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Old 02-13-2013, 05:30 PM   #21
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It was mentioned earlier but I'd like to say it again. You shouldn't put a ball valve directly inline with the return pump. That will shorten the life of the pump. Instead put a t branching off of the return and a ball valve after the t that way the return pump is allowed to always be wide open and you can blow off the excess water back into the sump. Much less stressful for the pump.
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Oh I get what you're saying! So would you put the valve on the return to the tank or the t bal to sump. I'm guessing probably the line back to the sump! Right?


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Correct. That way the pressure can be bled off and the pump doesn't get restricted. Also a good way to feed an ats if you plan on doing one.
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I just meant put a ball valve on the return line a couple feet from the pump. And slow the rerun flow down. But like I said if you slow it down too much it will shorten the life of your pump. Puts more stress on the motor.

You want your pump completely underwater. From the pics it looks like it drawing air because the top is exposed.
This is true thanks i will do this! Im glad you noticed because thats exactly what is happening. A few observations that i noticed and not quite sure why. Maybe they ring a bell to you or anyone else. When i turn off my system i am left with roughly 4 inches of room in my sump. When i turn it back on with my pump submerged from all the water, it sounds and works great! So i know that the pump needs to be submerged. When the flow goes back to normal it begins to gasp because of the lack of water. I have added water to the return compartment of the sump and my dump area of the overlfow rises. I give it time and it settles a bit but pretty much the dump is to the tippy top. To me... It seems like the water is not draining quick enough? But then again it seems like its returning to quickly? Fun fun fun lol
Hence the ball valve. Btw should i add enough water so that when i turn off my system i fill my sump to about and inch from the top? Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:19 PM   #24
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It was mentioned earlier but I'd like to say it again. You shouldn't put a ball valve directly inline with the return pump. That will shorten the life of the pump. Instead put a t branching off of the return and a ball valve after the t that way the return pump is allowed to always be wide open and you can blow off the excess water back into the sump. Much less stressful for the pump.
Understood i think. Lol
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With my return off my sumo is about 2-3 inches from overfilling. Since I cannot gain any water I know I'm good. I also have a tiny leaks in my overflow so i will be adding a ball valve on the drain so I can stop all water movement.
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What size is the supply and return at its largest point. What size tank?
The tank is 50 gallons and what do you mean by what size is the supply and return? Size of the overflow dump? And sump? The hose? Sorry let me know. Thanks!
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With my return off my sumo is about 2-3 inches from overfilling. Since I cannot gain any water I know I'm good. I also have a tiny leaks in my overflow so i will be adding a ball valve on the drain so I can stop all water movement.
Yeah the same here give or take. Is flex seal safe? Stupid question but had to ask... Btw anyone have a picture i can use a template for this ball valve t pipe?
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Flex seal? Are you talking about flexible plastic tubing?
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Flex seal? Are you talking about flexible plastic tubing?

Here is a link,

https://www.flexsealbrite.com/?tag=i...a_bid=c41ecdbe
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I have no idea. What are you trying to seal?
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