FloJak is easy to operate. Raise the handle to a comfortable height, and pump up and down. We designed the pressure stroke (that lifts water from your well) as the "down-stroke." This makes the pumping much easier by using your body weight to push down.The down-force required to lift water 100 feet is just over 40 lbs.
The threaded side of the tee-handle is where water will exit when pumping. The threads are for standard hose ends. You may attach a water hose, a filler hose, or, in a pinch, use the hose from the back of your washing machine. In freezing conditions, you cannot leave the FloJak attached to a water hose.
The pump comes equipped with a ball valve. This allows you to maintain a "prime" in the hose if you are pumping uphill. This feature can only be used in warmer weather. When the ball valve is open, the pump system is designed to bleed down, dropping the water in the pump handle to a safe level below the frost line inside your well. In warmer conditions, your pump may be attached to a hose for:
1) Pumping through an outdoor faucet directly into your household plumbing system
2) Pumping up-hill to a location for storage or use
3) Pumping distances to water animals or a garden
You may leave the filler hose attached to your FloJak. Our filler hose comes with a threaded end. Use a drinking bottle cap to keep debris and hose dwelling critters out. When finished pumping, always lower the FloJak handle to avoid breakage. A raised handle is an invitation to friends, neighbors, and the kids to have a go at your FloJak. The handle is designed to spin so that you can pump as you face any direction.