That's right and we all to often take it for granted...our lifeblood - water is a serious business
Now this is a must if you are going to play pump technician!I'm off to buy proper tools!
Great you got it working again and the bottom valve seems to be holding the water pillar for the pump.I'm pumping water again!
This is the downside of having a sump for the pump to sit in when doing fixes, unusual to have the pressure vessel down in the pit as well. This setup looks like it would need some serious tlc NC... By the looks of that old pressure switch its no wonder it gave up... You could use some help with getting this installation safe and secure for the future, looks can deceive and it could last years still but if you got leaks from just doing this to it probably needs some attention. Get an opinion from a plumber, its never fun when things break at the wrong time, like in the middle of winter.The result is that the movements made as I worked on it caused rust flakes to drop off from the underside of the shutoff valve (1). I can peel off rust from it with with my fingers, and it feels like I'm about to break the pipe. So now there's a leak where the valve connects to the pipe The leak rate is ca. one drop per second. It occurs to me that this is probably too much to hope that it gets plugged by mineral deposits from the inside(?) While I could take on the switch replacement, replacing that rats nest requires materials and tools that I don't have - I'll most likely need a professional to do that.
It looks more involved than it actually is, you have other capabilities than fixing plumbing I can guarantee this.It seems so complicated, I admire people who can fix things themselves
Problem with MacGyvering things is just what NC is experiencing now with a problem occurring in another place in the chain.
Damn you Murphy...