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Old 07-15-2017, 12:29 PM
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Woke up to no water at 5 am. Sleepily went out to the well and checked the easy stuff, no joy. Opened up the shop and brought out a multi meter, power at the meter, non at the motor. The switch is in demand, only there is power to the input contacts, but non to the output side. I did notice a bunch of tiny ants crawling over the pressure switch. I jumped the contacts and the pump came on.

It appears the ants had been crawling all over the points when the switch tripped. It also appears that ants are not conductive.

I must consider myself luck though, as this is not the first bug to cause Andrew issue. The last one was a single bug that only blocked one set of points. It allowed a single leg to go to the motor burning it out.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:32 PM
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I have found that when I spray down an electric fix with WD40 it seems to act as a bug deternent.
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Old 07-15-2017, 03:46 PM
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I have found that when I spray down an electric fix with WD40 it seems to act as a bug deternent.
I sprayed my pump pressure switch once with WD40 and the next time the pump cycled the switch caught fire and destroyed itself.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:12 PM
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I sprayed my pump pressure switch once with WD40 and the next time the pump cycled the switch caught fire and destroyed itself.
But did it keep the bugs out?
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:44 AM
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I know I've warned before about little ants. Of course, ours were fire ants, but ants is ants.

Had A/C issues bad two summers in a row--both times ants had found their way into the compressor housing and were eating the insulation off the wires. First year, the repair company swapped out the entire unit. Next year, the technician fixed the affected wires and installed a solution. Cattle ear tags with insecticide. He hung a couple inside the cage, near the wires but out of the way. Kept the little buggers out just fine and we've never had the issue again.

We swap them out occasionally, and hang more anywhere there's activity near the house to keep them out. Since it's a manufactured home and sits 3' up in the air, there's lots of places to hang them underneath.
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Old 07-16-2017, 08:54 AM
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No way to seal the pressure switch?
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Old 07-16-2017, 02:08 PM
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I would run a bead of silicone around the cover and holes.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:00 PM
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Down here in the tropics our Aussie ants are more helpful.

In my backyard shed I have geckos that crawl inside the light and power outlet enclosures and then trip the breaker switches.

Give it a few hours and the ants turn up and take the bodies away. Much easier
than opening all the boxes on the circuit to find and remove said geckos.

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Old 07-18-2017, 12:00 PM
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Seen more than 1 case where s snake has slithered into electronic equipment and fried itself. Damn things burn well. One site almost burned the entire building down. In my case it's lady bugs in the trailer heater. So many packed in there it wouldn't even light. Had to completely disassemble it and blow them out. Still stank like burnt lady bug for weeks. Sent from my iPhone using SFT
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