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#5776490 - 06/06/15 11:35 AM solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy
sillyhorses Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Seadrift/Plainview,Mn/SnCanada
So I seen on you-tube how to dig a water well by hand, and thought I'd try it. Purchased a solar pump off ebay & materials at local hardware store. My land is here on the coast, with a shallow water table I hit water at 13 feet.
Dug the pond area.


digging equipment.


digging the well hole.


hit water


installed 6" pipe for casing.

installed pump, solar panel, hose,

Presto------- water!!

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#5776501 - 06/06/15 11:46 AM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
sillyhorses Offline
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Missed this pic of the materials used. If any of you have questions about doing this, check out videos on youtube. Pretty informative. It would be hard to do anyplace rocky or deep water table.
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#5776549 - 06/06/15 12:38 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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cheers Some high-tech... We spent income-tax money for a 63 foot water well.. Before that we hauled water... rofl that brings back memories.... if had the money could convert it ta solar power ... Good info... flag
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#5776615 - 06/06/15 01:36 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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cheers Was it salty at all?
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#5776706 - 06/06/15 03:03 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 8790
Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
Were you required to register your well? State, county, etc. Any type permits?
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#5776713 - 06/06/15 03:13 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
There has been a lot of wells dug with that rig in Abilene, on eth northwest side of town water is about 18 to 22 feet down. Our well is 25 feet deep, the water table is at about 18 during normal years.
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#5776727 - 06/06/15 03:30 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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My first cousin dug one by hand in north west Abilene on Yorktown street about 45 years ago and made a well but it cost him a double hernia surgery.

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#5776780 - 06/06/15 04:19 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 01/19/11
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That is cool.
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#5776812 - 06/06/15 04:40 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 11/20/13
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Thanks for sharing.

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#5776908 - 06/06/15 05:46 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
Pretty cool photos and idea. Wouldn't work here though, best water around 300'
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#5777502 - 06/07/15 10:29 AM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
EddieWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1374
Loc: Tyler, TX
That's just awesome!!! I've been looking into doing the same thing to fill up a tank to water my garden. Who did you buy from and how many gallons an hour are you able to get?

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#5778409 - 06/07/15 09:35 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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I never tasted the water, as it would be considered "brackish", and guessing it would be salty being just off the Gulf. The solar pump I got off ebay, and seems to be halfway quality material though they are all made in china so "buyer beware". Those cheaper plastic ones look worthless, so go with a stainless even though more $$. The digger & other materials came from the local lumber yard. Gallons per minute depends on depth of well, pump brand, sunshine, ect. Mine is about 35 gallon/minute. My pump came as a kit with everything enclosed and I got it for $225 on ebay. I have no ideal what it actually listed for.

Surprisingly, it seems to be working pretty good.
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#5778447 - 06/07/15 09:59 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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If you intend to use it as a stock tank it can be slightly brackish, less than 4000 ppm for cattle, otherwise it's a duck pond
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#5778459 - 06/07/15 10:07 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
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Registered: 07/18/13
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Loc: Ontario, Grey County
Nice work.

Coincidentally, last week I was working at a gold mine on the Barwick Road not too far from Sioux Narrows. - nice country and loads of walleye.
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#5778475 - 06/07/15 10:15 PM Re: solar water well Do-It-Yourself pic heavy [Re: sillyhorses]
sillyhorses Offline
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Small world, hey Hirogen?? Barwick road, would that be the Blackhorse mine? My camp is out on Dryberry Lake, just up the river from Berry Lake. A long-g-g way from Texas!
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