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Log and Chain Well Pump
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Brian G. NY    Posted 08-15-2001 at 11:02:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend of mine just found a spoked sprocket with a shaft and hand crank attached to it. Neither she nor her husband could identify it. I immediately recognized it as the sprocket from an old "log & chain" (I think that's what they called them) water pump for use on shallow hand dug wells. I know because I have the remnants of one myself. This type of pump was the only source of water we had up until about 1951 when we finally got indoor running (cold only) water. I wanted to find a picture of one so I could show it to her but I don't have one of our old well and I have not been able to even find any references to one on a bunch of searches on the internet. Anybody know what I'm talking about? Anybody got a picture they could share? The Pump "housing" was made of wood (about 4'H X 1'D X 1-1/2'W) and sat directly over the hole in the "wellstone" that covered the dug well. A continuous chain ran over the sprocket, down into the well and up thru a commercially made hollow wooden pipe (log). Every few links there was a rubber bell shaped cup that fit snugly in the "log". As the crank was turned, water was drawn up thru the "log" until it came to an opening to which was attached a cast iron snout mounted on the side of the well at just the right height to allow a pail to be placed under it. These pumps worked well and would pump a large volume of water if the crank were turned a a good speed. They were a PIA when the chain broke and had to be threaded back down thru the well opening and up thru the "log" again. I'd love to hear from anybody who remembers using one as I did as a kid. A picture would "make my day"!!

Dori Scull    Posted 05-20-2003 at 18:19:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a well, and i'm looking for a way to tap into my well with the hand pump i bought, In case i lose power.If you have any help id truely be greatiful. thank you and GOD bless mrs.scull

chuck    Posted 08-16-2001 at 17:38:52       [Reply]  [No Email]

chuck    Posted 08-15-2001 at 18:17:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
try this link

Brian G. NY    Posted 08-16-2001 at 06:11:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Chuck, The link didn't show; would you try again? Thanks.

bill bva    Posted 08-15-2001 at 16:45:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]

they were also used in cisterns to bring up the water .

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