#plumbing (Discord ID: 469988837175721985) in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics, page 1

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Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-20 22:40:21

I'm looking for sump pump suggestions? Does anyone have any recommendations?

Px4 2018-07-20 23:09:47

Are you looking to pump strictly water, say for a basement? Or something to handle small solids, for.grey/wastewater?

Px4 2018-07-20 23:10:08

Also 120/240v?

Px4 2018-07-20 23:16:06

Also for anyone else here, I’m the chief mechanic wastewater operations for my municipality. I can potentially be a good resource for any plumbing/mechanical/electrical questions you goys may have. Not too knowledgeable about vehicle engines unfortunately, but feel free to reach out and I’ll help any way I can.

Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-20 23:34:05

@Px4 it's for a standard household sump that gets a pretty significant amount of rain water a few times per year. My basement is about 1200 square feet. I also hope to finish my basement and put a couple of bedrooms down there so I need something that isn't terribly loud. 120v.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:08:15

Honestly you’d probably be fine with a standard 1/2 hp submersible. If you have a Grainger Supply in your area they’ll several to choose from. They’ll also have replacement parts regularly available as well. I’ve had good luck with Dayton Pumps, and Little Giant Pumps. Up to you whether or not you want to get one with an automatic float installed, but they’re always nice to have just in case the pump needs to start when you’re not home.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:13:10

The real limiting factor isn’t so much the size of your basement, its the height difference between where your pump is installed (the suction) and where it ends up (the discharge)

Px4 2018-07-21 00:17:02

It’s calculated in “feet of head”, i don’t want to complicate anything so tl;dr- if you have to pump water up 20ft to clear your basement, make sure your pump has a head rating that’s greater than the height it needs to overcome

Px4 2018-07-21 00:19:03


Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-21 00:19:37

I definitely need an automatic pump it's been raining for the last few days ago my pump is struggling to keep up. I think it's a 1/2 horse but I'm on the lower side of town so I tend to get a lot of water all at once on rainy days. It pumps about 12 ft vertically and then runs down about 25 feet of hose to the back of my yard.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:20:53

The vertical distance is the main resistance that the pump has to overcome.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:22:17

The max head rating in that pic basically means that pump is capable of pumping against 36ft. It’s actually a little less due to friction and elevation from sea level etc, but it’s close enough

Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-21 00:24:20

I actually don't live at my house much during the summer but my brother says it's been running pretty much constantly for the last couple of days. What I really need is flow rate not pump head since it's a relatively short distance it needs to pump.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:28:58

That’s measured in Gallons Per Minute (gpm) and it will vary depending on Ft. of Head. Here’s the rating for the pump in that picture (just for an example)

Px4 2018-07-21 00:29:00


Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-21 00:44:34

Ok. I think I have a pretty good idea of what I need now. I'm probably going to go for a little bit of overkill with a 3/4 hp pump but I'd really like to avoid flooding.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:51:02

Nothing wrong with going a little bigger. Sorry for rambling on about head pressure and all that, I’ve just seen several times where someone will go and buy a pump not knowing to look for that.

Der Seeteufel - SD 2018-07-21 00:54:19

No need to apologize. That's exactly what this channel is for.

Px4 2018-07-21 00:55:56

Sure thing, good luck and definitely let me know if I can be of any help.

Rick 2018-09-03 02:36:51

When my bathroom sink water was turned on, it would back up into the bathtub. Went downstairs with a 25-foot hand snake. After about a half-hour of push it through the pipe by hand, I used hand crank to push it through and out came a six-inch sausage of hair. Very gross, but problem solved. Few things in life feel better than saving $150 on plumbing house call.

Px4 2018-09-04 02:12:32

Yikes. I know that feel all too well, wife has long hair so every 6 months ago I have to pull a wad of it out of the shower drain.

TheWhiteRationalist 2018-10-07 19:00:16

Hey Fam!!! . New to server. Ive got water and wastewater treatment experience. State licensed and what not. Anyone got any questions or wanna talk shop I'm here.

Deleted User 2018-10-07 19:41:34

@ThisIsChris maybe give him a role?

ThisIsChris 2018-10-07 19:49:08

@Deleted User yep already did

TheWhiteRationalist 2018-10-08 22:56:58

@Deleted User @ThisIsChris Thanks. I have electrical and mechanics skills especially in terms of working 30 HP pumps, 3 phase electric....etc if you want to add those as well

ThisIsChris 2018-10-08 23:17:42

@TheWhiteRationalist you bet your bottom dollar I want to add them!

Px4 2018-10-15 18:54:54

@TheWhiteRationalist#8239 ayyy it’s nice to see another water/wastewater guy here. I’m in the same line of work, pump mechanics and electrical, anything from 1/2hp up to 200hp. Currently hold a Collections 3 license, going for 4’s this spring

Jacob 2018-10-29 08:59:59

Why does my toilet pour water for hours?

Jacob 2018-10-29 09:00:24

You know, like when it fills up the toilet bowl

Jacob 2018-10-29 09:01:25

It gets really annoying because I live in a tiny studio and I can hear it when I'm trying to do something

Jacob 2018-10-29 09:02:05

Not too concerned about the water bill, since I've been having the same problem and the water bill has been really low

RevStench 2018-10-29 12:31:49

Is the float in the tank getting stuck?

The Huwhyte Ulf - VA 2018-10-29 12:38:19

Chain could be too loose and getting caught under the plunger.

Jacob 2018-10-30 00:28:15

@RevStench it might be

Jacob 2018-10-30 00:28:30

looks like it's just not filing up

RevStench 2018-10-30 00:33:28

What Tyler said about the chain getting stuck under the plunger could be the reason it's not filling up.

RevStench 2018-10-30 00:34:37

Or the chain is getting hung up and causing the plunger not to seal properly.

RevStench 2018-10-30 00:35:35
RevStench 2018-10-30 00:37:50

Watch it next time you flush. You might see the problem.

Jacob 2018-10-30 01:15:46


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