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Offline Stwood

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Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« on: July 31, 2020, 02:22:21 PM »
I've been studying of a cheap, good way to get water from our well if the elec goes off, or we can't pay the elec bill.
We have a generator, but gas only lasts so long.

A manual water pump comes to mind, but I'm not wanting to spend a fortune doing it. I've checked on the Bison pumps, but not wanting to spend 1200.-2000. dollars.
I've read a little of the solar well pumps.

Thinking about visiting with the Amish to see what they are using.

We have a second well that is currently plugged off. And, it's under the floor in the bathroom that is an old addition to the house.
We would need a deep well pump. Water is 70' down. Well depth is 200'.
Current 220 pump is set at 160'

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2020, 03:20:08 PM »
Get a piece of pipe that will fit inside the well pipe, cap one end, and put a stout rope or chain on the other. I believe you can buy these specially made.

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 04:56:48 PM »
A water well bucket?
I have a commercial made one (galvanized tin) somewhere.

Looking for hand pump, or solar pump ideas

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 04:57:51 AM »
Basically you need a pipe long enough to get 150 with a foot valve on the bottom.  At that depth the weight of the pipe will require a seesaw up top to move it up and down . That's how the old windmills pump water.

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 08:41:15 AM »

I'm thinking something that will go down beside my current submersible pump and pipe. 6" casing

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 08:54:46 AM »
That's what I am talking about . On shallow sells i use a 3/4 inch pipe and pump by hand just moving it up and down. But water gets heavy. So was thinking 1 1/2 inch pipe on a cantilever system .

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 08:58:12 AM »

Check valve on the bottom of the pipe.

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Re: Drawing water from a well, without electricity
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2020, 09:08:54 AM »
Yes check valve on bottom. Every downward  movement t will force water past  the check valve and keep it from flowing back out.
 On the ones I have made i put an elbow on the top and about 2" of pipe then a hose pipe to the catchment.