Priming a lawn irrigation pump from pond

Old 05-21-21, 05:06 PM
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Priming a lawn irrigation pump from pond

I'm sorry for the newbie question but I my dad passed away a few years ago and I'm trying to help my mom out. She usually calls a lawn sprinkler company to start her sprinkler pump every year but I thought maybe I could save her a few bucks and ask the forum. My dad never told me how the thing works. She gets water from her pond via the pump seen and I believe it has to be primed but I wasn't sure. Is it as easy as unscrewing the top part of the pump and putting clean water in it until the hose to the water source is filled and then plugging the unit in? I believe the intake is in the lake with a filter.
Her rainbird controller is in the basement and I wasn't sure when to activate that or plug that in. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

Old 05-22-21, 04:38 AM
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Yes, you should be able to remove the plug on top and pour in water to prime it. Make sure the output valve is open like it is in your photo. Reinstall and tighten the plug so it's air & water tight. Then turn the pump on. If you can completely fill the pump and intake hose with water it will prime faster but if the pump is in good enough shape simply filling he pump housing is enough though it takes longer for it to prime. If it doesn't prime with 2 minutes running I would turn the pump off and add more water.
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