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spray_man
03-22-2007, 11:35 PM
I suspect no. However, I don't know why not. A friend wants me to help him change over his bad sprinkler pump for a new pool pump, one of his friends gave him. What do I tell him?

newz7151
03-22-2007, 11:45 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the pool pump will not be able to generate enough pressure to run the sprinkler system. I believe pool pumps rely more on volume than pressure to keep a pools water filtered.

spray_man
03-23-2007, 07:51 AM
Thanks newz7151. I think I will connect the new motor to the old pump housing.

speedbump
03-23-2007, 09:11 AM
Pool pumps are not very self priming and won't pull water near as far as jet or centrifugal pumps will. The in ground pool pump can make a max pressure of 38 lbs. Hardly enough to run a sprinkler system. The above ground is restricted to around 18 lbs. Because of it's low head small diameter characteristics. Stay with a self primer or jet pump depending on the amount of water you need.

bob...

bicmudpuppy
03-23-2007, 02:23 PM
The electrical motors are identical? or identical specs? I guess it is possible, but something tells me it ain't so.............

Wet_Boots
03-23-2007, 02:32 PM
Just use plenty of duck tapehttp://img128.imageshack.us/img128/2314/ducktrappedbyducktapera4.gif

speedbump
03-23-2007, 03:35 PM
Boots,

When I first saw that, I thought it was an electric toothbrush.

PurpHaze
03-23-2007, 11:29 PM
Just use plenty of duck tapehttp://img128.imageshack.us/img128/2314/ducktrappedbyducktapera4.gif

Doesn't always work though. :laugh:

Hank Reardon
03-24-2007, 01:15 AM
Just use plenty of duck tapehttp://img128.imageshack.us/img128/2314/ducktrappedbyducktapera4.gif

That is a friggin' hilarious pic.

spray_man
04-26-2007, 05:04 AM
Follow-up: The guy had another friend install the darn thing for him. It's working just fine. O well? :confused:

jerryrwm
04-26-2007, 08:52 AM
Haze..Is that a DWV fitting?

Wet_Boots
04-26-2007, 09:08 AM
Haze..Is that a DWV fitting?Whaddaya expect from a crappy install?

PurpHaze
04-26-2007, 11:38 PM
Haze..Is that a DWV fitting?

Don't know. It was put in 25 years ago by plumbers.