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Hope it Helps
on November 14, 2012
Given: installed for laundry discharge in basement...no gravity sewer. Installed with new thermoplastic floor-mount utility tub. Discharge to gravity sewer 8' linear feet directly above tub.
Please keep in mind, I am only writing this for the potential buyer and a few comments from post buyers.
I purchased this pump because other similar systems i.e. tray pumps require a vent, which I did not have nearby and did not want to install. This was the best option. Pump was installed not directly under tub, as shown on picture for two reasons: first, I thought its mass combined with intermittent torque would eventually crack the tub; secondly, a few posts said water was standing in bottom of tub--meaning not enough pressure at switch to discharge all in tub. So, what I did was installed the pump off to the side of the tub and attached to the concrete wall (easy access for repairs)...solved mass and water in tub issue. I also, install a union before and after pump for easy of removal. I installed check valve that comes with pump right out of pump discharge line, but also installed inline sump pump check valve (vertical) about 6" above pump the reduce back pressure on furnished valve (did not think furnished check valve would last). Supplied directions for adjusting cycling of pump was correct. Please note, furnished ball valve is almost completely shut to stop cycling, but does keep-up with laundry discharge (I also got a large enough basin for that reason after reading the posts and direction before purchase.) Also, directions are adamant about using a strainer to reduce debris going into the pump. But, being used for laundry, lint is always building up in the strainer and cycling occurs. So, to eliminate this issue, I purchased a waist height footless woman's pantyhose and tied the two legs together in a knot and attached the waist with plastic zip-tie around the laundry discharge hose; catches all lint and debris, but must change every now and then based upon load count. I figured I can do about 60 loads before changing. Also, buy at the dollar store or cheap ones. I hope this helps somebody make an educated decision on buying; so much crap on the market today and misleading posts. Oh, don't forget to install with a GFCI. If somebody needs, I can take a picture and post...Good luck!
12/30/15 update to the previous 11/14/12 review: I am rather taken back by this product and its manufacturer--First failure...pressure switch failed about 17 months after install. I replaced with an auto switch (not Bur-Cam); no problems with that switch as of today. First pump failed...electrical failure due to water penetration from failed seal about 25 months after install. I called Bur-Cam for potential replacement or pro-rate because it failed one month after warranty expired. Let's just say I ended up buying a new Bur-Cam pump w/o the pressure switch. Second pump only lasted one year with same failure. I WILL NOT REPLACE WITH ANY BUR-CAM PRODUCT!!! SORRY.\\
F.Y.I.: I have been in the construction industry for well over 30 years and have many trade connections. I had a plumber and electrician inspect install on both and it passed.