many homes with wells have more than one well. a new well was drilled
deeper in the past.
a ideal candidate for a hand pump looks all awesome and retro, and is
a back up for no power or bad pump situations:)
I entirely agree, but I have occasional tragedies of this nature,
mostly due to having the day job. Sometimes you just can't take off
because of deadlines and meetings and other obligations so you pay the
fee to have someone else do it.
Occasionally, I'll take off to fix something but sometimes I get
caught in the cascading repair syndrome. You may have done this too.
You're sure that Part A is causing the problem so you run up to the
parts store and get a new Part A. After installation, the thing still
doesn't work so you go back and get Part B. After installation, it
still doesn't work but it's lunchtime. After lunch, you go back to buy
Part C, which has to work because it's the only thing you haven't
replaced yet. You finish as the Sun sets and push the start button;
still no go. So you call the repairman and he comes out the next
morning and fixes it for $497. Plus the wasted day and $200 in Parts
A, B and C.
Yep, even paying plumber prices unless he had a long drive that fee
was out of line. Should have taken way less that 30 minutes to
replace the pressure switch. New pressure switches should be a
standard part of the stuff in his truck. Disconnect three wires,
unscrew old, screw on new, reconnect thee wires.
On personal stupidity. Last fall I had one replace the flush
mechanism on the toilet (Toto so I was unfamiliar with the system)
Turned out It was the usual simple replacement though. Then to
compound the problem I asked him to look at a frostfree standpipe that
would produce flow. Decided it needed replacement. He had his shovel
on his shoulder headed for it when I came to my senses and realized I
was about to pay plumber prices for sweat labor and stopped him.
Replaced it myself the next day at an hours work.
Besides what others have said, there are spacers every so often
attached to your piping and wiring that go down in the well to keep
them from vibrating against the well casing. In other words, there
isn't enough room to put more pipe or wires.
Forget it. It isn't worth the effort or expense.
Deep well hand pumps are at the bottom of the well,
operated by a rod that you work with a lever from the
top of the well. They have a counterweight to balance
the weight of the rod and part of the weight of the
water column, so they aren't impossible to operate, but
getting water by hand from that deep is a workout.
It would be much simpler and cheaper to install a
plastic tank cistern, elevated enough to give you some
gravity flow. Figure 200 gallons a day for family use,
so a 2000 gallon tank would serve you for at least 10
days. You can buy a spun poly tank that size for around
is pretty quick if you have the stuff ready. I don;t much care for a
submersible under a house etc, It needs a seperaet well house, well made
and insulated with switches and heaters and tall enough, if needed and
spare pum, small hoist arrangement, and water filter system or softner.
A well house is the next to last place to install the equipment (under
house is worst). You want that equipment where it is easily
serviceable and protectedf rom freezing without additional heat. Put
the pump controls, pressure tank and filters in the house if at all
possible. I worked on these systems off and one for 50 years. Hated
every one of those "crawl down into the well houise and try to find
room to work" abortions.
And had he put the 'works' in the basement he could have saved all
that expense...assuming he had a basement of course. Most reasonable
size houses with no basement have sufficient room to install the
'works' in whatever is used for the laundry. Doesn't take much.
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