I can't believe I spent time standing in the big box store really being serious about sump pumps and going over the pros and cons. I learned things about sump pump specs that I did not want to know about. There are things about sump pumps that are not good clean family entertainment.
The nominees are:
At the top of the pedestal class, for @$178 we have more or less the below. Pictured is not "the" pump because this one is <i>plastic</i> and costs about $78, the cheaper pumps are all plastic and have at best a two year warranty and I don't want plastic in this application. I want cast-iron and I want a life time warranty.
In the submersible;e division for @$108 we have the above. The handyman likes these better than the others because they start pumping faster <i>but</i> they are so plastic and I imagine a lot of moving parts.
We shall see. The last thing the handyman said to me before he left this afternoon was that it looked like rain... Smart Ass.