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Old 09-17-2012, 01:54 PM   #16
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The professional came out and replaced the plastic connector that I was unable to loosen. He essentially broke it off at the well casing then used a torch to melt it enough to get the rest of it out. Replaced it with a stainless nipple, reconnected the pipe and I now have water again. Cost me $170. I guess it would have been much more if he had to do the digging! I hope I'm good for another 30 years. Thank you all very much for talking me through this. Very helpful to know I am not alone in cursing pitless well systems.
Not bad, coulda been way worse.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:33 AM   #17
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I thought you guys would want to know that my well started leaking immediately after my next door neighbor had a geothermal system installed. The well of the neighbor on the other side of the geothermal house also started leaking. For a while, we thought it was just a particularly wet spell and the ground was saturated. It wasn't until the well was leaking during a dry spell (and all of the plants around the well head were growing like wild fire!), that I realized that something was wrong with the well. Could the installation of the geothermal system have caused underground vibrations that cracked that plastic connector on my well? We are in a very rocky area. I would not try to get restitution from the neighbor. I am just curious.

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Anything is possible. I never use those plastic connectors for the poly pipe. I can never get them to seal properly. Always use the metal ones.
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I suppose a well being drilled near yours could have caused a problem, but no way to prove. Frankly I was surprised that your pitless adapter is plastic, the ones I have seen were solid brass.
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After reading Joed's post I realized you were talking about the barb insert fitting not the pitless adapter itself. Your well man replacing with a metal one did well by you.

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