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Old 05-02-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

Just ordered my 46gal Blackwater, 32gal Greywater w/ end drains, and a 42gal Freshwater Tank. A Flojet 5143 @ 4.5+GPM and a 2 Gal Accumulator, along with a 12-Port Manifold with Valves... I think I found the best prices for what I want to do.

I think it will be fairly easy but...

Where did you guys mount your Water Pump? Inside or Outside?


177717 FLOJET5143
FloJet Premium Plus Automatic Water System Pump, For Use
With 6 Or More Fixtures, Provides High Pressure To All
Fixtures,Includes 6 Plug In Ports For Easy Installation: Two 1/2"
14 straight pipe thread ports, Two 3/4" hose barb ports, and
Two 3/4" garden hose ports, Flow Rate Over 4.5 GPM, Shutoff
Pressure 40 PSI, 6 Amps Max Draw, Includes Optional Strainer,
Overall Size 9.9" Long x 6.3" Wide x 3.75" Tall, FOR USE WITH
1-5 GALLON ACCUMULATOR TANK (SEE BELOW)
1 $189.00

07952 12 Port Manifold With Valves
12 Port Manifold With Valves, A multiple port Manifold system
includes two manifolds that work like central hubs permitting
quick, easy access to the hot water heater and to the main
water meter for cold water supply. Dedicated PEX tubing runs
from ports on the manifold to each individual fixture.
333108 TANK108
1 $120.00

from ports on the manifold to each individual fixture.
333108 TANK108
46 Gallon Holding Tank - End Drain, Overall Size 54" Long x 31
1/2" Wide x 6 1/2" Deep, For Use As Greywater Or Blackwater
Tank, Includes One 3" Fitting And One 1 1/2" Fitting, Additional
Fittings Can Be Purchased Above, Tank Comes With Level
Probes Already Installed, In Stock For Immediate Shipment
1 $199.00

333109 TANK109
32 Gallon Holding Tank - End Drain, Overall Size 54" Long x 22
1/2" Wide x 9" Deep, For Use As Greywater Or Blackwater
Tank, Includes One 3" Fitting And One 1 1/2" Fitting, Additional
Fittings Can Be Purchased Above, Tank Comes With Level
Probes Already Installed, In Stock For Immediate Shipment
1 $145.00

881005 WATERTANK42
42 Gallon Fresh Water Tank, Overall Size 39 x 18 x 14, Features
4 Fittings As Shown Above
1 $86.95

177720 ACTANK1881
2 Gallon Pre-Pressurized Bladder Style Accumulator Tank, For
Larger Water Systems, Will smooth flow from faucets and
shower, reducing pump cycling and eliminating pulsation and
water hammer, Water is totally separated from air chamber and
metal tank by a bladder and polypropylene tank liner, Includes
Tank Fittings, Overall Size 8"D x 12.625"H
1 $229.00
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

Water pump goes inside for us ALWAYS. But we fulltime and end up in freezing weather. Even an overnight freeze is not healthy for a pump. Don't forget to add in a sediment filter to keep your pump safe.
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

Most mfg's say "for use over 40 degrees--therefore inside. If you want truly quiet operation, spring mount your pump so it does not touch anything else. The springs absorb all the pump vibration that we usually hear.
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

bring your water line in somewhere that it can be kept warm and keep your lines and pump away from the outside walls to avoid freezing.
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

you can also use waterbed heaters to keep the holding tanks warmer than freezing...
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

I put all plumbing inside except for the greywater tank. All pipe is 1/2" PEX tubing, for both hot & cold water, with "Flair-It" fittings, Ts, elbows, etc. The water heater is right under the kitchen sink, and only a few feet from the shower fixtures. This minimizes the cold water "slug" that is in the hot water pipes between the heater and the faucet. About 4 cups of cold water comes out of the tap before the hot water gets there. And I capture the slug of cold water and pour it into a water filter that is next to the sink. Anal? Sure, maybe.

Something that may be obvious to everyone else, but I only thought about after the fact, was how I plumbed the outgoing water line in the fresh water tank. The way I did it was to have it stub in from the bottom of the tank, with the end of the pipe protruding into the tank about 2 inches. What I should have done is have it go in from the top and protrude down into the tank, with 2 inches of clearance from the bottom, so it sucks water out like a soda straw. I think the two inches of clearance is important so any sediment can settle in the bottom of the tank and not get drawn into the pipe. But if your pump can handle it, having the pipe go in from the top eliminates having a penetration on the bottom of the tank. One less thing to worry about.
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

I live in Houston, TX... freezing isn't a big concern but the Pump is going inside regardless. Thanks for the tips!
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Re: Plumbing... on the way~! How hard was it to do???

its is also a good idea to have a removeable screen at the outlet of the fresh water tank..
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its is also a good idea to have a removeable screen at the outlet of the fresh water tank..

For filtering?

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