Question about Little Giant 6 Cia, 1/3 Hp, 45 Gpm, 230V Automatic Submersible Sump Pump, 8' Power Cord

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When i **** air through the air breather tube the pump starts pumping water. I pull the pump out of the water put it back in the water and it will not start automaticallly. I **** on the tube and it starts pumping again. I tried shop vacuming the air breather tube but it still does not work. It is brand new and the first time I used it.Please reply as I have to manually start the pump every hour so i do not overflow my sump pump hole and it is hard to get any sleep.

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  • bkmayi May 26, 2011

    The hole is 7 inches. I have another little giant working in a 3 inch hole right now. i put it in a pail with water 8 inches over the whole little giant and it still wont work. i took it apart and the switch seems real stiff so i do not believe water can put enough pressure to close it. I am going to try wd 40 on it.


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That pump is set to start when you get between 7 and 10 inches of water in the hole and shut off between 1 and 4 inches...
How deep is your hole???
You may have to try and make the hole deeper....there is also no way to adjust them...

Personally I will not install any pump with a pressure activated switch... too many problems...I only install pumps with a vertical float switch, they seem to work the best...


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    D. Floyd Kolb May 26, 2011

    You are probably right and the switch is too stiff to activate...and... they are all a bit different. That's why I like the vertical floats... they always start and stop the same... the only problem with them is that they can get a stick or other debris under them and hold them on...

    Usually I place them in a bucket with holes drilled in it to keep the debris from the pump...


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