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Old 04-08-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Especially if their taps are on the floor above the kegerator. I have my kegerator in the basement, and my taps are about 8 ft above, in the kitchen. I ran a loop of 1/4 OD copper line, along with my beer lines, insulated in a bundle, inside 2 inch PVC. My problem is that I can't find a pond pump that will pump the water all the way up to the taps. I bought a $20 on and a $40, and i doesn't seem like the more expensive one is any better. So if anyone is using a pond pump in a similar application, what size pump did you get? Where did you get it, and how much was it? I'd like something that is small enough to not require a giant bucket of water in my fridge, if possible. Any help or input is appreciated. I'm sick of foamy first pours, and I've only had my taps for 2 days!!!

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Old 04-08-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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Its gonna take more than a $40 pump to clear 8 feet of head. I can't tell you much more than that, but I spent $60 on a pump just to clear 5 feet head and still have enough flow rate.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:15 PM   #3
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You need a fountain pump, not a pond pump. The WT470 can handle an 8' lift, $35.
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