Posted 12-17-2002 at 19:24:01
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I only get back to "the grid" about once a week, so I'm slow responding to anything on the board. Hope y'all forgive me.
A couple of you wanted to know how I planned to use my tractor and loader to drive a shallow well. Well, here ya go:
I bought a short length of large diameter galvanzed pipe that I had threaded on both ends. (24" long.) Caps went on both ends, but I drilled a hole in one of 'em and put an eye bolt through it. Then I filled it with concrete and let it dry.
When I was ready to drive my well I made sure the well point was in (by sledgehammer, whew!) enough to be secure. I put a very large pipe around it to act as a sort of guide for my "driver", sunk just enough that it would stay put.
Then I raised the loader bucket over the whole mess with block and tackle attached, and just manually pulled the rope and dropped it on the pipe I was driving. Sometimes it seemed to work really well, and other times I had to do a lot of assisting with a sledge and some choice language.
Kind of a primitive way to do it, I guess, but it worked. I'm in the Southeast where the soil's pretty good past a thin layer of clay, and the water table's very high. (I'm actually just a couple of miles from the swamps that the real Swamp fox from The Patriot hid from the British in.)
Anyway, I've got a shallow well pitcher pump setup now, which sure beats having to haul all my water in. Thanks for the advice and interest earlier! (And my apologies for the long-winded post. I guess spending so much time alone in the woods has that effect!)