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[Shop-talk] the pool PUMP is out

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Subject: [Shop-talk] the pool PUMP is out
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 19:01:12 +0000 (UTC)
And I cannot work on the Triumph until the wife and kid can swim again... 

For the past few weeks the main pool pump has hummed a little bit when I turned 
it on, before it actually began pumping water. So, I'd flip the switch, it'd 
go, "mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm" for three or four seconds, and then the actual 
impeller would start turning, water flows, etc. I assume it was the electric 
motor humming. No, it was definitely the motor humming. 

Last night it hummed for three or four seconds, then stopped. Now it does 

The breaker is not flipped. That exhausts my troubleshooting ability for this 

However, I have tools enough to wire an addition to a house and tear down and 
rebuild automotive engines. Can any of the EEs here perhaps start me on the way 
to diagnosing this before I either: 

1) buy a new pump for $600, or, 
2) backfill the huge p.i.t.a. the pool has become and send the wife and kids to 
the municipal pool. 

I'd imagine I should start soon, before the lack of water being pumped through 
the filter turns the pool green again. Any help appreciated. 

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