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How to Install the High Lifter Water Pump

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This “No Power Water Pump” can be set up easily with a few simple tools and procedures.  
  1. Consult the Output Chart to determine how much Fall you will need to produce the Net Lift you need to pump to your tank. The Fall is how far below the water source the High Lifter needs to be. The Net Lift is how high above the water source your tank is. The source pipe needs to be set up so it gravity feeds to the High Lifter. It cannot suck water out of a stream or pond. See the Layout Diagram below.
  2. Make a guess about where the best pump location might be that will give you the Fall you need. Lay out a temporary pipe from the water source to the pump location, install a pressure gauge on the end, and measure the water pressure. Multiply the pressure  by 2.3 to get the Fall in feet. Example: If the gauge reads 33 lbs, you multiply by 2.3 to get 76 feet of Fall, You may have to adjust the pump location up or down the hill until the pressure reading on the pipe gives you the Fall you need as shown in the Output Chart. It’s Ok to give the pump more input pressure than needed, as long as you don’t exceed 60 lbs. The only problem with that is that the pump will run faster than it needs to, possibly pumping more water than you need. You can also prolong the life of the pump by not running it faster than you need.
  3. In cold winter zones, to prevent freeze damage, plan on taking the pump out of service in the winter, or mount it in an insulated box, or even install it in a hole. As long as you can keep water running through the pump, you are ok.
  4. Consider installing a Settling Tank at your water source to remove sand that can wear out the High Lifter prematurely. See Page 4 for more details.
  5. For the permanent input pipe, a 3/4” pipe will generally be satisfactory,unless the run is more than 500 feet, or the input pressure is less than 20 lbs, in which case go with 1 inch. You can use black polyethylene pipe for this, the kind that comes in rolls. You will probably want to install a Ball Valve at the lower end. Use four clamps per connector to stop leaks and prevent the pipe from popping out of the fitting. Fill your source line and let the water run freely to purge air bubbles out of the line. Air trapped in the line can seriously reduce water pressure. Then shut off the water and check pressure with a gauge. You can use a gauge you buy at the hardware store, or you can use the gauge on the inlet filter if you put a hose cap on the other end of it.
  6. For the output pipe, a 1/2” pipe is standard for the pipe. You can use bigger diameter pipe if you like. Black poly works ok if the Total Lift (elevation difference between High Lifter and upper tank) is less than 230 feet. If it’s more than 230 feet, PVC “schedule 40 pipe is better able to resist high pressures. you should probably use PVC “schedule 80” pipe. Or use PVC for the lower part of the run and the less expensive black poly for the upper part.
  7. Connect this no power water pump with the input and output pipes as per the image below. New models come with pre-installed Hydraulic Hoses instead of plastic Output Tubes.
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3/4" Black Polyethylene Pipe Double-action pickle barrel settling tank Ball Valve, plastic fittings, hose clamps, teflon tape, and 5/16" nut driver for tightening clamps
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Use four hose clamps on connections to prevent pulling apart and leaks Reading 33 lbs on the input pressure gauge. 13 to 60 lbs is acceptable for the High Lifter Cutting tool fo pvc pipe
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 1/4" drive socket wrench with 5/16" socket, and black poly pipe cutting tool  Use WD40 on hose clamps so they don't get stuck or get stripped
Typical PVC Pipe Schedule 40 600psi
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Got that water pressure! 33 lbs on the inlet side converts to 190 lbs on the outlet side of this 9:1 ratio High Lifter. That means 430 feet of lift. A successful installation! input-and-output-gauges-showing-typical-pressure-readings.jpg Would 600 gallons per day do the job? water-flowing-out-of-pipe-pump-is-working.jpg


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