The photo is my current pumping station.
I just purchased a new Pentair IntelliFlo variable speed pump to replace my old Hayward RS 1.5hp pump. My current pump is starting to lag when turning on, so I wanted to use this for a reason to upgrade to a more efficient pump. So, since I will be installing a new $$$ costly pump, I also want to build some sort of cover/shed/awning over the pumping station. What you see in the photo is pretty much what it looked like 9.5 years ago when I moved in. This is the South facing wall of the house and gets direct sun for the majority of the day, except for the early morning and late evening hours. Add to that the fact that where I live, in the 92307 zip code area, it gets very hot during the summer. Sometimes up around 110F. So, I want to build something to protect my new investment. I am also thinking about replacing the filter in the near furture too.
So, my thoughts are:
1) the main purpose is protection from the sun
2) I am disinclined to attach it to the house, but I might budge on this
3) it doesn't *have* to be water tight
4) it needs to be very sturdy to withstand the high winds we sometimes get
5) there must be enough room on one side to get equipment in and out for maintenance and/or repair
6) the roof has to be above the electric meter, otherwise it will be difficult to get to the breaker panel
Is there anything else I need to consider in the design and build of this cover? I'm thinking of four, treated, fence posts at the corners. Cut off the two outside posts for about a 10 degree slant of the roof. Maybe corragated fiberglass for the roof. And maybe on the sides too. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something to protect the equipment from the sun.
Any thought or suggestions?
Has anybody else done anything like this?