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    MacGyver Level 1 Unlocked!

    We pump water out of the lake to water the lawns and the plants and our current pump has died (ok, I killed it but really, isn't that splitting hairs?) so I've bought a replacement. The problem here is that the input and output pipes are 1 1/2" OD while the new pressure tank outlet is 3/4". At least up here in small town Ontario, there is no such thing as a 3/4" to 1 1/2" adaptor/connector so, what's a man to do, especially one who is known for being "anti-handy"? Improvise! I know this isn't much for those of you who are handy, but for me this is a big deal and only involved 2 trips to the hardware store and better yet, no trips to Emerg!

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    #2
    Nicely done. I'm not handy either, but I try, and it's a great feeling to solve a problem on your own.

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      #3
      I don't know?

      I do not see a pocket comb, chewing gum or bowling trophy, so technically it can't be MacGyvered.

      LOL

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      • HawkerXP
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        I see a torch! That's got to be close.

      #4
      If it works - ya done good.

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        #5
        Well not much help now but there is/was a pump store in Wasaga Beach that would have had the correct fittings.
        I damn near wore the hinges of his door years ago when we had a place up on Woodland Beach.
        This was several years ago so don't even know if he's still there but he had literally everything for pumps.
        For the life of me can't remember the name of the place.



        PUMP SHOP on Main St at River Rd....mind like a steel trap just needed WD-40 for the rust
        Last edited by smokin fool; June 26, 2020, 06:27 AM.

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        • pkadare
          pkadare commented
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          They certainly know me in our local Home Hardware. After my second trip, as I was walking away from the cash, the cashier said, "See you again shortly" with a knowing smile. Nice that in this particular case she was wrong. :-)

        • smokin fool
          smokin fool commented
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          Home hardware is great, our local one, one trip they have what you want bang, zoom....gone, fixed....
          AND its run by a woman and her daughters and they actually know the right answer to damn near everything, they are truely amazing.
          Home Depot walk around the store for an hour, get no help buy the wrong thing....repeat process....

        #6
        It needs more hose clamps.

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        • pkadare
          pkadare commented
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          My wife has complained that they aren't properly aligned. :-)

        #7
        Next major "news" article in your neck of the woods......……….."Major hose clamp shortage! Another unexpected consequence of Covid 19?"

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          #8
          did you do it in 60 seconds before the pump timer turned on and would have flooded the house?

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          • pkadare
            pkadare commented
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            Funny you should mention that as I once tested a pond pump in the kitchen sink. It did not end well.

          #9
          I don't see any duct tape or bailing wire.

          I'm so confused

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          • smokin fool
            smokin fool commented
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            Hey, yeah.
            Need a little Red Green input to this problem

          #10
          Ingenuity is the Mother of Invention !!

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          • bardsleyque
            bardsleyque commented
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            Frank Zappa and the Mother's of Invention!

          #11
          Well, if it works, it works. End of story. Good job! I like all those shiny clamps :-)

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          • pkadare
            pkadare commented
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            That remains to be seen. While I've now got it all hooked up to the lines, I'm waiting on my helper so I can get it primed and running. Fingers crossed. :-)

          • smokenoob
            smokenoob commented
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            helper, watch the connection while I go turn it on.......heh heh heh.....

          #12
          I am deeply impressed! It looks like clamp heaven! What’s next?

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            #13
            It looks like the flux capacitor is installed backwards.

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              #14
              You missed a clamp on the tee fitting....that or you used up every available one in the Province. ;-)

              So, if you don't mind me asking, what's with the short piece of tubing on the pump inlet? Seems to me you could save one coupling, four clamps, and two potential leak points if you just clamp directly to the pump.

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              • pkadare
                pkadare commented
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                The store doesn't stock a 1" male threaded to /1 1/2" female coupling so I need to go 1" male/1 1/4" female to 1 1/4" pipe then 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" coupler to the 1 1/2" pipe. Should have seen me in the hardware store trying to figure this all out in my head. I really would have better to draw it all out on paper before I left. :-)

              #15
              Good news and bad news. The good news is that we now have water being pumped from the lake for lawns and gardens, yay me! The bad news is that all of my improvisation was for naught. As I was standing in the lake with a hose connected to our well system to fill up the intake line and to prime the pump, it dawned on me that the new pump I bought does not have a pressure switch so connecting the pump to the pressure tank I already had was an exercise in futility. I did recover by connecting the flex hose in the picture to the last adapter before the line that goes to the outdoor taps. Oh well, my lovely wife has been plugging and unplugging the old pump for years, so no change there. :-)

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              • ComfortablyNumb
                ComfortablyNumb commented
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                You could get the proper fittings, pipe, and a pressure switch. But if you do, you have to keep enough sprinklers running to keep the pump from cycling, which is the number one killer of pumps. Unless you add a cycle stop valve, which I have on my domestic well. I don't use that one for irrigating, but it keeps the pump from cycling when showering, doing laundry, etc. But even if you don't bother, at least plug the pump into a switched outlet so that your lovely wife only has to flip a switch.

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