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    Yeah - the delivery charges are more than the...

    Yeah - the delivery charges are more than the energy cost. My contract provides energy at $0.08/kWhr but by the time I get my bill, the total charges amount to almost $0.19 per kWhr. All the other...
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    Thanks VA. I appreciate the time you took reading...

    Thanks VA. I appreciate the time you took reading my questions and providing your suggestions/answers. I guess it amounts to how much do I want to spend on the system. The more I spend (on a pump),...
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    I've been doing a little investigating and...

    I've been doing a little investigating and appreciate your comments on my assumptions below:

    1) 1 foot of head of water equates to 0.4335 PSI so the pump at 250 feet requires 108 PSI to the top of...
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    Thanks Valveman for the great info. I wondered...

    Thanks Valveman for the great info. I wondered about the VFD - high upfront cost and expensive to repair WHEN it fails and electronics will only last so long. I'll look into the CSV - I haven't heard...
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    How to select the well pump size

    Hi All
    Does anyone have good rules of thumb (or real guidelines) for selecting the proper size well pump, pressure tank and how deep to put the pump? Also - comments on VFD versus a simple pressure...
  6. Thread: Dead Outlets

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    Ahh yes - but the licensed electrician (not me)...

    Ahh yes - but the licensed electrician (not me) too the easy way out and daisychained utilizing the infamous (aka poor) backstabs. I personally would daisy chain using the screw terminals rather than...
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    I've also had 2 backstabbed problems in our house...

    I've also had 2 backstabbed problems in our house (built in 1987). The faulty installations were both in relatively lightly loaded circuits so I don't believe heat was the problem. In both cases, the...
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    It was interesting watching/reading the...

    It was interesting watching/reading the 'discussion' between the two posters. While it 'seems' obvious that a 1 amp/120 VAC load on each side of the panel would add up to a 2 amp load on the neutral,...
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    I also take the fan compartment door off and run...

    I also take the fan compartment door off and run the furnace fan for 'poor mans A/C' and it works well. I also remove the attic access panel and put a fan in that 2'*3' opening. This vents the hot...
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    Thanks Mike and Kree. I won't point out my...

    Thanks Mike and Kree. I won't point out my 'deficiency' to the 'qualified' home inspectors as it does seem to work properly. I suspect there is enough venting of the system so that I don't have a...
  11. Thread: Squeaky Wheel

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    Squeaky Wheel

    The squeaky wheel gets the grease....but it's the first to be replaced.
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    Sincerity

    The key to a successful presentation is Sincerity - and once you can fake that - you have it made.
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    Laundry/Utility Sink venting in basement

    I installed a laundry/utility type sink in my basement - you know the white plastic ~2'*2'*2' type sink. The drain is about 6 feet away from the main 4" house drain which I tied into - and there was...
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    Is it possible that whoever installed the unit...

    Is it possible that whoever installed the unit mixed up the hot and cold supply and discharge. I had a plumber come in to install a second HWT and couldn't get any hot water out of it because the...
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    I agree. The tanks are mostly the same just a...

    I agree. The tanks are mostly the same just a different sticker. (I do have a Kenmore tank with a 9 year warranty and it has 2 anodes) I always replace my tanks (myself) with ones that have the anode...
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    Hi Valveman - you're memory is correct but I...

    Hi Valveman - you're memory is correct but I thought I'd provide some sample values.
    I measured the resistance on my well pump - a 1/2 hp, 240VAC, 3 wire setup:
    Black to Red - 30 ohms
    Red to...
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    I did what you are planning to do. I didn't use a...

    I did what you are planning to do. I didn't use a pressure tank and just connected a hose to the pump discharge. I used a 1/3 HP jet pump. I did this because I wanted to use a timer to operate the...
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    You could also install a second 40 gallon tank in...

    You could also install a second 40 gallon tank in series with your other tank. I did that and we have lots of water. The nice thing about 2 tanks is that if one goes, and if you installed bypass...
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    I always buy the cheapest HWT tank I can find and...

    I always buy the cheapest HWT tank I can find and replace the anode every 3-4 years and find the tanks last about 10-12 years regardless of how much I paid for it. I do look for a HWT with an exposed...
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    Thanks Valveman. I didn't see any way to take...

    Thanks Valveman. I didn't see any way to take either the motor or the wet end apart. I didn't realize the motor was water filled so I will store it in the basement so it won't freeze in the winter....
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    Hi Valveman Would you please elaborate on what...

    Hi Valveman
    Would you please elaborate on what to look for between the 3 wires - ie how many ohms between each wire. There are 2 possibilities - If the original installer did not run a ground (as in...
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    The first 2 wires are L1 and L2 (240 VAC between...

    The first 2 wires are L1 and L2 (240 VAC between the two), the 3rd wire may be a ground if it's green or if yellow could be the capacitor start wire. You can tell this if you have a control box near...
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    I just replaced my pump (35 years old) and it had...

    I just replaced my pump (35 years old) and it had a pitless adapter that needed to have the "back feet" released before I could pry out the fitting that went into the well casing. (should have taked...
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    Can I rebuild a deep well submersible pump?

    I replaced my Jacuzzi well pump (10 gpm,230vac, 3 wire). It was 35 years old and I thought I should replace it when the weather was good rather than wait for it to fail sometime which of course...
  25. I agree - the copper pipe would make me nervous...

    I agree - the copper pipe would make me nervous too but it is there now. Unthreading it and replacing it with a steel pipe sounds like a good idea but if you can't rethread the new steel pipe, then...
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