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greenmonster304
09-21-2011, 09:45 PM
We did this little job today. we resurrected an old shallow well for one of my customers so he can water some new trees along his long driveway and his large garden. Before you say anything he supplied the pump. It works well, tomorrow i have to hook up all the drip to the trees.

Wet_Boots
09-21-2011, 09:59 PM
a pat on the back and two attaboys for including the flex coupling

ARGOS
09-21-2011, 10:08 PM
Since I have no comment...nice flip flops.

Mike Leary
09-21-2011, 10:29 PM
I like it, are you going to build a little enclosure for it?

Stuttering Stan
09-21-2011, 10:30 PM
This comment is overly picky- sch 80 nipple on outlet.
Overall a good, clean job if I must say so.

Mike Leary
09-21-2011, 10:34 PM
This comment is overly picky- sch 80 nipple on outlet.

Why? It looks like all plastic to plastic. If it was a brass or steel pump outlet, o.k. ;)

greenmonster304
09-21-2011, 10:44 PM
I like it, are you going to build a little enclosure for it?

The owner said he was going make some kind of roof for it. The guy is retired and likes to putts around the property and tinker with stuff. It's kind of funny he has a system we could have tapped for this but he thinks wells and pumps are cool so he spent twice as much to do this. I had fun doing it. The well hadn't been used it 15 or 20 years so I sent a pipe down and blew out all the crap out. It only took about a min to get the pump primed.
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Mike Leary
09-21-2011, 10:49 PM
I wish I had a pic of it, but I did a booster pump similar to that and one of the carpenters built an enclosure that mirrored the house! :clapping:

Stuttering Stan
09-21-2011, 10:50 PM
Why? It looks like all plastic to plastic. If it was a brass or steel pump outlet, o.k. ;)

A wise pump man taught me to not use sch40 on the inlet/ outlet. Never have to worry about sch 80 or steel breaking off into the pump. I learned from one of my mistakes several years ago.

koster_irrigation
09-22-2011, 07:09 AM
i agree, its not good to thread plastic into a pump.

the pump heats up and will melt the plastic and blow the connection out.

Seen it happen several times. Always come out with 6" or better worth of
metal to dissipate that heat.

txgrassguy
09-22-2011, 08:55 AM
I see time and again where a homeowner goes into the local hardware store, buys a centrifugal pump then calls me saying "it doesn't work".
My favorite is when I ask why there are pvc sewage fittings all over instead of schedule 80 components. Costs too much is what I hear in reply.
Never could figure that one out, by the time I get the Northern Star cheap-assed pump reinstalled and all the piping sorted out the dude has just paid me over $500 to straighten out his Ace special.
I have always applauded the knowledgeable verse cheap do-it-yourself kind of guy, especially the guys similar to the o.p. Go in, get the system set-up properly so the dude has something to mess around with - then usually get invited for a beer or three while sitting on the back porch watching the water fly.

jvanvliet
09-22-2011, 07:44 PM
Since irrigating with a trash pump is out of my league, my only comment would be galvanized in & galvanized out. One question at this point, what's with all the right angles?

The other question is regarding the flex pipe, what's it made of? I haven't seen it in FL, usually to custom fit steel pipe, I have to cut it and thread it. I like the idea of the flex, offers a lot more, shall we say... FLEXIBILITY?:laugh:

Really nice clean installation, you can be proud of it.

Mdirrigation
09-22-2011, 09:41 PM
what type of yield does the well produce ? and for how long ?

greenmonster304
09-22-2011, 09:47 PM
Since irrigating with a trash pump is out of my league, my only comment would be galvanized in & galvanized out. One question at this point, what's with all the right angles?

The other question is regarding the flex pipe, what's it made of? I haven't seen it in FL, usually to custom fit steel pipe, I have to cut it and thread it. I like the idea of the flex, offers a lot more, shall we say... FLEXIBILITY?:laugh:

Really nice clean installation, you can be proud of it.

The right angles I did just so that it's kind of like a swing joint. If things settle and move around I can still get it to line up. The flex is just vinyl suction hose it is reinforced with some kind of webbing.
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greenmonster304
09-22-2011, 09:55 PM
what type of yield does the well produce ? and for how long ?

I did a quick test and got 16 gpm the max presure it would only build was 25 lbs even with all valves closed. I was running it for atleast an hour today. As I have it set up now it has a manual zone of drip for ten 15' maples and a few copper beeches. Also a main with hosebibs around the property and a feed for the garden.
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