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    Default Another Pitless Adapter Question

    Hey everyone,

    I am having well problems. My 1/2 hp 230v pump runs all the time 24/7. It puts out 22psi and 3gpm. The pressure never gets high enough to trip the switch off. I need to pull the pump.

    The pitless adapter in my well is one that I can't find any mention of excpt here.

    Anybody ever see one of these? How do you get it to let go? I am an Auto Tech Instructor, so I can fix just about anything. I have never had to deal with anyting like this, so any help would be HUGE!

    Thanks!

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    Here is the pic...

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    It looks like it may be something like: http://www.baker-mfg.com/domestic_ne...s/Bulldog.html
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    Kind of, but there is no pull-cable on it - or even a hole for a pull cable to go. It looks to me like this (which I just found a minute ago):

    http://www.merrillmfg.com/product/02...-Kit/parts.htm

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    I am starting to think that I just need to pry up on the tab near the pin. As you can see from the pic, there is no safety cable attached to the pump. Is that a good sign - like the pump isn't very far down? Or is it a bad sign - like the company that installed it was too cheap to attach a rope to the pump?

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    Oh, this is a 5" well, the pitless is exactly 4' below grade, and the water is 18' below grade. I have no idea how deep the well is or how deep the pump is set, but I am hoping not too deep...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mortal798 View Post
    Kind of, but there is no pull-cable on it - or even a hole for a pull cable to go. It looks to me like this (which I just found a minute ago):

    http://www.merrillmfg.com/product/02...-Kit/parts.htm
    Ja, I was wondering if the release didn't go down the inside of the pull pipe like in the link you posted.

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    Man, I thought for sure somebody was going to bust out with all of the information by now!

    Should I just make a hook and go for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WellWaterProducts View Post
    It looks like it may be something like: http://www.baker-mfg.com/domestic_ne...s/Bulldog.html
    Is "something like", the same - only different? :P

    My pitless has a steel release cable that moves a cam. I'm not seeing any release cable in the photo. It looks like a hinge pin on a cam but how is the cam rolled?

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    A HUGE thank you to all involved in this thread. I have to replace my pump during one of the coldest weeks of this winter and I ran into the same adapter. While searching the internet at the start, it all looked pretty straight forward until I found this adapter. I couldn't find any information and almost started trying to dig through three feet of frozen ground thinking the adapter must be bolted to the well housing... then I found this thread. Again, thanks to all of you for your tireless research. I tend to agree with craigpump when he said 'My guess is that the original installer used this pitless to ensure that only he gets the repeat service work'.
    Hopefully I can get some pictures of my experience with this as I start the attack tomorrow and post more helpful tips to this thread.

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