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Old 07-19-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Submersible pump for external use

Is it ok to use submersible pump as external pump ?

I have unused submersible pump, I am thinking to use it for other purpose.

submersible = can be use under water or must be used under water ?
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Generally it means they have to be under water, the intake certainly has to be.
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Generally it means they have to be under water, the intake certainly has to be.
Thank you for quick response.

If I extend the intake using a hose and put the other end of the hose under water, is it possible to use the pump externally ?
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Thank you for quick response.

If I extend the intake using a hose and put the other end of the hose under water, is it possible to use the pump externally ?
Yes some submersible pumps can be run externally, I use Quiet One pumps in my sumps which can be used either way.

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It really depends on the individual pump. If I am not mistaken, most pumps sold as submersible need the surrounding body of water to cool themselves down. Running them externally could lead to severe overheating and a possible fire. Do you know the exact model of pump you're considering in this application?
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The Danner Mag drive pumps are advertised as submersible or in-line. The do get surprisingly hot so be careful of the environment you put it in. Airflow is important to keep it as cool as possible.
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It really depends on the individual pump. If I am not mistaken, most pumps sold as submersible need the surrounding body of water to cool themselves down. Running them externally could lead to severe overheating and a possible fire. Do you know the exact model of pump you're considering in this application?
Thank you for the explaination. The pump was originally from filter pump. I think it is only available here, in Japan. I think it is better to cancel my plan if there is a risk of fire.
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