I'm stuck on this one.....Pump?Pressure? Not sure

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    What are your vacuum gauge readings?
     
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    what you mean boots?
     
  3. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
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    Did you check foot valve? Initial blast of water and pressure then no flow? Could the intake be partially clogged, thus getting enough water for a short blast? What about tanks? Do they need to be recharged?
     
  4. Wet_Boots

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    I'm thinking in terms of clogged intakes. Especially in algae-choked ponds.

    A vacuum gauge? Just a tool that helps you get a visual measurement on the pressure on the intake side of a pump. Any centrifugal pump will have at least one place to thread in a vacuum gauge.
     
  5. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Dive down and remove debris from foot valves.
    Use 1/2" pipe, with an empty sealed plastic bottle tied on to top end for a float, as a breathing tube.
    Luckily I've only had to do something like that twice in my career.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

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    Don't dive - they may never find your body
     
  7. CAPT Stream Rotar

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    checked 1 of the valves in the water for the suction line..it had some kind of old spring loaded checkvalve...in working order there was about 5-7 feet of pipe in the water before the check..

    no obstructions...

    well guy coming in on monday..
    then its time to cut and couple the main till we find the problem.
     
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

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    a pic of this horrid setup

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    what is missing is the tank to my left....same 33 gallon i think....

    is it true that in order to measure bladder pressure you have to drain the system to get a reading?

    learned a lot today...and still learning.
     
  9. ARGOS

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    You mean air pressure in tank? Tire stem on top of tank. Tire gauge.
     
  10. 1idejim

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    you're lucky that you have a career, you could be way freaking dead.:hammerhead:

    underwater entrapment is a leading cause of drowning, i have a rec. padi card 20 yrs old and dove uncertifide for another 20 yrs, hire a diver or buy a hooka set up. the water, much like the sky, is an unforgiving force to those who don't take them seriously
     

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