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Break its limbs

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One popular method of
ensuring this type of death
is to impress heavy piping
loads on suction and
discharge nozzles or just
dont take expansion
coefficients into
consideration.
10 ways to murder a pump
Fry it

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Operating the pump at shut
off for a long time with the
by-pass line closed is good
for ensuring no precious
fluid goes to waste.
However all the power goes
to heat which, as there is no
fluid flow to take it away,
stays in the pump. Not a
nice way to go!
10 ways to murder a pump
Drown it

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For a pump fitted with a
gland packing and a drain
in the bearing bracket for
gland leakage, inflicting
severe pain or even death
is easy. Simply plugging of
the drain with a cigarette
end or similar will
guarantee that liquid
leaking from the gland
packing will collect nicely in
the bearing bracket!
Simple!
10 ways to murder a pump
Overwork it

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Many pumps are designed
to operate intermittently.
One popular method of
ensuring the pump goes to
an early grave is to ignore
manufacturers
recommendations and work
it round the clock, seven
days a week.
10 ways to murder a pump
Stab it

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If the pump is made of metal
then nothing can harm it. So
why not remove the suction
strainers - they only clog up
anyway. This allows grit,
sand and scale to erode the
pump internals - death in no
time.
10 ways to murder a pump
Poison it

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The internals of each pump
are often designed for use
with specific chemicals or
fluids. Changing that fluid to
some other non specified
fluid is one way of
guaranteeing a premature
death!
10 ways to murder a pump
Shake it to pieces

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Installing a pump with motor
and pump shafts misaligned
or alternatively by installing
a flimsy foundation ensures
a slower death than most
but nonetheless effective!
10 ways to murder a pump
Starve it

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Some pumps have been
known to seize up after only
a short working life. The
reason? Failure to oil or
grease the bearings.
10 ways to murder a pump
Choke it

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The pump breathes liquid into
its suction nozzle but for instant
death there are many ways of
ensuring the NPSH available is
less than that required by the
pump. One of the most popular
ways is when pumping out a
sump - simple lowering of the
water level below the pump
ensures your pump a one way
ticket to nowhere!
10 ways to murder a pump
Neglect medical check-ups

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Servicing? The pumps made of
metal it will last forever. Or will
it? Failure to carry out
recommended servicing
particularly of pickings, gaskets
and O-rings is the final way of
ensuring further damage and
eventually premature death.
10 ways to murder a pump