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  1. #1
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    Default Antique hand water pump question

    I have an old water pump in my garden, and from all appearances is a real live working pump . The make on it is BT, and I think the number 10. It's fairly tall as well.
    Now, I grew up familiar with a shorter hand pump that we had to prime by pouring water in the top and holding my hand over the spout in order to get pressure and make it draw; it had leathers on the inside that needed changing occasionally.
    Is anybody familiar with this taller kind of pump and how I can get it running again? When I tried to prime it it sounded like it was making a sincere effort to draw water but that air was still getting through so I couldn't prime it.
    My DSO thinks there might be valves or a flapper down at water level. We're on town water, so being able to use pump water for my flower beds and my garden would be awesome!
    Thanks!
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    It will need new leathers as well - hand pumps all have the same 'guts' with variances in size. Make sure the pipe is long enough, and if it is, change leathers, prime, and see what happens. I remember helping change leathers on the well pump, a large hand style pump that ran on a stationary engine that was horrible to start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_pacer View Post
    It will need new leathers as well - hand pumps all have the same 'guts' with variances in size. Make sure the pipe is long enough, and if it is, change leathers, prime, and see what happens. I remember helping change leathers on the well pump, a large hand style pump that ran on a stationary engine that was horrible to start.
    Thanks, SK! We used to get them at Home Hardware, I think, but not sure where to get them now. When we raised it we stopped when we had about 6' of pipe with more to go - hence our hope it is good!
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    I think HH still carries them. So does Peavey Mart (if you are in the west) and I think Canadian Tire. I got my last ones at HH if i recall, but couldnt get the danged pump back together, because one of the lift rods was rusted througn and too much work to fix; I dont know WHY it was put into a corner where you have to curl up and work in such an awkward position, but it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_pacer View Post
    I think HH still carries them. So does Peavey Mart (if you are in the west) and I think Canadian Tire. I got my last ones at HH if i recall, but couldnt get the danged pump back together, because one of the lift rods was rusted througn and too much work to fix; I dont know WHY it was put into a corner where you have to curl up and work in such an awkward position, but it was.
    Does this help you, SK? http://www.plumbingsupply.com/handpump.html
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    I can get another pump at assorted hardware stores here but I really have no desire to lie on concrete with my head stuffed into a dark corner. Need to get the offending cistern cleaned and then want to punch a hole and have close to 6000 gallons on the pressure system than 4500. Greedy me!!!LOL
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