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The Pump Guy

The Pump Guy
  • Profession: Pump Trainer
  • Expertise: Training
  • Years Of Experience: 35+
  • Topics Covered: Pumps & Operations
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Larry Bachus (a.k.a. “Pump Guy”) has nearly 40 years experience working with industrial pumps. His areas of expertise include diagnosing pump problems and seal failures. He has taught pump and seal improvement courses at major plants and facilities around the globe. Since October of 2007, Larry has been working with Flow Control magazine to present the Pump Guy Seminar throughout the continental United States.

Larry began his work career as a pump mechanic apprentice in a southern steel mill.  He continued working on pumps while serving in the US Navy. After completing his military service, Larry graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He worked selling and installing pumps, while designing his own products at night. For a period of time, Larry ran his own pump rebuild shop. He began compiling some of his original ideas to improve the service life of the pumps. Larry incorporated his own company in 1988 after developing a tool that broke the code on identification of rubber compounds used in o-rings and other seals and gaskets. Today, this tool is an industry standard.

Larry has taught as adjunct faculty at Cumberland University and also at the Tennessee Technological Center. He is a retired member of the ASME and writes a monthly column for Flow Control magazine. When not on the road teaching, Larry lives in Tennessee, where he continues inventing new products.

Posts By: The Pump Guy

  1. Lunch & Learn with Vince: Flexible Couplings with Larry Bachus
  2. Wedgies in Paradise: Respect Pump Affinity Laws and Your Local Pump Suppliers
  3. “Do the Basics First!” the Pump Guy®
  4. Fractured History of Industrial Reliability
  5. “Everything You Need to Know about NPSH, and Some Things you Didn’t”
  6. Head vs Pressure
  7. Jolted into the World of Pumps
  8. Pump Industry Secrets Lost in Time
  9. Lessons Learned from my PUMP GUY MAILBAG
  10. Cheat Sheets: The Affinity Laws – Empowering Pumps
  11. Cheat Sheets: Unwritten Pump Rules
  12. Gauging the Health of Your Pumps

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