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Old 06-05-2015, 05:42 PM
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First off, My house is 12' above sea level so I shouldn't have to go too far. Soil is soft and rock free. My seventy year old neighbor (who is far from a big DIYer) was telling me how he dug his own well a couple years ago. Unfortunately, he is off somewhere in his rv and won't be back til fall, but I want to dig one now.

I found this online. Is it as easy as this?
http://m.wikihow.com/Dig-a-Well

I have a guy coming out next week to test my existing well which I'm pretty sure doesn't hold water. I'm thinking of putting in irrigation and would like to use well water not city water.
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First of all you need to find out why your existing well isn't holding water.

Then there are permitting issues.
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Break out the "witching sticks".
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Are you talking about digging a well by hand? I wouldn't want to do it.
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The spear pump in my yard was done with one of these.

http://www.slurrpypumps.com/brochures/no2bs-front.pdf
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
Break out the "witching sticks".
No body laugh....... these sticks work.... My wife thought my Dad was crazy. Said water is right here. Sticks crossed. He handed her the sticks and said you do it as she thought it was a prank. When she crossed the same path, bingo, sticks crossed. Good well there too: Have found electrical lines and pipes this way.
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I wish I could remember as I was a teenager then. But I helped an older guy with a well years ago. He had a crude but very effective method. He had maybe a 10' tall tripod and he backed his car up to it jacked it up and put an old rim on the axel. he would let the car idle and loop the rope around the rim, that would cause the well point to raise up, when it got close to the top he would let the rope slack and the point would free fall. He would just repeat this until he was deep enough. I do remember it was a long way down, I believe over 100'.
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for house/drinking or landscape? if the former, make sure you know what you are doing last thing you want is dirty water or insufficient supply. if the latter, check your town rules, ours changed to all wells must be certified for house/drinking - don't want to kill any critters or the neighbors dog.... just about killed people doing wells around here.
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If some Chinaman starts cussing you from the bottom of the well, you've dug too deep.

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So many damn naysayers! Here I thought I was renting an auger tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Chimo1 View Post
The spear pump in my yard was done with one of these.

http://www.slurrpypumps.com/brochures/no2bs-front.pdf
That ad is fantastic. This is the sort of response I was looking for, thanks chimo.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
Are you talking about digging a well by hand? I wouldn't want to do it.
"O well, water ya gonna do.."
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I am on deepwater and had a well dug for irrigation purposes. The well dude told me you have to go deep to get past salty content and the iron in the water. Mine was 290 feet and still has a slight salt content, but not enough to hurt landscaping. I did put a filter on so as to not have clogs in the sprinkler heads which did happen in the beginning.
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So many damn naysayers! Here I thought I was renting an auger tomorrow.
Get that auger! Hell Columbus took a chance. What can happen?

Pics please.
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If you are talking about jetting or an auger, go for it. If you are talking about digging, forget it!
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
First off, My house is 12' above sea level so I shouldn't have to go too far. Soil is soft and rock free. My seventy year old neighbor (who is far from a big DIYer) was telling me how he dug his own well a couple years ago. Unfortunately, he is off somewhere in his rv and won't be back til fall, but I want to dig one now.

I found this online. Is it as easy as this?
http://m.wikihow.com/Dig-a-Well

I have a guy coming out next week to test my existing well which I'm pretty sure doesn't hold water. I'm thinking of putting in irrigation and would like to use well water not city water.

My neighbor used this method to dig his well. He only had to go about 12 feet and did two wells.

Be careful as the water in you area that deep(12 feet or so) will stain your house or driveways/walkways orange or a rust color (iron in the water) if the water gets on it. At least that is what I have seen with shallow wells in your area.

My neighbor has had no issues with these wells for irrigation.
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Originally Posted by Snoozin View Post
Get that auger! Hell Columbus took a chance. What can happen?

Pics please.
But on a serious note, please call 811 first.
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Intrigued by the Slurrpy. Makes me want to add a second well. Looks like it would work for jetting in pilings as well

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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
Break out the "witching sticks".
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No body laugh....... these sticks work.... My wife thought my Dad was crazy. Said water is right here. Sticks crossed. He handed her the sticks and said you do it as she thought it was a prank. When she crossed the same path, bingo, sticks crossed. Good well there too: Have found electrical lines and pipes this way.
I used to laugh too until I saw it with my own two eyes - then did it with my own two hands. Divining rods work. We usually use #6 or #8 copper with a 90 bent to make a handle. Finds everything we ever tried to find that wouldn't locate electronically.

We had a guy kick us out of his yard once for using "witchcraft". It was hilarious.

Shit works though.
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Back in the day, I worked for a city, and watched a supervisor teaching a new employee in the water/sewer dept how to 'witch'. Don't know how it works but they used it to find pipes back before all the fancy stuff they now have.
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