Need to replace the pump.
Problem is that the distance between the pump basket where the inflow side screws into the basket is very short. Too short to cut and reconnect with a coupler – there isn’t enough distance/length to fully engage the coupler after it’s cut. It is only 2 ¼ inches from the outside of the T water line connector to the side of the basket
So it looks like if I can:
• somehow unscrew the pump unit from the screwed in coupler at the basket by turning the entire pump counterclockwise and then screwing on the new pump ( don’t know if I even have clearance to do that.
• cut the 3 leads coming up from the ground and then re-coupling them after the new pump is positioned.
• The third alternative I see is if there is a way to break free the bond/glue at the screw-in coupler at the basket from the water line pipe coming to the basket itself. I am hesitant to do this because if something snaps at the T splitter I will have to replace all the valves since they too were installed very close with little to no room to re-couple. Not sure if it would simply break free or start to twist everything.