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    Stupid idea maybe?

    Does anyone use a pump and float switch for their ponds overflow?

    My pond is sunken in the ground and donít have anyway to have a standard overflow. On my old 20+ year old moulded one the water level was a good 6Ē bellow ground level think I only ever had to bail it out 3-4 times. The new one the water level is about 1.5Ē from ground level so a lot less of a buffer.

    I have an idea to use a spare pump and a vertical float switch. Was going to add an elbow and a vertical length of pipe to the pump so it sucks water from about 6Ē from the surface so it wonít pump the pond dry should the switch fail.



    Do you think that is a doable idea? Just for peace of mind as the pond is at my mums and I know she wonít keep an eye on it as much as I would.



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    Look viable enough as long as the pipe is high enough like you say in case of failure, possibly put some sort of gauze on the end as well so no crap gets down there?

    Is there any reason you could just not run the water level lower to start with like your old set-up?

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    Because it would look aweful with a huge gap

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    Fair enough, i would go with your pump idea then.

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    Just need to find a decent vertical float switch lol

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    Just strip the one out the toilet and add a micro switch, sure that will be fine 😂

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    Quote Originally Posted by tome View Post
    Just strip the one out the toilet and add a micro switch, sure that will be fine Stupid idea maybe?
    Lol seen some little ones on eBay just need to find one that looks half decent

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    I put a float switch on my pumps which cut out when level drops by 6". last winter the top of my filter froze on top and bailed water out overnight so that's why I have fitted float

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    So I got my pipe fittings today and the end cap I recieved (not the one I ordered) doesnít sit in the end of the pipe. I believe the one I actually ordered was designed to. This one which is actually a better one I believe with a screw cap wonít fit the end of the pipe. Iím assuming Iím either being a retard or I need an extra part I donít have? If so what do I need and can I get it from a diy place as we only have a Maidenhead here and it stocks nowt. A tad annoyed as I wanted it done over the long weekend Stupid idea maybe?.

    Also is there a fish safe lube I can use on the thread of my pump? Bloody hard to do up lol

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    Is it a coupling I need?

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    Answered my own question ha

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    So my creation has worked.....

    https://youtu.be/WwenXWiWJvU

    Tested it out with a hot air gun attached because the pump isnít at my house obvs the same principle. I preferred to use one of these vertical float switches as they are more controlled and you loose less water by the time it switches off unlike a standard float switch. You have to use a relay in-line thatís what the click you can hear is.





    If anyone would be interested in instructions and or where to get the relay and switch etc let me know

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