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Old 07-21-2011, 03:17 AM   #11
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:49 PM   #12
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Have a look at this design from another member on AA
My DIY Sump Design & Cut-sheet.
This is a good design and may give you a few pointers,let us know when your ready to fill and I'll give you some advice on how not to have a flood during a power cut
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:24 PM   #13
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Personally I would get rid of the last "up" stage on the bubble trap because you are creating another wall where water will overflow and produce bubbles. I did just like you at first and then got rid of it later.
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Been busy.This is a fast drawing of one of ideas. my other one is kind of the same but I would put returns on the sides of the tank.but I would love to know what size pump and pipe I should use

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Personally I would get rid of the last "up" stage on the bubble trap because you are creating another wall were water will overflow and produce bubbles. I did just like you at first and then got rid of it later.
Wow I didn't see that I'll change it up. Thanks
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The sized pump is going to depend on how many GPH your drain will do. So if your overflow puts 500 GPH of water down to your sump then you will want a pump that will put 500 GPH of water back into the tank - taking into consideration head height loss (the higher it has to pump up, the lower the rating so you may need one rated at 950 because after pumping up 3-4' it is only at 500).

The sized pipe will depend on what your pump wants. If your pump is rated at say 500 GPH at 4' height with 3/4" pipe, then that is what you would use because any other size would change what the pump can do.

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Been busy.This is a fast drawing of one of ideas. my other one is kind of the same but I would put returns on the sides of the tank.but I would love to know what size pump and pipe I should use

Been getting great feed back
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I did this when I first setup my tank,the returns were plumbed down the left back corner along the bottom and up the right back corner,this was so I could get good water flow behind the LR,after about 6 months I removed it all because it was collecting and storing too much rubbish from the tank.There are some photo's of it in my profile
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