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System overhaul recommendations/advice
« on: November 03, 2023, 12:38:51 PM »
My current bladder tank is bad so I am in the beginning stages of overhauling my wellhouse. I am by no means versed in this subject but being on a tight budget I am going to tackle this project myself. I just want to make sure there are no tricks of the trade that I am missing.

I have a 1500 gal storage tank with a Myers Shallow Well Jet Pump 28 GPM 1 HP #HJ100S which then feeds the bad pressure tank at the moment.  After the bladder tank I have a 1" tee where one side feeds the house and the other 1" line feeds a irrigation line/hose bib.

My plan is to re-plumb the whole well house and install the PK1A PSIDE-KICK with the 70 psi 60/80 switch.  One question I had is, will the Myers pump build that much pressure?

The current system does not have any check valves of any sort, and we are still debating on whether or not to add inline filters.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Re: System overhaul recommendations/advice
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2023, 12:17:18 PM »
That pump builds a max pressure of 67 PSI.  That means the highest you can run the pressure switch is about 35/55 with the CSV set for a constant 45 PSI.  The constant 45 from the CSV will make it seem much stronger than when cycling on at 35 and off at 55. 

There must be a check valve.  It is probably on the suction line to the storage tank.  Filters cost you pressure.  Don't filter unless you have to.  You can do it.  The PK1A is easy to install.

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Re: System overhaul recommendations/advice
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2023, 09:45:02 AM »
Thank you Carey for sharing all of your priceless knowledge.  What pump would you recommend for this set up and would it be possible to go ahead and add the PK1A PSIDE-KICK with the 70 psi 60/80 switch and set it to accommodate the existing pump in preparation of upgrading to a bigger pump in the near future?  I am wanting to utilise the irrigation lines that were hear from the previous owners but with the current pressures it struggles.  I suspect they originally had a bigger pump to accommodate prior to the one installed now because they quit using the irrigation.

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Re: System overhaul recommendations/advice
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2023, 12:52:56 PM »
The highest pressure shallow well jet pump I know of is the J15S, which will build 83 PSI max and work with a 50/70 switch and a CSV setting of 65 PSI.  https://www.lockewell.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3_155_92&products_id=549

To get up to 60/80 with the CSV set for 70-75 PSI you will need a multi-stage centrifugal or a submersible.  Here is a multi-stage.  https://www.lockewell.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_3_86&products_id=1743

If you drop in a submersible you can use a pump like this for a fraction of the price.  https://www.ebay.com/p/18030648622

Any of them will work with CSV or the PK1A kit.  But to go 50/70 pressure or higher I would recommend the heavy duty pressure switch and the 10 gallon size tank.  Even with the heavy duty switch you can still turn it down as low as 30/50 if needed.   https://cyclestopvalves.com/pages/pk1a-pside-kick
« Last Edit: November 06, 2023, 01:02:17 PM by Cary Austin »