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Cosmo    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:08:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have heard and read of driving a 2" wellpoint to a depth of 30' or more by hand labor. So the question I hesitate to ask, would it be possible to drive a 4" wellpoint with a tractor mounted post driver to a sufficient depth to supply household water? Any comments welcome. The good, the bad, the ugly. Thanx

Cosmo    Posted 01-07-2004 at 12:40:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks to all who replied. I think I will try a couple of joints just to satisfy my own curiosity. Otherwise I'll always wonder. If it works I'll be sure to brag. If not I'll keep it under my hat. :}

TB    Posted 01-06-2004 at 18:34:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not saying it isn't posable Just whare I live. We hit bedrock at about 12'

Cosmo    Posted 01-07-2004 at 15:33:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Rock isn't much of a problem here. But oh that Georgia clay!

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:42:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cosmo, when I lived in East Texas, sandy soil, I hand drilled a well. I used a hand twist-type auger that was intended for a twist post hole digger. It made about a 6 inch hole. It had 3/4 inch pipe threads on it. I kept screwing 4 ft lengths of pipe on it. I wnet down about 40 ft and hit my first water sand. It was slow, took about three long days. Had to pul it up about every foot to clean the dirt out of the auger. The real problem came when I hit the sand. It would just fall out of the auger and I coundn't figure out how to go any more. That and the fact that I had started just pulling the pipe out in 20 ft sections to speed it up. I would just lean it up against a tree, clean the auger and put it back in the hole. I let the top of it (20 ft in the air) get away from me once, touched power line and it lit me up. Lucky to live. I gave up after that. The point is tho, yes you can hand drive or drill your own well if the soil is not too hard and water is close enough.

Cosmo    Posted 01-07-2004 at 15:28:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, it sounds like you had a real close call. That would make me give up too. Thanks for your information.

Ron,Ar    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]

here is what I used.

john botkin    Posted 05-01-2004 at 19:16:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i'm looking for this "twist" style posthole digger. i cannot seem to find any for sale. do you know a store or website where i pick one up?


Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:30:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have ever heard of a sand pump ? Depending on your soil , you can get your pipe started 2" or 4" what ever . Then take a piece of pipe the fits inside of it put some water in the bigger pipe and keep dropping the little pipe inside it untill it fills up with sand . have a rope on it , pull it out and knock the sand out of it tap the big pipe down and keep doing that untill you get your depth . then you'll have to drop your screen and all the stuff that goes in the bottom of the pipe later
Remember water don't stand on water so you'll know when you hit water

Cosmo    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:26:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Lazy Al. Yes I have heard of sand pumps but that's about it. I live on clay so I doubt if any method other than drilling will work. Just wondering if anyone other than me was foolish enough to try it.

deadcarp    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:39:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
that's a new one on me - we have 4 feet of sand over 2 feet of gravel over rocks so i'll try that in the spring - of couse the assessor thinks it's all solid gold but hooda hellis he? :)

bob    Posted 01-06-2004 at 16:10:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
why a four in ? a one and quartr will supply most water needs so feel 2 in would more thah efficent

Cosmo    Posted 01-06-2004 at 17:15:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why a four inch? I would have to use a submersible pump. The water level in my 60' bored well is now about 30' and in the summer it is much lower.

jerry    Posted 01-08-2004 at 06:44:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
then put in a two inch drive point down to the sixty feet, then install a " deep well" jet pump .it will do all you want it to. more economicley.

Cosmo    Posted 01-08-2004 at 14:20:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Jerry.

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