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Before purchasing a pump, take time to find out the length and degree of rise to the pump site for the intake and discharge lines. This information is necessary for the pump to work properly in your location. You will need to run power to the pump site. Generally, the electrical and plumbing lines should be buried in separate trenches. Check your local electrical codes. Also, it's a good idea to build some type of weatherproof shelter to keep the elements away from the pump unit.
First, establish where the intake or foot valve should be located and where the pump needs to be installed. Next, build a stable base for the pump using several four-inch cap blocks to create a stable foundation. Then, set the pump in place. Once the area has been prepared, you’re ready to set up the foot valve.
To install the foot valve, tighten the transition fitting into the valve, then insert into the intake line. Secure with a hose clamp. Tighten the clamp using a screwdriver.
Fill a bucket about three inches deep full of small stones, then insert the foot valve and fill the bucket with more stones. This creates a second filter to keep debris out of the pump. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for additional water intake.
Sink the bucket and the foot valve in the deepest part of the pond. It’s now time to move on to connecting the intake and outtake lines to the pump.
Cut your pipe to length and attach the intake pipe to a union. Contour the pipe to the fitting on the pump. Secure with two hose clamps.
Create a brass header, which consists of a pressure gauge and silcock on the pump discharge. A union valve union is also a good idea for easy winterizing.
Attach the 3/4 inch discharge pipe and begin the run to your spigot location. Remember to run water and electric in two separate trenches according to local codes. You can now move on to assembling the hydrant. Before turning the pump on, prime it by filling it with water.
Use 3/4 inch copper and about 24 inches to a wing 'T' and solder together. Next, attach a spigot. Continue up to a 90-degree angle with a 4-way silcock.
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