12-19-2010 11:48 AM
Hi dongeo, ChrisFixit here with some steps to hopefully make this project a breeze to complete. I had to do some research but replacing the tank seems to be a fairly painless process. You'll need a few tools to get it done but nothing too extravagant.
- pipe wrench (possibly two)
- adjustable wrench
- short length of hose
- teflon tape
- P B blaster (penetrating catalyst)
Turn off water supply and circuit breaker for the pump.
- Tip: completely remove the breaker
- Tip: Outer wires for supply lines. Inner wires go the pump.
- Tip: two wrenches may be needed to work loose union fittings.
- Tip: while separating pipes hold them upright to help prevent the tipping over of the tank.
- Tip: "tip-roll-walk" trust me save your back.
- Tip: there are quite a few pipes to disconnect, keep a placement log by sketching or photographing connections to make reassembly easier.
- Tip: when teflon taping the pressure switch and gauge make sure to wrap "with" the direction of the turn. This will prevent the teflon tape from tearing during tightening.
- Tip: during installation of the new pump some pipes and fittings may need to be altered. Head off any potential problems by either trying to find a tank of similar size or placing new tank into position before making any connections to check for fit.
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