Posted 03-23-2004 at 09:09:30
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"Well", it's been a while since I asked for help to locate my buried well. I came up with an idea that worked so "well" that I wanted everyone to know how to do it.
With this method I could determine exactly how far the well is located from the house, and also exactly how deep the well head is buried - all this without stepping out of the house! To make it work you hope the water line follows a somewhat straight path from the house to the well, with no sharp turns.
In the cellar, where the water line feeds through the wall, I drilled a 17/32" hole in the water line. Next I fed 1/4" copper tubing through the hole until the tubing hit the well head. You can hear the metallic tunk when the copper tube hits.
Measuring how much tubing you feed through the wall tells you how far the well is from the cellar wall (-wall thickness). The well lies somewhere along the radius of that distance, assuming there are no sharp bends in the water pipe.
To find the depth of the well head I slipped several-foot of clear plastic tubing (3/8" OD X 1/4" ID) over the exposed end of the copper tubing - filled the tubing assembly with water to make a homemade water level. Now I raised or lowered the plastic tubing to where the water level showed through the clear plastic. This indicates the exact level of the well head!
I had previously dug holes and poked an iron rod, and tried a metal detector but could not find the well. With the tubing method I found the well to be 40" below the basement window and located along a 12' radius that extends from the corner of a cellar window. This info. took less than a half hour to determine - sure beats diggin, digging . .
Now I should be able to locate the well head by probing along the 12' radius with a steel rod.
Hope this helps someone else in my situation.