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Friday, May 13th 2016, 4:18pm

I want to hook up a timer to my centrifugal pump...HELP!

I have a 2hp centrifugal pump sitting on my dock that pulls water from
about 50ft out in the lake and pumps it out through about 30ft of 1 1/2
pvc to a hose spigot from which I run 3 heads off of water hoses. (one
of these years I will actually put in the rest of the irrigation
system). I simply move the heads around as I water.

The pump is wired off a set of breakers in the breaker box on the dock. To turn the
pump off and on, I have to walk down to the dock and flip the breakers. I
am wanting to put it on a timer so it comes off and turns on
automatically. An option to control the timer from my cell phone via
wi-fi would be awesome too.

There are no valves...the discharge goes straight to a hose spigot and to the hose...

Can a timer be hooked up? What is needed? How big a job is it?


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Friday, May 13th 2016, 6:44pm

Instead of a controller and a pump relay (also required) consider a pressure switch and small pressure tank, and a constant run valve. That method has the advantage of no additional wiring to be run.


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Friday, May 13th 2016, 8:21pm

(I finally remembered my password)

Wouldn't I still have to turn the pump off and on at the breaker box?

Hopefully in the next year I can start on the rest of the system, probably one zone at a time so I figure I may as well go with the controller and whatever else is needed.


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Friday, May 13th 2016, 8:43pm

The pressure switch turns off the pump. All you do draw water as you wish.

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