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Can you use a pool pump for a sprinkler pump?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by spray_man, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. spray_man

    spray_man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    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?
  2. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    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.
  3. spray_man

    spray_man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Thanks newz7151. I think I will connect the new motor to the old pump housing.
  4. speedbump

    speedbump LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    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.

  5. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    The electrical motors are identical? or identical specs? I guess it is possible, but something tells me it ain't so.............
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,545

    Just use plenty of duck tape
  7. speedbump

    speedbump LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117


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

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Doesn't always work though. :laugh:

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  9. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    That is a friggin' hilarious pic.
  10. spray_man

    spray_man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    Follow-up: The guy had another friend install the darn thing for him. It's working just fine. O well? :confused:

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