I just bought a "Sump Buddy" by Bur-Cam [in Quebec Tel:(514)337-4415 ]
from Home Depot for $99 USD. HD doesn't have it on their website,
but I found it in 2 different [upstate NY] HDs.
It is made of mostly plastic, with brass fittings and rubber parts.
[2 yr warranty]
If I'm reading the Basement Buddy specs right, the Sump-Buddy is
making a slightly lower GPH claim.
I *Think* the Basement Buddy is saying that at 5' of head it
discharges a total of 1000GPH including the 300 gallons of water it
uses to run. [700 GPH sump water -- that's a major problem, eh?]
The Bur-Cam Sump-Buddy claims 600GPH at 5' of head. I think at
either rate you should be looking for sandbags, not a sump pump.
My local water is very hard & has lots of chlorine. I'm just
guessing, but I think plastic will last longer in it than brass.
[OTOH, if I'm lucky, this thing will just sit in my basement sump hole
for 20 yrs and never have any city water pumped through it.]
They are using a deep well jet pump j-body, and controlling flow with a
float switch that controls a normally open solenoid valve. A pump guy, well
driller or pump supply house has all the parts.
Quality Water Associates
Gary Slusser's Bulletin Board www.qualitywaterassociates.com/phpBB2/
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