So Mr. Shoe and I are thinking of digging a shallow well (25 feet is as deep as shallow well pump will work apparently) and installing an old fashioned hand pump at the mountain house in case of emergencies. We're NOT on city water now... we are on a community well, but of course if the power goes out, the well pumps won't work so we'll all be out of water. I'm watching these cool videos of how to drill your own well using a mud pump. It's ingenious really. But my question is... how do I know WHERE on my property to begin drilling to avoid stuff like electrical lines, existing water lines, etc. I know where my septic tank sits, (it's downhill from my house), so I'm thinking if I go to the back side of the property I will probably avoid most everything else but how can I be sure. Any tips for me? Thanks! Shoeless Wanna kill these ads? We can help!