Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Build Your Own Well Pump

This could come in handy! SRN

Got Water?

PARTS LIST BELOW. Got this idea from u-tuber Approtechie. He has a lot of good ideas. Use schedule 40 white PVC pipe. I don't have back up power here so this is my way of accessing my most convenient source of clean water if the power should go out for a long period of time. I used Teflon tape on any threaded joints. This cost about $70 to put together.
Parts List
Outer Pipe-One 11/4" plastic foot valve(Lowe's has them)
-One 11/4" adapter(slip x thread)
-As much 11/4" PVC pipe and couplings as needed
-One 11/4" x 1" Tee(slip)
-One 11/4" x 1" Bushing(slip)
-One 1" x 1/2" Bushing(slip) Trim the inside of this one.
Inner Pipe- One 3/4" Plastic foot valve
-One 3/4" Adapter(slip x thread) Trim the outside of this one.
-One 3" length of 3/4" pipe-sand one end to fit into 1"pipe
-About a 3ft. length of 1" pipe- this will be the piston
-One 1" x 1/2" Bushing(slip)
-As much 1/2" pipe and couplings as needed(1/4" holes drilled straight through pipe just above the piston)
-One 1/2"Tee(slip) + two short lengths of 1/2" with two 1/2"caps(slip) complete the handle.
I capped the handle off completely to trap air inside the upper portion of the 1/2" pipe because I didn't want to waste of energy lifting a lot of trapped water up and down. Also to force the water out the 11/4Tee. I was a little worried that the trapped air would make the inner pipe too buoyant so I did drill a hole in it about midway down. My well is pretty clean so I didn't put any kind of filter at the bottom. Some wells might need a finer screen than the one that comes with the foot valve( I think I've heard of people using sack cloth for this but not sure). For larger depths it might help to make the piston longer, maybe 5ft.
You tuber sameggers1: did a great video of his version!

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Build Your Own Well Pump

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