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    A blast from the past.

    Today, I got an email from my website. This system was installed in 1972. The emailer has a problem with a leaky backpressure control. He had a Plumber come out who put pipe dope on the adjustment bolt. That was a great fix. Duh? Of course it is still leaking.

    He said the pressure was less than it had been in the past. I explained that this could be because of a plugged well screen.

    This pump system is in Oxford, Michigan. An area I used to service before moving to Florida 25 years ago. He sent pictures of the pump and it's plumbing. If someone up there didn't copy my two inch concertric piping installs to the letter, I installed this system in 1972. Now that is a blast from the past. And the darned thing is still working. This sure takes a toll on repeat business.

    The pump is a Rapidayton which later became Tait which was bought out by Berkley, who was bought out by Sta-Rite who was swallowed up by Pentair. So needless to say, Rapidayton/Tait pumps are now no longer in existance.

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    Bob is that a multi stage pump? That is exactly like mine that I am trying to replace.

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    Yup Judge,

    That is a two stage Rapidayton. If that's what you had, you should go back with the same type pump.

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    But is it ok to go up to a bigger 1HP compared to the 1/2 HP rapid dayton pump that is there, without changing anything in the well. Did you ever do any work in Lapeer? Maybe this is your handy work.
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    I never got that far. Oxford was as far as I went and that was a long trip. I lived in Waterford and Union Lake area. The pic you saw was either one of mine or someone copied the way I hooked them up. I always used the two unions like you see and the pump was mounted on a concentric piping install which was code. In 1972 I had only been out of the Army for a year and thats what I was doing then.

    Yes you can go up to a 1hp with no problems. A pump can't overpump a well with a jet in it. The pump can only get what the well allows it to get.

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    Bob thanks for all your help with the information. Just one more if you don't mind, my well pipe comes thru the wall and the adapter is a 90 degree adapter. Just wondering how hard it is to get that old rapid dayton adapter off to put the new one on. Is there any leathers in this kind of adapter.
    Thanks again
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    Usually poly pipe is used. If you loosen the three or two bolts that hold the flange in place, you can pull it away from the two inch adaptor. You should see another adaptor inside the two inch. It should also be attached to poly. If you pull hard, it should come off. Problem is, it can come off at the pitless adaptor which could be a real problem.

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