Horizontal Well

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Deep Rock well drilling ecuipment has an attachment for drilling a horizontal well into a bank.I would imagine it would function like a spring.Does anyone have any experiance with this?Also maybe one could drive a sand point with the same results.

-- Keith Etheridge (grandpa@chipsnet.com), December 10, 2001


It seems to me that you would have a hard time determining if the horizontal well would actually get into the water table. I suppose if you have a high water table where you live it may work, but it would be less likely that you will hit water going horizontally, rather than vertically. I know where I live it would be very difficult, going horizontally, unless you lived at the bottom of a steep valley and had the hillside next to where you want the well.

Good luck, and keep us appraised as to your success in this endeavor.

Talk to you later.

-- Bob in WI (bjwick@hotmail.com), December 11, 2001.

Bob, I live in central Illinois although all the wells are drilled now, in the past most of the wells were dug and about twenty feet deep and lined with brick.About 100 yards from the ravine where I am thinking about trying this there was a dug well where there used to be a house. I think if I got a backhoe to dig into side of ravine a distance and then drilled or used a sand point I would end up with a spring.I don't know how a sand point would work in clay.I bought a post hole digger from Deep Rock Well Drilling Co. several several years ago and at that time they sold a horizontal drilling attachment. I don't know if they are still in business.I guess what I need most is has any one driven a sand poit in clay or used a Dee p Rock horizontal drill? Keith

-- Keith Etheridge (grandpa@chipsnet.com), December 11, 2001.

I live on the side of a fairly steep mountain. My neighbor drilled a horizantal well 1000 feet deep; his aim was to generate electricity from it. (that idea was pretty much doomed to fail) He got 10 gpm, but when he capped it off, the pressure blew out the grout, and he apparently drained the whole friggin aquifer, as the thing stabilized at less than 1/4 gallon per minute.

Nevertheless, I'd like to drill horizantally, but the driller turned his earnings into some kind of white powder, and lost the drill rig, I'm told.

Deep Rock seems a long shot, as we've got lots of boulders in the ground here. But if someone has one... (actually, Deep Rock tells me they no longer make them, as they required a two cycle engine, and they've gone exclusively to four cycle. Not enough demand for horizantals, I guess.

-- joj (jump@off.c), December 14, 2001.

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