, but not enough to build the pressure. I am thinking I'm still getting air somewhere, but can't possibly figure where. I replaced the gasket between the pump and the ejector, and I teflon-taped the other joints.

I am definitely getting water pressure at the prime bolt now - I was getting NONE before.

What should I look for now? :-(

Judy in NC


Willy-N    Posted 08-18-2004 at 16:56:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
You could be leaking around the part you un/bolted off the pump. The gasket could be damaged some. You can put a Silicon Sealer on the surface to seal it good. Spray Bottle some water on the edge that is between the pump and Jet bolted on it to see if it gets sucked in. Mark H.


b0ob    Posted 08-18-2004 at 15:25:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
do you have a valve on discharge of pump try just cracking it a bit or build up pressure with it shut and then just crack it if air in line it will work it this way but if open all way will lose prime


Burrhead    Posted 08-18-2004 at 13:05:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
From my experience if there is and air leak there won't be any water coming to the prime plug.

You may not have got the lines completely filled with water and the erratic needle is caused by air that was trapped in the lines. It will probly be fine now if you get all the air out is what it sounds like to me.

If you had an air leak or the foot vavle did not work it would not have held pressure when you had the hose on it.


Clod    Posted 08-18-2004 at 18:00:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you go through this again.Think of building testors. Maybe use the public water supply to check for openings that should not be there. If you live near large hardware stores you can find things to make adapters with.


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