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    Can anyone tell me what kind of bucket and cover (if necessary) to use for a sump pump under a house in the dirt crawl space? Is a regular 5-gallon bucket with no cover OK?

    Does the drain line coming out of it have to be sloped down at the end?

    I guess I have to use PVC and not ABS, right?

    Thank you in advance!

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    How is the water going to get into the vessel that you are planning to use for your pump ?

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    go to h depot. they sell plastic sump pits and pipes. the ridgid 1 1/2 hp is a good pump. need check valve directly above water outlet

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    Planning on digging a hole, burying a bucket flush with the grade, surrounding it with some rocks, putting some holes in the bucket sides and bottom, and running it outside the house...

    Unless you have any suggestions?

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    Try this link:

    http://www.zoeller.com/zcopump/prod.../crawlspace.htm

    We would recommend a check valve and you can use different pipe with this system.

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    yeah that setup is OK, but the catch basin is too small. That thing would be coming on every 5 minutes. Needs more capacity, more depth, bigger overall. let me know when you come up with a bigger basin.

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    Talking 7 gallon bucket

    its best to install a large pit

    but if you dont want to dig that much

    you could get a 7 gallon bucket and get

    Zoeller supm pump to install in it.....

    the bucket isnt really supposed to be used, but I see

    them all the time.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chetwynd
    yeah that setup is OK, but the catch basin is too small. That thing would be coming on every 5 minutes. Needs more capacity, more depth, bigger overall. let me know when you come up with a bigger basin.
    Oh we have larger basins 72"x240", you just have to let us know what size you want, but I was going on the info you gave in the post (a 5 gallon bucket), I gave you a pkg system that is pretty much the same size as what you posted! Besides, when the pump is in the bucket, it is going to reduce the area to about 3 gallons anyways.

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