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Old 09-12-2011, 11:35 PM   #51
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if you have to change pumps youll have to cute the pvc. thats the only thing i can add. con to pvc is 90 or 40 elbows. smooth clear tubing no ribbing nor sharp bends
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:43 PM   #52
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you can put the union between the ball valve and the pump and use a smooth vinyl to the pump no need to cut the pvc... like i said, depends on how you plumb it.
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yes but he asked about full hardline. i was giving a con to it.
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yes, i sit corrected. and truth to your words.
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Old 09-12-2011, 11:57 PM   #55
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What about bendable PVC? How does that work? Wouldnt' it be the best of both worlds? I was looking into it
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:02 AM   #56
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Both of you offer wise council, thank you. I'm gonna hardline it, since I have the PVC anyways. I also bought myself a union to be used before the ball valve. Plumbing isn't my forte, so hopefully these guys I have coming tomorrow can set me up right.

Now, here's another question. Comparing an in-line pump to a submerged pump, what's the difference in temperature that's produced? I've been spooked by some stories claiming that a submerged pump can really heat up a tank, but those accounts were in smaller systems. What do you guys think? Anyone have experience with this?
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i saw that they make flexible pvc tubing. it appears you can use it the same as hard pipe, ie red hot blue glue. if all you have the hard line you can use a heat gun and soften it to bend it.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:05 AM   #58
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i dont know anything about how much heat a submersible pump generates and affects you water temp. but ive read to cautious with a ball valve on your supply line.
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i dont know anything about how much heat a submersible pump generates and affects you water temp. but ive read to cautious with a ball valve on your supply line.
Excuse my ignorance, but is the supply line the one that goes from the sump back to the tank? Also, can you elaborate a bit more on why I should be cautious?

And as far as ball valves go, I bought one for the tank to sump and one for sump to tank, I figured I could return one if need be, and if not just have both.
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im calling the overflow to the sump the supply line.

caution because if your return from your pump back to the tank is not EXACTLY balanced (same flow to and from) with your supply you can flood.
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