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    Amazing some of things i am reading here.

    YES THE CHECK VALVE IS IN CORRECTLY AND OPERATING PROPERLY. Yes the pump is providing water at about 55 psi but never going to shut off now. I took the entire system in the house apart and installed a pressure gauge at the floor where the pump pipe comes into the house I turned on the well switch and the gauge maintained about 52psi and never went over it. I have a Meyers 1/2 hp 10 gallons per minute pump 230V 2 wire. Now is this bad i believe my pump should easily hit 100psi.does this point toward a hole in the line or a bad pump like i believe. i was told to take the well cap off and listen for a leak after the pump is turned off but in my well the water is about 3 feet from the top as I am on a lake.

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    Well then your next step is to lift the pump a few feet and repeat the same test there. If you get a similar pressure reading there, then the problem is down the hole and you need to pull the pump all the way out to inspect the pipe and/or the pump.

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    Now that you have done the inside check, do the same thing with the pipe down the well. Because the system wont hold pressure, my guess is that you have either a split in the drop pipe or a rotted fitting. And yes the pump should make more than 52 psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkrisp View Post
    Amazing some of things i am reading here.

    YES THE CHECK VALVE IS IN CORRECTLY AND OPERATING PROPERLY.
    I was just making a joke because I don't know what else to tell you. None of this makes any sense. If the check valve is installed and working properly, then even if there is a split in the drop pipe the pressure should not drop when no water is being used. Let us know what you find.

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    I appear to have 2 problems that are just getting worse 1st off the pressure tank has either a collapse diaphram or a clogged inlet as no matter what i do water will not fill the tank or go in it in any way Second I seem to have a bad pump or a split in the down pipe as I can not get the system to go over 52 psi when the pump is on and capped with a psi gauge. So i have taken Friday off and will be pulling the pipe. how ever when i took off the cap I found galvenized pipe all the way to the top of the pipe with a "T" on it. Is this some different type of install will I have a pitless still in the down casing?

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    Sounds like somebody just left you a Tee handle already on the pitless. How nice of them. Probably just need to pull on the tee, but a picture would help confirm what you have.

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    Be very damn careful pulling on that T, I have see people leave them there like you describe only to find that the thing is damn near rotted through at the pitless. If it breaks with weight on it, you could find yourself fishing the pump, pipe and wire out of the well. Not fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigpump View Post
    Be very damn careful pulling on that T, I have see people leave them there like you describe only to find that the thing is damn near rotted through at the pitless. If it breaks with weight on it, you could find yourself fishing the pump, pipe and wire out of the well. Not fun.
    Good catch! Galv pipe left screwed into a brass pitless, there may not be any threads left. Check it out before pulling up.

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    Trying to load a pic but I keep getting an error

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    You may have to re-size or compress it to make the file size smaller.
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

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    Use this link and just paste the one for forums and message boards.
    http://tinypic.com/

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    well i give up my IT guy says it have to do with the security and I can not upload it.

    So what do you recommend should I unscrew the galvinized pipe from the pit less and check it before I pull it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkrisp View Post

    So what do you recommend should I unscrew the galvinized pipe from the pit less and check it before I pull it up?

    Yes, that is what we are saying.

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    Yes, unscrew and inspect it.

    Normally the pull pipe would be longer so that it stands proud of the top. This is so you can screw handles into the Tee. The handles act as a safety to keep you from dropping the works down the hole.

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    I wish I could post this picture: it actually is more of a wing nut with the pipe going through the center and the pipe end that is inline with the top of the down pipe, and it is tapped female.

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