- Jun 11, 2012
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- Water Valley, Alberta
- Hardiness Zone
"Mitch, I used to live in Grand Centre (near Cold Lake AFB). Is that near to you? Hard times out there now, from the economic data I've seen. Growing number of delinquency rates on mortgages, personal loans, etc. The Saudis are putting us out of the oil business, it would seem.
As to the pond breathers, they work great, easy to install, etc. They are, however, a bit of a pain to clean come Spring. I've had good luck using a variety of bottle brush sizes. The pump cage needs to be opened to allow for the cleaning of the pump itself, not a big deal. I've customized mine somewhat by putting a zip-tie on the hose/hose barb and using zip ties to secure the heating line to the breather tube so that it's in physical contact with the transparent "breather".
Shortening the pump line was necessary in some instances where the pump "cage" was sitting on the bottom of the pond, creating the hazard of leaves being drawn onto the "cage" surface, decreasing the pump efficiency. It doesn't seem that it would be an easy task to replace the original breather pump, should it croak, as there is a rather strange electrical connection that doesn't look to be alterable in the event of a pump failure.
The only ice I've seen here so far this December (north of Toronto), are the cubes in my Gin & Tonic. That's how I like my ice. Doubling the amount of Gin in drinks mitigates the possibility of contaminated ice in the Dominican. That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it. Cross my eyes.
I'm about 1-1/2 hours northwest of Calgary, so Grand Centre would be about 6 hours northeast of me.
For cleaning the breathers, all I've done is hose them off in the spring, that's it. I did have to take the cap off one of them to re attach the water line in the top heated breather tube. Otherwise, pretty trouble free.
I'm pretty sure that the pump is DC voltage, so that black box is probably a voltage converter.
It's probably cheaper to replace the whole breather instead of just the pump. I doubt you could find a replacement pump anyways