so I fired up the pump and it poppe dthe breaker. I took the motor off and spun the impellor by hand, cleaned out a few pine needles and it works. woohoo. put it back together, added some waterproof jelly shit to the seals and it fired up fine. but...

initially the basket fills up with water and everythig flows fine, but the longer i leave it running the lower the water level gets in the baster until it stops putting water all together. I suspect the two gates I have circled but it could also be something else. any ideas?