The Water Well Thread

Discussion in 'Workshop and Home Improvement' started by Hojack, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. Hojack

    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    Watertight welds are important
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    Nice work! Every earthquake up here rattles the pump around and clouds up the water for a week or so.
     
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    Mr Cimarron DRIVE, BREAK, FIX, REPEAT SILVER Star

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    Do you ever install any hand pumps? I have thought about it for when the power is down. My grandparents still have the old hand pump from when they didn’t have plumbed water. This was well before my time but my mom remembers using it when she was young. Now it’s just a nice thing to look at in the old pump room now used more as a mud room entering the house.
    The progression was from hand pump, to windmill, to the modern electric pump. Love that ranch house.
     
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  4. Hojack

    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    I have a Baker Monitor Handpump on my personal well at home.
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    I’ve installed about a 100 of them for residential, Oregon Dept. of Forestry and US Forest Service Campgrounds.
     
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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    How deep is your well? Is the well cased all the way?
     
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    about 155ft deep cased all the way, pump hung at 125ft. Was on galvanized pipe but changed to plastic at pump failure a few years ago.
     
  7. Hojack

    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    Installation of 4” PVC liner which sleeves the inside of the 6”’steel casing.
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    Liner is set deep enough to install the pitless adapter.
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    Cut hole with Oxy/ acetylene torch for pitless adapter.
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    Pump hangs on the pitless adapter which allows water is exit below surface and prevent waterline from freezing.
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    Competed upgrade with State Well ID tag that allows anybody to pull up log number and see Well construction and any alterations. Because this well was drilled in the 1950s no log exists. This well will now have the stats entered that we took today.
     
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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    To prevent shaking or torque on the drop pipe there are torque stops. As far as the cloudiness after earthquakes must be an unstable formation where your getting water. Is the well casing perforated?
     
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    Almost everyone in the Anchorage area with a well had cloudy water. As far as I know the casing was not perforated.
     
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    Depth - 90 FT
    GPM - 10, clear as glass
    Pump - 1.0HP
    Drilled with cable tool method which was pretty awesome to watch. Looked like something from the 1800's.

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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    How do you like the Grundfos SQE constant pressure system?
     
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    I have no issues with it other than it not holding constant pressure. I usually have the system locked down at 60psi on the Grundfos control panel and the gauge after the tank fluctuates between 50-95 when not pumping, not exactly constant pressure.....According to Grundfos, it is normal for about a 10% fluctuation but I am having much more than 10%. Been this way since new (about 3 years ago). I am not happy with the installation as well. The main line from the tank to my Kinetico whole house system should be parallel to the wall and mine is definitely not parallel to the wall. Where the pipe comes out of the wall (from the well pump) the main line is like 4" from the wall and by the time the line gets down to the horizontal red lever it is like 8" from the wall??????????? Stevie Wonder must have been the installer.
     
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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    I’d get a larger pressure tank to stop the pressure fluctuations. Do you have a high static water level in the well?
     
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    How can I tell? Would be good to know.
     
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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    Do you have a well report?
     
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    Is that something that the well driller should have supplied to me when he completed his work? I can always give him a call and ask for one otherwise.
     
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    Hojack “Roads...where we’re going we don’t need roads”

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    In Oregon they are required on every well drilled. It’s filed through the state of Oregon water resources. I can look up the well ID tag and find everything about that well.
     
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    Ok, I will find out and post the info. Thx
     
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    4” Badger flow meter with Inov8 register for a community well system. The meter register has a Verizon signal and sends the info to your computer to keep track of water usage. Very cool technology. Plumbed it in with 4” galvanized pipe and 3” wirsbo. Preparing the installation of the meter.
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    Lining up the meter so I know where to cut the existing 3” wirsbo.
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    Using our 3” wirsbo gun to expand the pipe and wirsbo ring.
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    Finished up install with the remote register to log and send the data.
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    Thanks for starting this thread. Wells can be a black hole to many of us.

    We have a private well at our house in Gardnerville Nevada. It was tested and evaluated by a highly regarded well company when we purchased the property, and all the tests results were good. Unfortunately, the report is at the house, and I'm in SoCal.

    I'll post well info when we are in Nevada next week.

    I do have a couple of filter and treatment questions if you don't mind?

    Our water is a little hard, but not terrible, and since we are on septic, would prefer not to put a lot salt in the system. So no softening. Mineral deposits will buildup if fixtures are not cleaned regularly. We also have some iron and get a little H2s smell when the water has sat in lines. Our neighbor has an Iron Breaker tank in his system. Is this something you can comment on?

    Also, we need a new sediment filter. So we are considering a full water treatment upgrade. Do you have a preference in systems and types?

    We are thinking to add RO in kitchen only.

    Our house, exterior faucets and irrigation are on one supply line.

    Thanks
     
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