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The fire down below....
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Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 06:49:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
About once every three or four months the pump on the well will quit working. Now I know why this is, and I know what to look for, but back in the beginning, when I found myself home one weekend with no water, Fred gone hunting in SC, the best I could do was tinker and fiddle with it and hope to try and figure out what the problem was.

I knew enough to cut the power. Wasn't sure which breaker went with the pump, nothing is marked, so I shut off the main AND each breaker one by one and made my way back there with tool pouch and an optimistic outlook. For longer than I like to think about, I stood there staring at the tank, trying to figure out where the works were. The weeds had grown up around the base of the pump and it didn't help matters that I didn't really know what I was looking for.

The next thing I knew I felt the first sting. I looked down, and my legs were covered from the knees down with fire ants. I was wearing jeans and ankle boots and I got out of both in record time, standing unashamedly out in the middle of the pasture in my Hanes Her Way(s) but I wasn't fast enough to keep from getting about a hundred welts.

I now know why the well pump quits working every three months or so, I know about keeping a slender nail file in my tool pouch to file the little ant carcasses out from between the points, I also know that if I keep some ant killer sprinkled around the base of the pump it seems to help a bit, but usually after the first hard rain within days the ants will search for and find higher ground, the pump will shut down and I will be out there with my nail file scrubbing away. I have taken to wearing a housedress and sandals for this chore. They are a lot easier to get out of.


Mike    Posted 08-19-2004 at 18:34:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For those of you who have trouble with ants or bugs getting into the pump's pressure switch I have manufactured an enclosure. I call it a Mike's "NO BUG" Box. I sell it with a new pressure switch inside. Retail cost 69.95
It is Quarter inch wall plastic with a threaded lid. Works great, been selling them since Mar 03.
Call to order 863-675-2260.


Les    Posted 07-06-2003 at 09:24:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not that I would ever have any chance of having that problem (if fire ants ever get this far north, I'm moving to Baffin Island!) but when the pump is 400 feet in the ground and the control is on the cellar wall, it ain't gonna happen anyway.
Oh, that's right...no cellars in Floriddy either.


Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 09:38:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
They do have cellers in Fla.. Except the house is not on top of them,They are full of water and they renamed them swimming pools.


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 12:06:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lol Clod. True.


Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 12:26:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those cellers down in Naples Fla are nice places to cook buns.


One More Item...Jimbob    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:18:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
99% of pumps spin CCW (counter clock wise). Check the existing motor rotation & wire the new motor to spin the same direction.


One More Item...Jimbob    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:17:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
((% of pumps spin CCW (counter clock wise). Check the existing motor rotation & wire the new motor to spin the same direction.


Jimbob    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:15:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do what I did, buy a TEFC (totally enclosed, fan cooled) motor. I would replace mine every year to two years using the open frams drip proof type. I been 5 running 5 years on the TEFC & expect at leat another 10 years service. Most well repair businesses do not have these TEFC motors. Not using a TEFC is simply poor engineering in damp or critter/bug infested areas. Call WW Grainger at 813-253-5316 (Tampa, FL or ask for nearest store to you). Ask for a TEFC 120/240 volt AC well motor, single phase. You will have to give them the frame size (56C is mostly used on well pumps) off of your existing motor. Finally, give the horsepower rating. Cost is $125 to $150. Follow the wiring diagram posted on the motor. And, make sure electricity is OFF! Also, use duct tape to seal up any small entry points on the pump pressure switch.

If they say, 'you need a commercial account', state you need a one time accommidation like many Grainger stores perform. Any problems, get back with me.


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:24:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jimbob that sounds like a worthy investment. I will definitely mention this to Fred.


Jimbob    Posted 07-06-2003 at 18:23:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fine business Cindi.


DeadCarp    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:01:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a can of Sevin dust (or some generic with the same dope), i had a trash can of ants & sprinkled some around, in about 5 minutes they had disappeared and i could vacuum up the dust. And they've stayed gone.


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:12:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sevin dust is good stuff. We had an infestation of stick fleas on my chickens once. Fifty some odd chickens just covered with these fleas. They are a combination of a tick and a flea, they bite and then stay pretty much in the same spot sucking blood.

I made a compound half and half of sevin dust and bag balm and smeared it on the chickens heads. It not only got rid of them, but I haven't seen another one since.


DeadCarp    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:25:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, sometimes you do say things funny - sorry your chickens all left - jeez at the cheap price of eggs, i'd start another flock :)


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:45:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
LMAO...no my chickens did not leave, I need to structure my sentences differently. Lol! My daughter is standing here saying ...what's so funny...what are you laughin at!


Clod    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:25:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fire ants are like electrical ozone i think.They get where electricity arcs.Even climb auto tires to get to the altenators.They also like ant motels a lot.When you get tired of working on pumps and breaker boxes.But ant motels and put them close to those places.That is how I got them out of my Beretta after wasteing money on other poisons.Ofcourse that dont sound like a country solution to an insect problem.But just dont tell how you solved the problem.


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 07:49:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't solve the problem. It's an ongoing battle, just figured it was something I had to live with. Nothing holds up very well with the rain and the sun and the wind. It was the only ant killer story I could come up with. :)

I still haven't figured out why you asked about an ant killer story.


Lenore    Posted 07-06-2003 at 08:05:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clarification!
Someone a day or two ago asked how to get rid of ants from around his swimming pool.
He got a number of suggestions.
Clod just likes to know how the suggestions worked.
You know which worked best;
You know so we can go to the solution right away.
No use going through trial and error if someone else already did. :-)


Cindi    Posted 07-06-2003 at 08:14:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh....okay...I get it, I get it. Well anyway I got a lot of good suggestions for what to do about the situation! I'ts been several weeks since the last time so I'm due again any time.


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