Introduction

Follow this guide to access the foot valve of a Tara pump. You can then replace or repair the valve, as needed.

Tools

No tools required.

Parts

No parts required.

Image 1/1: Use a Tara tool to loosen the jam nuts on either side of the pump.
  • Before performing any repairs, perform a water test on the pump by raising and lowering the handle a full 40 strokes. A properly performing pump will yield greater than 10 liters.

  • Use a Tara tool to loosen the jam nuts on either side of the pump.

  • The bolts do not need to be loosened or removed, only the nuts need to be loosened.

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Image 1/3: The bolts do not need to be removed from the base. Image 2/3: The bolts do not need to be removed from the base. Image 3/3: The bolts do not need to be removed from the base.
  • Unscrew the lock bolts about half an inch.

    • The bolts do not need to be removed from the base.

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Image 1/2: If the bushing doesn't come up, loosen the lock bolts further. Image 2/2: If the bushing doesn't come up, loosen the lock bolts further.
  • Pull the plastic bushing and handle straight up out of the pump.

    • If the bushing doesn't come up, loosen the lock bolts further.

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  • Lift up the handle and riser main until the joint between the two is at a comfortable height to work on.

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  • Loosen the jam nut beneath the pump handle using the Tara tool.

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Image 1/2: Make sure someone is tightly holding the lower portion of the riser main to prevent losing it down the well. Image 2/2: Make sure someone is tightly holding the lower portion of the riser main to prevent losing it down the well.
  • Unscrew the pump handle from the top of the riser main.

  • Make sure someone is tightly holding the lower portion of the riser main to prevent losing it down the well.

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  • Lift and remove the handle from the pump. Store the handle in a sanitary place to prevent contamination.

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  • Screw the T-handle onto the top of the riser main.

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  • Tighten the jam nut up against the base of the T-handle.

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  • Use the T-handle to push the riser main back down into the well.

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Image 1/3: This will hook the foot valve onto the traveling valve, allowing you to pull the two out of the well together. Image 2/3: You should feel some resistance if the foot valve is successfully attached. Image 3/3: You should feel some resistance if the foot valve is successfully attached.
  • Once the riser main hits the bottom, turn the T-handle while pushing down.

  • This will hook the foot valve onto the traveling valve, allowing you to pull the two out of the well together.

  • You should feel some resistance if the foot valve is successfully attached.

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Image 1/2: Take care to pull up slowly to ensure the foot valve does not get released from the hook at the end of the riser main. Image 2/2: Take care to pull up slowly to ensure the foot valve does not get released from the hook at the end of the riser main.
  • Use the T-handle to pull the riser main straight up out of the well.

  • Take care to pull up slowly to ensure the foot valve does not get released from the hook at the end of the riser main.

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Image 1/2: Pull the riser main until the base of the T-handle is at a comfortable height to work on. Image 2/2: Pull the riser main until the base of the T-handle is at a comfortable height to work on.
  • Continue pulling the riser main up from the well.

  • Pull the riser main until the base of the T-handle is at a comfortable height to work on.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the T-handle from the top of the riser main. Image 2/3: Remove the T-handle, making sure to hold the remaining end of the riser main to prevent dropping it down the well. Image 3/3: Remove the T-handle, making sure to hold the remaining end of the riser main to prevent dropping it down the well.
  • Loosen the jam nut from the base of the T-handle.

  • Unscrew the T-handle from the top of the riser main.

  • Remove the T-handle, making sure to hold the remaining end of the riser main to prevent dropping it down the well.

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  • Continue to pull the riser main out of the well.

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Image 1/3: Lift the joint up to a comfortable working height. Image 2/3: Lift the joint up to a comfortable working height. Image 3/3: Lift the joint up to a comfortable working height.
  • Keep pulling until the first joint is exposed.

  • Lift the joint up to a comfortable working height.

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Image 1/3: Unscrew the top section of the riser main. Image 2/3: Make sure someone is holding the remaining section of the riser main. Image 3/3: Make sure someone is holding the remaining section of the riser main.
  • Use two wrenches to loosen the top section of riser main from the lower section.

  • Unscrew the top section of the riser main.

  • Make sure someone is holding the remaining section of the riser main.

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  • Remove the top section of the riser main.

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Image 1/1: Repeat the previous procedure to remove the remaining sections of the riser main from the well.
  • Lay the first section of riser main in a sanitary place to prevent contamination.

  • Repeat the previous procedure to remove the remaining sections of the riser main from the well.

  • Lay each new piece in the order it was removed to aid in reassembly.

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Image 1/3: Be careful not to allow the foot valve to release from the hook by pulling slowly on the riser main. Image 2/3: Be careful not to allow the foot valve to release from the hook by pulling slowly on the riser main. Image 3/3: Be careful not to allow the foot valve to release from the hook by pulling slowly on the riser main.
  • The last section of riser main will have the traveling valve screwed on to the end, and the foot valve hooked onto the traveling valve.

  • Be careful not to allow the foot valve to release from the hook by pulling slowly on the riser main.

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  • Lift and twist the foot valve to unhook it from the traveling valve.

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  • Once the riser main and valves have been removed from the well, place a rag over the top to prevent accidentally dropping anything down the well.

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  • Inspect the foot valve for signs of wear or damage.

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  • When reassembling the pump, drop the foot valve down the well in the proper orientation, and follow the directions in reverse.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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