lid for sump pump


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Old 09-19-18, 02:23 PM
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lid for sump pump



Sorry for the huge image....I am terrible with posting photos....This is the cover for the sump pump in my yard. We seldom need to take the cover off, luckily because it is sooo hard to get off and on. It just doesn't fit perfectly, not sure if it ever did? We have to use crowbars and hammers every time. Any suggestions? I was thinking of cutting a few slits in the top lip of the barrel? It is a firm, hard, plastic....????? I did cut back the dirt/grass around the top lip of the barrel but that didn't seem to make any difference.
 
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Old 09-19-18, 04:55 PM
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It looks like it turns to lock and unlock. Have you tried that ?
 
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Old 09-19-18, 06:57 PM
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Yes, I don't think it ever really "turned" to lock or unlock. Once you are able to get it out, using a crowbar. You can't even get the lid onto, or into, the lip so you can turn, unlock, lock it. It won't easily fit past the "first" level of the top of the barrel. If we do manage to get it in we just bang it in. It doesn't turn.
 
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Old 09-19-18, 07:00 PM
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Well....I guess it might turn IF we could get it in. But usually we are so happy to just get it back in we don't try turning it.
 
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Old 09-19-18, 07:16 PM
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I would assume that the soil around the basin has compacted the sump basin into a slight oval. Removing some soil to a depth of 12" or so, then replacing the lid (clean and wax the plastic rim and lid... it should fit better and should turn) and then replacing some of the surrounding soil with sand or gravel might help.

And you could always drill a couple holes in the lid and then put a rope through the holes to make yourself a handle.
 
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Old 09-20-18, 08:12 AM
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Thanks, I was assuming the soil had compacted the basin. I will try that. I understand "cleaning' the lid and rim...but what kind of "wax" do you mean?
 
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Old 09-20-18, 11:12 AM
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Car wax, floor wax, paste wax, furniture polish, even silicone spray. Anything to make the plastic surfaces slick and clean. (No oils)
 
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Old 09-21-18, 04:42 PM
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Thanks so much XSleeper. It is 90% better. Still not clear to me why, how, or if, the "lock" "unlock" as the arrows on the lid show, works? We've probably banged up the lip of the barrel so much that might not work as planned. But I got the lid on without too much trouble. The lid is in place the best I've seen it in years and wasn't too hard to do.

I will get the replacement sump pump next Thursday, so I will "fiddle" with the lid more after I put the new pump in.

Even if it is not 100%....I am very happy with 90%.

I live in California, I go from...we will have a wet winter/spring and will be glad all is working well....to we will have a drought year so all that trouble for nothing!.

Thanks again
 
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Old 09-21-18, 05:10 PM
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That's good news. What I meant by the two holes and rope is to run the rope through 2 holes you drill... (big thick rope) Then tie a knot in the rope on each side... leaving you with some slack in the rope to use as a handle. That might allow you to pop it up without any prying (or cursing). LOL
 
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Old 09-22-18, 07:25 AM
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Yeah....I'm hoping, (I'm sure ), the interventions you suggested have made the ropes not necessary, but it is an option.
 
 

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