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As some of you know, I am putting in a sprinkler system. Here is a picture of ‘pretty much’ what the pump site looks like and will be final. I want to put something over the site that looks better than those fake rocks. Besides, those rocks are expensive. The footprint of what I need to cover is about 45” long x 30” wide and the top of that pipe sticking up is 22” from the ground. My wife suggested a bench. I’ll go along with that but that would be quite a high seat height. And also, no water can get through to the pump, so the seat top would have to be watertight. I thought I could make it out of cedar or redwood, make it tongue & groove, and put a layer of tarpaper under the seat. Also, I could give it an imperceptible tilt to one end or something like that. This bench would have to be removable or at least tilt up for access to the pump. Anyone have any ideas?
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I think you're wife is right on with the bench idea. Say a highback bench with a shelf/table attached to the top of the back to cover the pump and such. Say make the top a place to put flower pots and such, make the sides of the table panels with access doors for entry.

Possibly 2 benches connected at a right angle, with a table/shelf connecting them like some stylized cube/rectangle form

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As some of you know, I am putting in a sprinkler system. Here is a picture of ‘pretty much’ what the pump site looks like and will be final. I want to put something over the site that looks better than those fake rocks. Besides, those rocks are expensive. The footprint of what I need to cover is about 45” long x 30” wide and the top of that pipe sticking up is 22” from the ground. My wife suggested a bench. I’ll go along with that but that would be quite a high seat height. And also, no water can get through to the pump, so the seat top would have to be watertight. I thought I could make it out of cedar or redwood, make it tongue & groove, and put a layer of tarpaper under the seat. Also, I could give it an imperceptible tilt to one end or something like that. This bench would have to be removable or at least tilt up for access to the pump. Anyone have any ideas?
I do not understand why you say no water can get through to the pump. Most pumps live their entire lives out in the weather.

In South Carolina you have freezing weather to consider. Even here in north Florida I make a 4" concrete block well house with a folding cover of concrete impregnated fiber board. If we get a really cold night I can put in a light bulb and still be OK.

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The directions say do not expose to outside weather.

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It's not unusual for well pumps and even sump pumps to be installed in well houses to protect them.

They will be fully grounded and sealed, but that doesn't mean shouldn't be protected from rain/snow/dirt.

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