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Old 05-04-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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Is it possible to cheaply dig a well with Diy?


I'm not sure if this is the right category or not, please let me know otherwise.

My question is about digging wells without paying thousands and thousands for contractors. Is it possible? And is ideal? Like will I likely succeed and do you have any suggestions on where I could rent or buy the tools for it?

I came across the idea by watching a couple youtube videos about it.
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#1 Y tube videos are useless.
#2, You have chosen to not include your location, what you plan on using this water for.
So not sure how your going to get anything but a bunch of guesses.
No way can I imagine someone renting something to drill a well.
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It all depends on the water table in your area. In my neighborhood you could drive a well point in about 30 feet or less and draw water---there was a pitcher pump in the old shack on my property,

However, this is shallow well--and subject to seasonal changes--loaded with iron and easily contaminated.

I had a deeper well drilled---185 feet--good water and plenty of it.

Several neighbors still have shallow wells---seldom have problems.

Google 'driven wells'--that will get you started---
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I dunno man... Youtube is pretty good when it comes to howto videos and Diy stuff. I actually watched someone find their own well using some hand tools.

The water would be hooked up to a house for normal house stuff. Sorry, I just thought that would be assumed.

I wrote that I'm from Canada when I signed up, but if it needs to be more specific, I'm from NB.
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A friend just had a well hand dug and lined with brick---I believe he said it was 10 meters deep(30 feet?) This is in Jalisco Mexico---That is a lot of work!
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Thank you Mike! I will check that out.
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NB? you might be able to drive a well---have you asked any locals with old houses if they have shallow wells?
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I'm googling it now as we speak. But so do those not got any further than 30 feet or something?
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Nope not yet. But you think living in nb is a good sign?
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I moved this to 'plumbing' for you----

I don't know a lot about driven wells---I do know that the local farm supply store sells well points---so the farmers must still be punching shallow wells---

I did watch a fellow pound one 40 feet before the rig bent the pipe---we have a lot of rocks here--he picked a bad spot for that one---
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Oops I misread your last comment that is good. I actually haven't bought the land yet. I'm in the process of buying it but it'sy first time and I'm trying to get an idea of what it will cost to develop the land before I purchase. So haven't asked neighbors yet but maybe that's a good idea tho
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All depends on the local terrain--but NB is a wet state---so I would guess many areas have high water tables---driven wells only work in dirt,clay or gravel--but not in rock--what is under the soil there?

My valley was under a glacier --so we have sand and gravel---miss the big rocks and you can pound a shaft down to the water.
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Oops I misread your last comment that is good. I actually haven't bought the land yet. I'm in the process of buying it but it'sy first time and I'm trying to get an idea of what it will cost to develop the land before I purchase. So haven't asked neighbors yet but maybe that's a good idea tho
Call a local well driller---they will tell you where the various aquifers are.

Here---20 to 45 feet is the first one---next starts at about 70---That's the one I'm using--well is drilled to 130 feet--pump set at 85

Next aquifer is about 300 feet---that is the one the near by village taps into.

Best to ask before you buy---my brother bought a place in Idaho ,years ago--when he finally drilled his well--360 feet before he hit good water.

We all sent money to help him out----went way over his budget--
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Call a local well driller---they will tell you where the various aquifers are.

Here---20 to 45 feet is the first one---next starts at about 70---That's the one I'm using--well is drilled to 130 feet--pump set at 85

Next aquifer is about 300 feet---that is the one the near by village taps into.

Best to ask before you buy---my brother bought a place in Idaho ,years ago--when he finally drilled his well--360 feet before he hit good water.

We all sent money to help him out----went way over his budget--
On a computer now Makes it a bit easier to type.

I've never even heard of an aquifer here until you mentioned it in this post. But that's a good idea. So you're saying maybe if I contact some well drillers around the area they will have an idea of how deep I would potentially have to dig (for a good well) or any other issues that could arise.

It's frustrating because I'm dealing with a real estate agent and I've asked him a few times now for additional information as well as a land survey and haven't had much luck getting anything from him. There was apparently a land survey done recently and it sounds like I'm not able to get a hold of it unless I buy first... according to the responses I've gotten back to him anyways.. I'm really new to this and some of the terminology is way over my head. Willing to learn though
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I read your other thread--your intention is to set up a temporary structure before you build the house---if so, then a shallow driven well should be enough to handle your needs----you might even use a hand opperated pump like our grand parents did in the old days---you must find out about the local soil and geology.

If your property sits on a limestone bed---driving a well may not be an option.
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