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Any tips for driving a well?
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Homesteader    Posted 12-13-2002 at 18:43:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Love reading these messages when I get back to civilization. Great group, here!

I'm going to be manually driving a shallow well on my land soon, to use with a simple pitcher pump. Water's only about 20' down. It'll replace the 55 gal. drum I've been using, until I can have the real thing sunk. (Maybe a year from now.)

I'm very stout, and have a good plan for a drop driver using my Oliver & front loader, but thought I'd ask if y'all have any suggestions. I'd sure appreciate it.

Any tips? (Thanks!)


buck    Posted 12-13-2002 at 23:11:16       [Reply]  [No Email]

Many many moons ago I worked on a soil testing crew. Most of the work was done with a backhoe and by hand but we had a rig mounted on a truck (probably 1 ton) that had a boom that would raise to around 12'. A seperate small engine mounted on the rear of the truck powered a winch from the flywheel end and the front of the engine had a pulley about 4" wide by 6" in diameter. The purpose of this pulley was to drive a 4" pipe into the ground to take the core samples.The way it worked was very simple. A heavy(about 100 to200 lb) weight slid up and down the boom and was raised by a rope over a pulley on top of the boom and back to the pulley on the engine with one turn around the pulley so you apply a little constant tension for an arms swing length to raise the weight and then release tension for an arms swing back as the weight falls. If you remember the TV series Route 66 on one episode the guys used their corvet with a tire removed from the rim to help an old man finish of an oil well.Anyway just a thought I'm more reflecting than givig advice.


DeadCarp    Posted 12-13-2002 at 22:05:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've driven a few wells over the years - get the sandpoint secure and started, then just stood on something tall, like a tractor tire, and swung a sledge, the other guy steadied a stout 4x4 block to protect the pipe threads. Long as you don't hit any big rocks it will go right in.
You can use a slightly-oversized plastic pipe too if you can borrow a Homelite pump and have extra water. Mount a hose fitting on a capped extension and start pumping water into it - it will flush itself right thru sand and keep itself free UNTIL you break thru to water. Then it's stuck so you leave the oversize there & slide the pipe down its hole and tap into the ground water.
To see how it works in your soil, try screwing a pipe onto a garden hose and just push it into the ground. Don't hit water though or it'll stick & you'll need to pry the pipe out :)


Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-13-2002 at 20:47:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've never tried it, but I'd like to. I was thinking about the post driver like Burrhead was talking about. The water level here in one well is 20ft and 60ft deep. 150 yards away another well is 67ft and the water level is at 58ft.

What do ya have in mind with your loader? Any rock in your area?


JoeK    Posted 12-13-2002 at 20:40:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Drove a 28' well by hand w/friend a few yrs back,"well point",driving pipe and driving cap and a big hammer.Took about 8-10 hrs.Depends on soil,rocks,underlying strata.Still works good for watering horses with hand pump.Depth was estimated by landfall to nearby stream.


How about??    Posted 12-13-2002 at 20:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can you get a high pressure pump and a water truck? You could dig it with water pressure if the soil is sandy enough. My dad did it that way in Fla. with a water hose and a 1-1/4" pipe!!


Sid    Posted 12-13-2002 at 19:43:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have read about those small gas engine driven rigs. But they seemed kinda pricy for me. Did not think I would have much use for one to justify the cost. What is your plan would like to hear about it. I guess if the soil is loose enough you could drive a pipe down that far. Would not work here though.


Burrhead    Posted 12-13-2002 at 20:22:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I watched 2 fellers sink a 2" to 40' using a scaffold and a pipe style fence post driver. It took them 1/2 a day. It woulduh took me 6 months.


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