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Judy in NC
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Pete's dream    Posted 08-31-2004 at 08:40:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

From the start let me say that I have not kept up with your post on the pump situation in depth. My assumption is that you have a surface mounted deep well jet type of pump and have not been able to prime it. This system has two pipes leaving the pump going to an ejector and then one pipe going to to the foot valve in the well. Question: Is any portion of the pipes higher than the pump? Now think on the lines that this pump does not suck water from the well but it Pushes water out of the well. Beginning at the pump the pump pushes water down the small pipe to the ejector where it picks enough water from the pipe to the foot valve to fill up the larger pipe gong back to the pump. Back at the pump all water that cannot be pushed back down the small pipe is bled off for your water supply. For the system to work it must be fully primed and if any portion ofthe piping is higher than the pump then it must be primed from the highest point in the piping. If the pump spits a small amount of water on start up and then quits, this is indication of loss of prime.

Judy in NC    Posted 08-31-2004 at 11:13:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Actually, this is a two hole jet pump that can be configured either deep or shallow well. At the beginning of all this, it had a 21 foot section of metal pipe and had components that were a mixture of deep & shallow well set up. I have changed everything over to strictly shallow well components now. My metal pipe had about a dime sized hole when I pulled it and I thought... simple, replace the pipe and I'll be all set. Unfortunately, it has not been that simple. As you can see from my various posts, this has been a "stump the pros" sort of problem. I have consulted local well pump repairmen as well as the fine folks on this board, and no one seems to be able to figure out why my system won't work.

None of the pipe is higher than the pump. (Other than, of course the line coming out the top of the well head to feed to the tank - none of the suction line is higher.)This should be strictly a suction set up now, versus if it was set up for deep well operation.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Judy in NC

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