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I tried my Rule 1800 cover pump to get the spring water off. I plugged it in and it tripped the switch on the outlet. I reset and it ran for about 2 seconds and then quit. I waited a few minutes and tried again - the exact same result. Any suggestions?

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I assume the device being tripped is a GFCI -- the pump has a short to ground. Most practical solution is to replace the pump. Don't try to run it from an un-protected outlet (no GFCI) -- it's dangerous.


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