Last night as soon as I was all soaped up in the shower the water
stopped. Not really asking any questions, I've troubleshooted it to the
pump, power going down and I hear a hum but no water, not even after it
sat turned off for 8 hours. I think it's about 700' down so it takes a
small crane to pull it. They are coming out on a Saturday and wanted to
remind me that the rate is higher on Saturdays. Damn I like this small
company... $75/hour on weekends. $60/hour weekdays. And I believe that
is with TWO men! They were out here 4 or so years ago during the week
fixing some lightning fried wires at $60/hour with 2 men.
Wish me luck. I guess I'm already lucky with 2 skilled men for $75/hour.
Mine went out a few weeks ago. Motor going bad, drew too much current
and would shut off if high demand. Fortunately I could get enough water
to see through weekend. Pump and motor warranty were separate so it did
not cost an arm and a leg - just an arm ;)
On Sat, 29 Jan 2011 14:26:52 -0700, Robert Neville wrote:
I'm lucky in having a surface-mounted jet pump, I suppose. Motor was
manufactured in 1977 - not sure if the pump is as old, but I know the
well was put in sometime around 1985 (may have been '86) so I assume it's
got a fair few hours on the clock, too.
I really should to add some lube to the bearings (no idea when it was
last done; we've only been here three years) but the wick's missing from
the little oil filler at the motor's tail end - anyone know if I can just
drop a couple of drops of oil down the hole and call it good? It's not
obvious how to lube the front bearing of the motor, either - there's no
obvious oiling point on the motor itself, but there is a tiny brass screw
on the attached pump casing - perhaps this hides an oil passage down to
the bearing (or alternatively maybe I'll remove it and get water shooting
into my face ;-)
I've been here 35 years and this is the third time well has needed work
but, original pump lasted ~ 25 years, replacement lasted about 7 years
and its only been little over 3 years til this incident. Also during
time period, I had to replace pressure tank twice. In spite of these
costs, well has probably been cheaper than municipal water if available.
Other poster mentioned 10 years and from my experience and observation
of neighbors, I'd say, that's about right.
For op, our development on one acre lots, has houses close enough to run
hose from outdoor faucet to outdoor faucet for water when well has problem.
As a kid we did that for our neighbor once. Just guessing at the
distance here... maybe 800 to 1200 feet? I'm sure I'd get good
pressure because they are about 100' above me! Anyway, it's all fixed
now, about 18 hours down time isn't bad since it's just me and I have
keys to my girlfriends house if I needed to finish my shower.
My parents had a deep well with the pump in the basement. When it went
bad my father would go to the hardware store, buy a new pump and install
it himself. Although his foot valve (one way valve) was under the
driveway and had to have that replace a couple of times. There is no
reason not to have the one way valve in the basement too.
When mine goes bad I'm changing it over to have the pump and foot valve
in the basement. That way I don't have to hire two people at $75 an hour
to bring up a pump and replace it.
Technology is supposed to make your life easier, not more difficult.
Can anybody think of an advantage of putting a pump in the bottom of a
well with 400 feet of wire to run it?
The basement located jet pumps aren't very popular these days, just for
some relatively shallow wells. Submersible pumps are preferred in most
cases. With a submersible pump you only need one down pipe in the well,
they are silent since the pump is 100'+ underground, and they don't have
priming of cavitation issues generally. The motors are also liquid
cooled, so they tend to be higher performance as well.
One advantage of a pump at the bottom is that it works. If a pump at the
top puts a perfect vacuum on the pipe down the well you can only get the
water to lift 32 feet - a little sort of the 400 ft required. You can
use a jet pump, with 2 pipes down the well and the jet at the bottom.
You can put the pump at the bottom with a 400 foot shaft to a motor on
the top. Or you can use a submersible pump that pumps the water 400 feet
up from the bottom.
On 1/29/2011 11:23 PM, hr(bob) firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, sort of. The 2nd man was about an hour late. The bill shows 3
hours labor at $75/hour, total labor $225. There was actually a total
of almost 6 man hours, not counting the time to go back to the shop and
get a different pump then what they brought.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.