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The well

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by powderhead, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. powderhead


    Jun 21, 2010
    I may have posted some questions here about putting in an old hand pump, so here's an up-date. I don't know why I didn't take more pictures of the process, but it's all done but building the box around it. It took for ever, and I could do it again in one day what took what seemed like weeks. And yes, it's leaning and I can't figure out why, but I'm sure it's correctable though.

    This well is only 51 feet deep. It was our primary water source for a few years until drought took it's toll on the water table. We then put in a deep which is about 250 feet deep. So, this well just sat idle for about 25 years. One day I realized I had an emergency water source setting untapped right out in the front yard. I have about 400$ in the job, but it was worth it all to see one of the grandkids light up when water came out of that strange thing. I hope it only remains a novelty and is never needed as a long term emergency water source, but today I am a little more prepared.

    I bought the pump at a farm auction for $150. It was way more than I wanted to spend on one, but it is a unique pump, and that seems to be a going rate for one in useable condition. I have a couple more that I paid as low as $35 for. Ebay and Craigs list are good sources as well as auctions and antique stores. Counting the price of the pump I have about $400 in the well. There is a cylinder down in the water that cost about $150 too. Three sections of 1 1/4 galvanized pipe some pvc pipe, 40 feet of 7/16 sucker rod and couplings. I did all this for several reasons - novelty, preparedness (back up water supply) and I just always wanted a real hand pump.

    All of that was more than I wanted to spend but I already had the well. It used to be our primary water source until a drought many years ago caused us to see the need for a more reliable water source. We now have a 250 ft. deep well, and it's the best water you could ask for.



    And here is a picture of it completely done.

    Now I am wanting to hook a pump jack up to it and power it with an antique hit and miss engine I have. Here are some pics of a pump and pump jack I bought over the weekend and just today I went and removed it and brought it home. By the way, I do have a wind mill, but I can't marry it to this well (long story)
  2. Carry16


    Sep 7, 2004
    SW Missouri
    This is something I would love to have. We have a shared well with two neighbors which is down about 450 feet. I'm told that if I put in a hand pump and only go down <100 feet that I will not get "good" water. It's one of the projects on the back burners.
    Congratulations - I'm envious.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012

  3. edcrosbys


    Aug 22, 2007
    Very Nice!!

    We've been considering a Bison Pump to install in the same well as our electric. It's on the list!
  4. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Looks great. Backup water source is a hugely important thing imo.