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Could use some help with hand pumps....

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by enough, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. enough

    enough Monkey++

    I'm interested in getting a back up hand pump for my drilled home well. I'm not sure where to begin.

    Ideally, I'd love to have a bolt on system that tops my existing system, but I don't know if that will work. I've never really looked into the workings of a residential well system.

    I have ~180' well, fairly clean with just some iron in the water. I have filtration covered already. I'm really looking for SUPPLY! :)

    I guess to be more direct, can I adapt a hand pump that is rated for 200+' to work with the existing pip and cylinder? Or, does a handpump use a different type of cylinder? Any recommendations for types, adapters, and parts that tend to wear out?
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Not enough info to tell for sure, but my first guess is not. There is (probably) a smaller pipe inside the well casing that will (probably) interfere with something else you try to push down alongside. Then, there are (probably) centering rings on the pipe as well to aggravate you further. 180 ft. (probably) has a submersible pump hanging on the end of the pipe, so there are wires running down hole, too. Chances are pretty good you would have to pull the existing pump to put a hand pump in, and both operations need lifting gear. Not a DYI task unless you are pretty well equipped.

    I think you'll be better off with a different backup source. Like you, my well is deep (pump is at 515 feet, water at 140, low permeable rock.) My backup is a gennie, or when desperate for water, a bucket at the river.
  3. enough

    enough Monkey++

    I live in an area with lots of water in general. I just happen to live on the top of the highest hill. I could certainly take a bucket to the creek/lake, but I'd like the option of staying undercover as much as possible.

    It just dawned on me that I should grab my drilling report and see what they found an where. If I could get water at 50', and then filter, I should be okay. Thoughts on that?

    Thanks for the above reply too! :)
  4. Rancher

    Rancher Specialist

  5. enough

    enough Monkey++

    Thanks Rancher, those look real nice. I'll be contacting them for sure. I want to make sure I am reading the site correctly. :)
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