Hand Pump Well , off-grid, self-reliant water, everything you need to know

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Yıl önce

Here is everything you need to know about installing a hand pump well. How the pump works, what kind of pipe, what kind of couplers, how deep you can go etc......
If you want to be more self reliant with your own hand pump well here is the complete list of parts and the cost of each...wether its a cabin in the woods or an off grid shack, or even a family campsite a hand pump well might be your best option for water.
Here's the link to the well installation video.

Michael Foley
Michael Foley Yıl önce
I’ve been building a small homestead for a couple of years now. This is the most thorough, accurate, clear cut, informed, humble, and easy to understand tutorial I’ve ever watched. Not only well driving, but on any construction project. And I’ve watched hundreds of videos. I’m also in medical school. For the love of God, could you please come in and teach a couple lectures on cardiac surgery?
Rodger Laws
Rodger Laws 15 gün önce
Michael Foley. All I can tell you about cardiac surgery is 2 things. "American Pie" makes a good closing song, and if the blood turns black give prussian blue!
Sean Marshall
Sean Marshall 3 aylar önce
Yong Yea
Yong Yea 9 aylar önce
Did you strike water??? Or was it a bust????
L J 9 aylar önce
Nate Wilson
Nate Wilson 11 aylar önce
@hheefr Hey, pipe down
Jason Spenny
Jason Spenny 9 aylar önce
I don't know if it's been mentioned, but make sure your ball valve is made of lead-free brass / rated for potable water. You don't want lead leaching into your drinking water. Probably not a big deal but worth mentioning. (Brass often has lead added because it improved machinability enormously.) Stainless Steel would also work well.
Tom Jones
Tom Jones Aylar önce
lol, went back and watch that part again, it does say lead free on the tag!
Andrew Bugbee
Andrew Bugbee 2 aylar önce
Oh, please.
Reid Haney
Reid Haney Yıl önce
Did this 30 years ago on my farm in Indiana. This covered everything very well. This is by far the best explanation / tutorial I have ever seen. Great job!!!
Ellen Lefavour
Ellen Lefavour 10 aylar önce
I’m getting ready to do a hand pump well and am so grateful that God led me to your video. Thank you for such complete, clear and concise info on parts needed and each step in the process. You are a Godsend.
noway josah
noway josah 11 aylar önce
You can buy a pipe driver. Look for the very heavy steel tee post driver. Don’t bother with the light weight ones. Mine is about 30 pounds but is longer than what you are using. At 14 feet I hit blue clay and it was pretty tough going until I broke through that at 20 feet. After that it was fairly easy. Took most of one day but I’m no spring chicken at nearly 70. Good video.
Dave K
Dave K Yıl önce
Just came across this video. Excellent advice throughout. A couple thoughts from this retiree's former experience: 1. First and foremost, the presentation on maximum water depth is spot on. If the water table is below 25 feet from the ground surface, suction lift hand pumps are not practical. 2. Make sure you are in an area where the water table is in unconsolidated sediments, sands and such. No bedrock. Some areas with sand also can contain some rocks, you may have to move the well location a few times. 3. Ask around to see if the shallow groundwater is readily drinkable without treatment. In some areas, the shallow groundwater can have high solids content, odor, bad taste, you name it. Most areas will have good water. But no guarantees either way, it's worth checking beforehand. 4. Well point drive/slide hammers are available commercially. I've used them in groundwater work. Search "piezometer point slide hammer" or "well point drive hammer" and you can find them. If you buy a groundwater industry product, be prepared for some sticker shock, as they'll likely be a few hundred dollars. As an alternative, look into fence post and T-post drivers from vendors such as Tractor Supply. IMPORTANT - whatever you buy, make sure the working diameter of the hammer fits with the well pipe diameter you're using. I don't know enough to specify a specific hammer for a specific well pipe, sorry. Maybe other viewers can? I always used matched slide hammer/piping/well points from groundwater supply vendors in my work, but again but this would be an expensive route to take and there are alternative products. 5. Hopefully you'll never have to remove the well. Great points were discussed in this video regarding the evils of soil pressure and friction associated with the couplings and the well point. It will likely not be easy but more often than not it can be done. The tripod suggestion is on target, a rigged winch/come-along can work. For safety's sake - watch those cables and stay clear, there will be a lot of tension. If you are fortunate and end up with a working slide hammer, you can also add a length of well pipe extension above ground, slip the hammer over it, add the threaded drive cap, and pound upwards instead of downward as when you installed the well. Again, all hammer/pipe/cap diameters must work with each other. But at this point you'll know if this will work if you successfully used this method to install the well. 6. If you're in an area with nearby industry, gas stations, feedlots, etc. make your first call to the local or state environmental protection office. They will have information as to whether there are any known sources of groundwater contamination in your area. Don't put your well anywhere near your septic system's leach field! Regarding the first three items - initial information sources can include the usual suspects (family, friends and neighbors). Local feed stores, hardware stores that sell the points might work. County agricultural extension offices, local county or state environment protection offices may work, also the State Geologist's office. Local engineering or environmental consulting firms are a possibility. Be patient if contacting these offices, as finding that right person may take some doing. Some scientists and engineers love helping the public when a non-routine question such as this comes up, others not so much! Be careful with providing TMI as the subject of permitting may come up with certain regulatory offices. If you don't wish to contact the government offices because of privacy concerns, you could instead do a computer search on ground water quality in ___ County ___ State. Similar search for groundwater depth. Naming convention as to whether to use "groundwater" or "ground water," one or two words? Use both alternatives in your searching. Apologies for rambling, hope this helps. Good luck!
Dave K
Dave K 2 aylar önce
@Ju M You can check with your local or state Health Department or whatever agency permits new wells. Ask what the requirements are for the permitting process. And also ask about costs to apply for and obtain the permit. Also ask if there are any recurring costs, most likely there won't be any. Regarding the pump, a conventional submersible pump can be used. They are 'sized' based on the depth below ground surface that they'll have to lift the water from the pump intake to your above ground system.
Dave K
Dave K 2 aylar önce
@SALSA You can call the local or state environmental agency and ask about water quality in your County. Their web sites can contain useful info as well. You are interested in buying property and are screening general locations. Ask if there are any maps that show known contaminated areas or specific sites/locations (one example that comes to mind - present and former gas stations).
Ju M
Ju M 2 aylar önce
I previously looked up water table depths for an acquifer (since our ground water higher up seems to be seasonal). It's over 120 feet deep. Is there a way to do this without hiring a rig and having all kinds of permits come with it? (By law, they have to register any wells they drill.) and what kkind of pump is useful then? Something with an internal screw going down the pipe, as it seems from this video that there's a limit to a lift/suction pump to 25-30 feet.
SALSA 3 aylar önce
So a good way to get this data without triggering permitting agencies is to ask for a water quality report? Map? I’m looking for property and doing research on what data to look for and where. I want to make sure the water I use for my small plot homestead will be safe for my family & animals. Thank you for taking the time to write your comments.
Alex Berukoff
Alex Berukoff 4 aylar önce
thx ,, this was life saving information,, I am 700 feet from where a gas station used be
GG A 10 aylar önce
I honestly feel like l just attended an advanced college level class in well digging and maintenance. You sir are a natural born teacher! Thank you.
Kraken Throttle
Kraken Throttle Yıl önce
The fitting you had in your right hand is actually what it called black iron which is a malleable iron, not recommended for drinking water and has a lacquer coating that helps prevent it from rusting for a short time, typically black iron is used for hydronic heating. The one is your left looks like stainless steel. Stainless steel is used is a wide variety of applications and is food safe. For your pipe dope I would recommend teflon tepe+leak lock. (leak lock comes in a bright blue container) Really good stuff imo and is potable water safe.
Dena Thompson
Dena Thompson Yıl önce
Bought a 100 yr old colonial house and found a old well. Went to the archives for the county and found out it was the first hand dug well in the area which would make sense since it is just outside the old carriage house. Your video is very helpful with the pump itself. Thank you
John Barry
John Barry Yıl önce
Nice job, on your tutorial. I have a couple of points, however. 1.) If you use Teflon tape, and pipe dope on top, you will have a great seal, and IF you have to take it apart, for some reason(You probably will, your first time.), then the tape will minimize the mess. Also, I have been around pipe dope and Teflon tape for more than 30 years, and I have seen them BOTH leak, but I have NEVER seen the combination of the two leak. On another note, I prefer the grey pipe dope. It is less apt to cracking with age. 2.) There is such a thing, called a "Fence Post Hammer", that will work for your "well hammer". Good job.
Tunin21frequency 6 aylar önce
Just when I thought it doesn't get better. Here you go! Thanks for sharing. May we live to see brighter days with good work on Mother Earth.
NCHurricaneHunter 8 aylar önce
We had a post hammer, but I think one of the workers my dad uses on the farm “misplaced” it. If you have neighbors with a post driver tractor attachment, it makes real short work of any pole/post driving job.
rex woodcutter
rex woodcutter 8 aylar önce
John-my dad was a plumber and he also used teflon and grey dope. And yep, I have and used the "russian hammer" many times!
Nancy Erskine
Nancy Erskine 8 aylar önce
I had asked that question if a tpost driver would work just the same….
GalaxyTraveler 8 aylar önce
I spent a great deal of time doing plumbing when i renovated bathrooms. Most jobs we just did the plumbing since it wasn't anything major, my boss taught me to always wrap teflon several times around the thread and then spread a layer of silicon around that.
Ryan Mac
Ryan Mac 8 aylar önce
Man I’m so glad I found your channel, and this video. We’ve been talking about doing a hand pump well for years, but never really knew how to get started. We have an old pump house that has a hand pump from the early 1900s, and I’ve always wanted to try to restore it but again… never really knew how. Now I do. Keep making great content man, this is probably some of the best videos on TRpost. Glad there are guys like you out there, doing this kind of stuff and then teaching the rest of us how we can too.
John James
John James 9 aylar önce
WOW. I watch a lot of youtube videos on everything from woodworking, to auto repair, to homesteading, and this is the best edited, most clear, most complete video I've ever watched. Great job!! Subscribed.
Bushradical 9 aylar önce
Thanks for the sub
R. Yıl önce
This was excellent! And I like the way you were not goofy, silly, or trying to act like a comedian and telling stupid jokes or acting like a fool, which unfortunately far too many TRpostrs engage in. And another huge thumbs up for not playing background music to further annoy your viewers. And you got right into the content without telling us your life story first. First class presentation.
Marilyn Siddiqi
Marilyn Siddiqi 4 aylar önce
I agree.
Axtweam Auto
Axtweam Auto 11 aylar önce
@Rick James worked enough to keep you interested right?
Rick James
Rick James Yıl önce
There was crappy background music tho
Jack Jones
Jack Jones Yıl önce
That was an excellent description of how to drive a well. I use to help my father drive wells in the 50’s in Arkansas. He did it the same way. He made his own driver. He took a 40” piece of 6” pipe with a driving cap and then poured about 75 lbs. babbitt in the pipe. This would give you a longer stroke when driving the pipe.
No Party Afilliation
No Party Afilliation Yıl önce
One of the best videos I have ever seen. You should be a teacher or a instructor. You were very thorough and I give an A+ for your efforts! Thank you so much!
BrainDamagedBob Yıl önce
If your leathers are dry, you can use up that gallon of prime water without getting your pump primed unless you take steps to conserve the water. When you are priming, you should raise the pump handle all the way before pouring in water. Then only push the handle down an inch or so while you are pumping. You can make short strokes up and down with the pump handle near the top end of it's travel and keep your prime water in the pump. If you push the handle all the way down, you empty the water above the plunger out of the pump. I listen for the sound of a bubble coming through the water in the pump each time I raise the pump handle that inch of travel. That's air leaving the column. When the bubbling stops and the pumping is suddenly harder, you're done. Raise the handle all the way to the limit and you might lose prime again though. Hopefully, your leathers will be swollen enough by then to seal and pump out the air.
XiongFa Yıl önce
Love the vid, information I really didn't have. I think you could set up with a T and valving so as to add a small electric pump, 12v that could be run off of solar. Teco makes some small ones that run off a single solar panel for pumping water from a rooftop water solar panel to a water tank in the house. I'd have to check to see if they had one that was self priming though. And, once the well was sunk, I think you could switch to Sch80 or even Sch40 for all the above ground plumbing. One note on pipe dope vs. teflon tape: neither is intended as a sealant. they are both intended as a lubricant to allow the fittings to be tightened enough for the threads to make the seal. If there is a leak with either it's because the joint isn't tight enough.
Vandalay Industries
Vandalay Industries Yıl önce
Wow, dude - you're really thorough in your instructions. Really appreciate that. Love this video. When we bought our first house it had a hand pump that was in disuse. Now I'd like to try to install one - but my only concern is, um, being able to actually find the dang water - and being sure that the drive point is fully 1 ft below the water line.
Penny Laur
Penny Laur 5 aylar önce
The knowing where the water is, was explained in using a tape measure inside your pipe. Sometimes if you watch these more than once, you pick up on something you missed the first time.
deejaymalta Yıl önce
I've got to do this in a well inside my 113 year old home. I've watched and subscribed before, and I was damn happy to see a DIY video from you on this topic. You're awesome Whipps!
Molly Lamberth
Molly Lamberth Yıl önce
For years my old farm house no one lived in it but I went out there lots time in summer. Every year I would pay a plumber $60.00 year just to drain my pipes so would not freeze. Finally honest plumber came out and showed me cut water off going to house then open all faucets flush toilet and they would not freeze. I was so thankful to him.
BILLs ToPay 12 gün önce
Your lucky you finally found an honest plumber! Thats about as easy as finding an honest mechanic!! Thanks for sharing that simple no cost solution !
WhyDoHeathensRage? 15 gün önce
Lots of service people will rip off, especially us women. God takes names✝️
Jamie Troutman
Jamie Troutman 23 gün önce
The first plumber was honest as well. You asked him to get the pipes ready for winter. Didn’t he do the job you paid him for?
akbychoice Aylar önce
Once drained, pour a little RV water tank antifreeze in the P traps of the sinks and toilets to prevent them from freezing and breaking.
Daniel Godfrey
Daniel Godfrey Aylar önce
Outside every house there's supposed to be a gate valve that's A normal faucet, 4 way key, or gate valve. Its not supposed to be under lock and key in case of a water line break.
Miss Allyson 707
Miss Allyson 707 11 aylar önce
Great Tutorial! Thank you so much for taking the time to explain this process in such detail. 🇺🇸
TheComputec Yıl önce
For reference, the volume of water in a 2" tube at 24ft is just under four gallons and the water inside the tube will weigh 32lbs, which is why you seldom see hand pumps with a bigger well head than 8mtrs... to be honest you will seldom see a basic domestic pump with better suction than that too, so if you water table in the summer is 24ft below your pump then consider siting you pump at the bottom of the hill !! I speak from experience
Sarah Meador
Sarah Meador 3 aylar önce
So really it should be, Jack and Jill went down the hill to fetch a pail of water. Except then they wouldn't be able to fall down the hill, because they would already be at the bottom! Sorry lol, just got done teaching at the local preschool...
Darth GBC
Darth GBC Yıl önce
I think that the no pipe dope on the 1st 2 threads tip is a great tip. For all applications, like hydraulics, air, or gas. Even for Nitrogen gas used for laser cutting. This whole video is full of great tips.
Mike Electric
Mike Electric Yıl önce
Excellent presentation. Excellent information. I have an old well pump on my property and the well itself has crystal clear water in it. I have thought about replacing the plunger and gaskets since I bought my home. Your video may be just the motivation I needed. Thanks
AngeliqueKaga Yıl önce
Dave, you do a wonderful job, you and Brooke both do great videos. Keep up the great work.
All T-Shirt Times
All T-Shirt Times Yıl önce
Fantastic video! Thank you so much. You made it so clear and easy to understand. Really appreciate you taking the time to do this. You are very professional and have a way with conveying things. Great Job! Thanks again.+
SilverBacK Preparedness
SilverBacK Preparedness 3 aylar önce
Thank you for this video. Just recently got the ability to move out into the country. We now have well water and septic and I have no experience with either. My grandparents had both but unfortunately my grandfather is no longer around to ask all the questions. We have to redo both and this is some great info to add into the mix, thank you.
Carolina Guy
Carolina Guy 3 aylar önce
I just re-watched this video Dave. Your attention to detail and tips to do it right the first time are invaluable man. Good stuff!
RIP 2 aylar önce
Great video... thanks for all the useful information. For witching water, use two 24" gas welding rods each bent at 90 degrees 6" up. This would look like an "L". Vertically hold the 6" ends and let the rod point where they want rotating freely in your loosly closed hand. Walk slowly over the land and when the rods swing together and are parallel with each other, water is below. Note that I am not sure why, but some people can witch and many cannot. So if your rods never come together, just ask your closest family member, neighbor or friend to give it a try.
Richard Ross
Richard Ross Yıl önce
A very good instruction on well points. 50+ years ago my father and I installed several of them(from Sears). My father made an adapter for his jack hammer to drive the point and pipe. I stood in the bucket of the loader, with the jackhammer to drive the point down. Dad lowered the bucket as the pipe went into the ground. It worked well. This was before OSHA. Good Luck, Rick
Doug Whittum
Doug Whittum Yıl önce
Thanks. Most informative video I've seen. I had water at 5-6 feet for a few days, then none. I have since added another 5 foot pipe so I'm at about 9 or 10 feet. Now it's harder to pump (due to more lift required?) and I'm going to try priming the hand pump. If successful, I plan to get a ball valve also. Again, thanks for the video. Best I've seen so far. OK, back to work.
B Van Glorious
B Van Glorious 23 gün önce
Thank you for this Simply straight forward, potentially life saving info without being hidden behind a paywall I, and I'm sure everyone here who doesn't work for a commercial unit, appreciates your service.
Heather Aylar önce
This is wonderfully informative. Thank you! Also if you had to pull it out for some reason you can use a farm jack against a wrench tightened on the pipe. Works for greenhouse pole too.
kptown1 Yıl önce
Dude! You're seriously the best teacher EVER!!! Your videos are going to be our GO-TO spot for everything we need to do at our new property! Thank you and Brooke for sharing your expertise! Can't wait to keep watching all your projects at your new property. Have fun!
Bissilife and Odie
Bissilife and Odie Yıl önce
As always, you make me feel like I could actually do this. Thank you
Dylan Finch
Dylan Finch Yıl önce
Here in Mississippi, we can use shallow wells as well. I had a friend from New Mexico, who said that wells dug out there had to be deep. He said that you just have to ask people how deep the water table is for them to get an idea of how deep to dig a well.
Bernie Jackson
Bernie Jackson Aylar önce
Great video! You've answered my biggest question about drilling through the ground to get the well pipe to the water table without a large commercial drill rig using rock bits etc.
Randy Ward
Randy Ward Yıl önce
One of the best explanations I have listened to. I like this guy, salt of the earth. You can pump much deeper of course with a downhole pump like oil wells use, but it would take some power to raise the sucker rods. The DH pumps are much more refined and work very well. If fresh water they would last a very long time.
CP watching
CP watching Yıl önce
Thanks Dave. I'm thinking of giving it a go at our northern Wisconsin off grid shack. Thank you so much for your advice!! Take care!!
American Axe & Tool Co
American Axe & Tool Co Yıl önce
Drove about 3 of these when I lived in Michigan! The guy who recommended not adding pipe dope to the first few threads!? He’s right! This is a damn good video!
Scooter McAwesomeness
Scooter McAwesomeness 11 aylar önce
Dude.. well done... pun intended. Seriously though, super awesome explanations and advice. I thank you for your time and efforts!
Tatten Aylar önce
Thank you! This is the best one I've seen too giving us everything we need to know. As a woman I'm not sure I have the strength to do it myself but now know I definitely would not use a pump driver - 90lbs I couldn't even pick up. So I would use the sledge hammer approach. One question for cold weather environments, how about putting he pump in and building your home around it. I saw one homesteader who did that which would eliminatte the freeze issue. Not sure how difficult that would be, but you having build your own cabins would know.
rmurpheyiii 9 aylar önce
Thanks great info. I’m about bit curious about tree roots in the area though. I could see a lot of cons and a few pros. Like maybe roots growing and breaking pipes, but I guess a bit of a pro is that there may be water close by.
NotitiaRecolligo Yıl önce
We did this at our camp. I'm also in the U.P. On the home-made driver, there use to be fence post drivers sold at TSC, Menards, etc. that are similar. Even a larger piece of steel pipe (1 1/2' to 2' long) with a chunk of iron welded on the top works. They're sold as metal fence post drivers.
ThePrepperMomChannel 2 aylar önce
Of all the tutorials I have EVER seen, this guy is the best instructor I've watched! Man, you should do instructional videos every day!! You are great at what you do. Thank you!
Junk Yard
Junk Yard Yıl önce
Those 100% steel couplers are called merchant couplers. Some hardware stores have them and a lot don't. I use them a lot because they are weldable.
MI Bob
MI Bob 6 aylar önce
Your content is wonderfully complete and informative, great productions Dave!
Terry G
Terry G Yıl önce
Thank you for your informative video. We use a non return value instead of a ball valve which keeps the pump primed (we live in South Africa near the coast and there is no snow here)
Gerald Bartz
Gerald Bartz 29 gün önce
Hi Mate, thank you so much. Finally someone who knows what he is talking about and also takes his time to really explain every detail. Much appreciated
David Ignacio
David Ignacio Yıl önce
Yours is the best instructional and/or most informative video on pumps I have ever seen. You are such a nugget of wisdom. Kudos to you.
Rachelle Walters
Rachelle Walters 8 aylar önce
YA!🖒 I watched my dad install one of these in our cabins while growing up. They're called a Pitcher pump. The older American pump looked more about the right size? They work GREAT! (We lived off of this water source FOR YEARS!) You'll being pulling TONS of sand up when first installing it, and you have to PRIME THE PUMP by pouring water down it when the pump goes dry! (You'll have to do this from time to time.)
Steve Murch
Steve Murch 2 aylar önce
Your videos are so well done and informative. Thanks much for the extensive work you put into making them.
Samuel Taylor
Samuel Taylor Yıl önce
When I drove mine, I took a 3” heavy wall pipe about 3’ long and welded a 16lb sledgehammer head to the end so it fit over the well point pipe to drive it, worked perfectly.
Keith Banther
Keith Banther Yıl önce
Wow...precise,concise.no wasted time explaining things we don't need to know...great job on this video
Boofer 10 aylar önce
Good tutorial. We are considering a well. We have 3 year round springs. Grew up on iron water from a well. I am going to drill about 50' from a spring that went underground. I won't explain why at this time. I like the brass ball valve idea. While researching Lehman's I saw where some said they drilled a very small hole in the bottom leather to be sure it drained in the winter. Just sayin'. Very good instructions with attention paid to "what ifs". Thank you. Boofer
Bushradical 10 aylar önce
The weight that goes on the leather check valve has a small ramp at the back end.....if you hold the pump handle all the way up it will push down on this ramp and lift up the leather halve.........draining out the water.
Todd Brigham
Todd Brigham Yıl önce
One good reason to drive a 2" stand of pipe is that the larger inside diameter gives you room to run a liner sleeve inside if your 2" pipe develops a leak over time. Let's say you drive a well with 2" diameter pipe, and over 10 years, the screen in your drive point wears out and you get sand/silt in the bottom. You can run inside with a 1" pipe stand and jet out the sand. Then you can run a liner inside and re-complete your well with a smaller I.D.
Daniel Bianchi
Daniel Bianchi 3 aylar önce
@North Coast Realty Great Point
North Coast Realty
North Coast Realty 4 aylar önce
I was wondering about this.
Tunin21frequency 6 aylar önce
Nice add friend.
Grace Marcantel
Grace Marcantel 2 aylar önce
Thank you! Amazingly clear, concise and straight to the point! Very easy to understand. You should teach ppl how to make DIY tutorials!!!
Terry Garvin
Terry Garvin 7 aylar önce
Old plumber turned me on to rectoseal number 5. It is much better seal and lasts forever. I could not find an old pump so I took a cylinder hone and cleaned up the bore. If you open the ball valve all the way you can trap water behind the jacket and it will crack, always leave ball valves slightly open over winter... Great video, I really appreciate all the information. You're increasing My carpentry confidence!!
Robert Alford
Robert Alford 3 aylar önce
What a fantastic video. Thank you for your knowledge, and for explaining in such great detail.
Shane Beaudrot
Shane Beaudrot Yıl önce
You have offered a lot of sound advice based on your wisdom and experience. Nothing better and more important than good water.
99JeepXJGuy 9 aylar önce
Outstanding, and very well presented. Thank you!
Evelyn Shaw
Evelyn Shaw Yıl önce
You are a great teacher. Thank you for sharing with us.
Jason Clark
Jason Clark Yıl önce
You can buy a 1-1/4" brass one way check valve and install under the pump (before or after your manual valve) This keeps prime without the need to operate the manual valve each time. (The check valve is also available at menards, same location/isle as the well drive couplings.) When I did my well a few years ago I also installed a "T" under the valves. The T also has a check valve and shutoff valve which is then plumbed to a shallow well jet pump. On demand water just like a normal well.
RAY RAMOS 9 aylar önce
Damn good content thank you sir , the way things are going in the world , your saving lives
J&V Mor
J&V Mor Yıl önce
Top-notch editing! All knowledge, No BS. Well done.
jeanne griffin
jeanne griffin 6 aylar önce
That is exactly the info I needed to know in order to replace the leathers and make an old handpump workable again. Thank you!
Dan Bradley
Dan Bradley 8 aylar önce
It's a pleasant rarity to watch a complete easy to understand instruction video and I thank you for outstanding instructions.
Val Lemp
Val Lemp Yıl önce
Thank you. Your videos are professional and informative. Very straight to the point.
Ray Dreamer
Ray Dreamer 3 aylar önce
I grew up with these type of pumps and you just gave the best explanation of the complete operation of how these pumps work . I like the closing valve .
Roberts Bushcraft
Roberts Bushcraft Yıl önce
We're digging out an old well and I think we're going to use this exact setup. I'm glad you mentioned the smooth bore being perhaps the biggest difference between American made and those overseas. The ball valve is genius and so is washing out the pipes before putting them in the ground.
akbychoice Aylar önce
Might need a piston bore hone to true up a foreign made pitcher pump?
Bushradical Yıl önce
best of luck RB.
Robert Magee
Robert Magee Yıl önce
By far one of the best instructional videos I have watched. Well done!
Bushradical Yıl önce
Wow, thanks!
Rescued Car Collective
Rescued Car Collective Yıl önce
Great info. I never knew that we are in FL and all our wells I think are below 60ft. I could be wrong. But every well I’ve seen driven round here is done with a big pile driver on the back of a full size truck in place of the bed.
sonic198310 Yıl önce
I pulled about 20' of 2'' well pipe years back at an old ranch on the lake. The well was inside the house in the master bath closet with 8' ceilings. So I built a 4 by 4'' frame to sit above and center of my pipe but small enough to still fit in the closet ( Man it was tight ) I fabricated a goose neck out of 1 3/4'' pipe 6'' stock threaded on both ends and put caps on both ends with threaded wholes in the center of the caps. Cut that pipe in half at a diagonal went and got some all thread a few nuts and and a hook thingamachig and you get the gist on the goose neck. I then fastened a come along to the header of the pull frame and come along we went (Upward that is). I took this approach because I couldn't get this old pipe to budge just having about a foot of it above the ground. Man that goose neck worked like a charm. Here's your sign : ) Love your videos and stories. Keep them coming.
pistache28 11 gün önce
Great video: really interesting and useful to make a well! Thank you for your work! 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍
chlor Yıl önce
Due to the atmosphere pressure you can not suck water more than 33.8 feet (10.3 meter). If you put a piston down to water level and start sucking the water level will stop at 33.8 feet even if you draw 100 feet. Actually it is the surrounding air pressure which press the water up.
Lugo Take Action Now
Lugo Take Action Now 4 aylar önce
Great video. I was wondering are there any motorized attachments you can add to the pump and some type of pipe setup where you could connect to a huge tank and fill it up for the winter downtimes? Thank you
AnaWasHere 4 gün önce
I had one of these growing up! At one point this was the source of all our water. We'd have to run down hill to it to get water to drink, use the bathroom, wash dishes and clothes(had to do both by hand), if we didn't have any in the house. Me and my older brother would take turns getting water. It took about two years before my dad could afford to fix the well pump. (It had been struck by lightning.)
Frederick Woolever
Frederick Woolever Aylar önce
Great instructions! I am inspired to get something like this going to water the "back 40" garden I've been working on.
Mike Cantrell
Mike Cantrell 9 aylar önce
This was great. I have my parts coming and look forward to getting started! Thank you
Lori Crispin
Lori Crispin Yıl önce
Thank you for explaining what u do and making it seems doable. I have learned the most about off grid living from your videos
Bushradical Yıl önce
Glad to help. Thanks
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