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    Automatic Cover Pump Recommendation

    We have a Viking fiberglass pool with a Coverstar automatic cover. We're getting ready to open the pool in a few weeks and need a new cover pump. Our old one was a Rule, and has run great in the almost 3 years that we've owned this house, but last fall, failed right before we closed the pool. We are not at the house full time, and we arrived to find almost 6" of water sitting on the cover.

    We're looking for an automatic cover pump that will keep the cover free of water. So far, we've seen 2 available on line that seem to be most similar to what we have - a Rule 1800 H53SP-24 or the Mighty Wizard K1011.

    Any recommendations as to the best automatic cover pump?

    Central Vermont
    Viking fiberglass in-ground pool, 13,700 gallons with Coverstar automatic cover
    Hayward MaxFloVS SP2303VSP pump with Pentair Rainbow Lifegard cartridge filter system
    Use a combo of BBB and pucks when we're away from home

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Automatic Cover Pump Recommendation

    I have both of those and like the Rule just a little better. It is strange that it comes on for a moment every few minutes, water or not, but I got used to it. The Rule is better at detecting water, the water level switch on the Mighty Wizard can get clogged and not come on. The base on the Rule is also better at letting water through when there is lots of debris that might clog the pump. The Mighty Wizard can get clogged much more easily and will then run forever without moving any water. On the other hand the Mighty Wizard seems to move more water.
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    Re: Automatic Cover Pump Recommendation

    I posted a rant about the rule pump in this thread...look at the end:

    That said, nothing is perfect, but if you get the rule make sure you can read the manufacture date on the side and be prepared to be without a pump for a solid month if you need a warranty replacement.
    Also a quick make sure the screws in the bottom are tight and bead of silicone around where the cord goes into the pump before you get it wet.

    I tore my old one apart and water had dripped into it from the top where the cord goes in and destroyed not only the logic board, but rusted the bearings in the motor (I was gonna hard wire it to be on when plugged in since I thought the logic board was dead, motor was shot too).
    I only had this pump for 5 months.

    Good luck with your purchase
    25k gal vinyl AquaRite T-15

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