pulling a well

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O.k. bear with me. We have a well in our back yard it has 2 seperate pipes going down and the pump moter is uptop.Someone told me I would have to pull it and get electricity to it. I know nothing about this and can not afford to pay someone to come and do it. I am really hand and have helped pull a well at our old house. My question is, I need a book with really indepth and easy to follow instructions. Also I need information on a small solar powered unit to pump the water to the house. (Also someone said it had a cintrifical(SPelling?) pump.What is this?

-- Micheale from SE Kansas (mbfrye@totelcsi.net), October 22, 2001


I'd be interested in this information also. I want to go completely off grid and that includes electricity to my water well. Someone told me that a handpump for the well will only work if it's a shallow well and that a windmill would be necessary for anything deep. How do I find out how deep my well is? I have 3 wells on my place and want to at least turn one into a hand operated thing. One well, we're not sure of, though. It is covered by an old pan and brick, so it may be contaminated. By the way, if this is an open access to my water and can be contaminated by someone who knows it's there, is this the same water source I'm using for my house that is on the same 20 acre plot? This old well site was from a burned out homestead from a while back. Also, the water from the well to our house has been putting out water that has started tasting somewhat metallic for about a year now. Does this mean that the well is drying up? Thanks, Iris

-- Iris (Sar_India@msn.com), October 22, 2001.

www.pumpline.com has a forum for centrifugal pumps. It explains how centrifugal pumps work and much, much more. If you need expert advice, it looks like you'll get it there.

-- Rebekah in Canada (rebekah_swinden@hotmail.com), October 22, 2001.

Sounds like you have a JET pump on your well. The pump pushes water down one pipe past a FOOT Valve at the bottom and it forms a vacume and pushes the water back up the second pipe to your pressure tank. It's really simple, not to many things to go wrong except the FOOT Valve geting dirt in the valve and not wanting to pump.

-- Herb Miller (hwmil@aol.com), October 22, 2001.

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