I have a shallow well on my place that is 55 feet deep with water standing at about 15 feet down. I want to put a hand pump over this well. I have everything but the well seal cap and the sucker rod. The rod is my hold up. It is so expensive to buy galvanized and have it shipped in, but I can get plain carbon 7/16" steel rod for pennies a foot. This well will be used for emergencies and just for fun in the mean time. Is there anyone with experience with this? My question is whether I can get by with plain non-galvanized rod as the sucker rod. A well supply place in Texas said that some people do this but he may mean for livestock application. Anyone know what I'm talking about?