Has anyone used a 'Hydra Drill' from Deep Rock Mfg. to drill a well?

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I'm in need of drilling a well on my property and have read about a DIY method using a product called a 'Hydra Drill' from Deep Rock Mfg. Co. I wondered if anyone knew anything about them or had any experience with using their product? Will their method likely pass whatever building and health inspections are required? I'm just looking to do this as inexpensively as possible but don't want to sacrifice my health or end up with an inferior system because of it. Thanks for any help you can offer.

-- Gary in Indiana (gk6854@aol.com), August 05, 2001


There's a lot of information in the older messages - worth reading when you've got time, and worth looking at when you want to know something - good chance the question has already been answered. Go down to the the "Older Messages" at the bottom of the current messages, go to the section called "Water", scan through it looking for relevant threads (they are there).

Normally I'd say do a search (use the "Ctrl" and "F" (for find) keys together, enter the word you want to search for (say "drill" or "Hydra")), search and keep searching (find next) until you've reached the end. However in this case I think just scanning by eye might be better.

-- Don Armstrong (darmst@yahoo.com.au), August 05, 2001.

I've heard varying reports on Deep Rock drill. Rocks are apparently a problem.

I would recommend checking with your watermaster's office, or health department, or whoever is the appropriate agency in your area.

Here in Orygun, we are permitted to do our own well, but for obvious reasons, are required to construct the well to fairly rigorous standards. If you don't do it correctly, you can be forced to REDRILL the top twenty feet, all the way around the casing, and grout this donut shaped hole. I've done it, when I worked for a well driller, and it's a real bitch!

There are lots of other caveats, as well; make sure you know what you're doing.


-- jumpoff joe (jumpoff@echoweb.net), August 05, 2001.

Those drills will do a good job in an area without rocks is what I have heard. drilshop.com is a drilling sight that has a few for sale now and then and a message board too. The little "post hole digger" style machine just does not have the down pressure to cut rock. As to meeting state regulations- If those rules include a certain size dia hole that the drill can't produce then I guess your out of luck. In Missouri we need a 6 " casing to 80 ft. Properly grouted in. That means a 8 or 9 inch bore 80 ft deep. That's quite a bit for a 5 hp digger turning 80 ft of stem. D.

-- Don (dairyagri@yahoo.com), August 08, 2001.

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