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How to get water from a drilled well when the power is off.

Most homesteaders get their water from private, drilled wells. Most private wells use electric pumps. Ordinary buckets won't fit in a (commonly) 6" well casing. Therefore, without electricity, most homesteaders won't have water.

We thought the solution to this would be a "well bucket" that fits drilled wells as small as 5". Apparently, many others had the same thought. The item was backordered and it took almost a month to get delivery.

By then I had put together a home-made one, from parts available at the local hardware store.

Then we discovered that neither one would work in our well. Although both easily fit into the casing, they did not fit past the plumbing plumbing, piping systems inside buildings for water supply and sewage. The Romans had a highly developed plumbing system; water was brought to Rome by aqueducts and distributed to homes in lead pipes—hence the name plumbing from the Latin word plumbum .

What now?

At the Midwest Renewable Energy Renewable energy utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation.  Fair last summer, an anonymous visitor dropped a sheet of plans for an interesting-looking simple hand pump on the table at the COUNTRYSIDE booth. We built one.

It consisted of an off-the-shelf foot valve 1. (Mech.) A suction valve or check valve at the lower end of a pipe; esp., such a valve in a steam-engine condenser opening to the air pump.  and some PVC PVC: see polyvinyl chloride.
 in full polyvinyl chloride

Synthetic resin, an organic polymer made by treating vinyl chloride monomers with a peroxide.
 pipe and fittings. The only tool needed was a saw, to cut one section of pipe to length. (The water level in the well was at 20 feet. We made the total length of the pipe, including foot valve and fittings, about three feet longer, so the foot valve would be under water and there would still be a foot or so of pipe above the top of the well casing.)

We uncapped the well and inserted the pipe and foot valve. It went past the electric pump with room to spare.

To pump water, we grasped the top of the pipe, and plunged it up and down.

On the downstroke, water entered the pipe via the foot valve. On the upstroke, the foot valve held the water in the pipe. On the next downstroke, the water level inside the pipe rose. Eventually, it rose high enough to spill out Verb 1. spill out - be disgorged; "The crowds spilled out into the streets"
spill over, pour out

pour, pullulate, swarm, teem, stream - move in large numbers; "people were pouring out of the theater"; "beggars pullulated in the plaza"
 the top, where it ran into a hose and down into our waiting container.

Once the flow started, it took about a minute-and-a-half to pump a gallon. (It pumps on the downstroke only.) It was work, but it was the solution we were looking for Looking for

In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with.

By attaching a hook near the top, this pump can be stored in the well without interfering with the electric pump and regular plumbing. If the power goes out, all we have to do is remove the well cap and start pumping.

If the power is off for a long period, or if larger quantities of water are needed for livestock or other uses, it would be helpful to have this pump rigged to some kind of wind or pedal pedal /ped·al/ (ped´'l) pertaining to the foot or feet.

Of or relating to a foot or footlike part.
 power. But even hand-operated, it's an amazingly simple solution to a perplexing per·plex  
tr.v. per·plexed, per·plex·ing, per·plex·es
1. To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt. See Synonyms at puzzle.

2. To make confusedly intricate; complicate.

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1 ea. 3" PVC pipe 36" long             $1.93
1 ea. PVC couple 1-1/2" x 3"
(reducer)                               2.79
1 seat, disk screw type
(toilet tank)                           2.89
1-1/2" x 1/8" x 48" flat bar stock      2.19
1 ea. 24" heavy wire (for handle)
1 ea. 6" piece valley tin                .00
(for seat disk bar guide)                .00
       Total                           $9.80

Drill a 1/8" hole in the bar stock, 1/2" from one end, and put a 90 [degrees] bend 1" from that end.

Make 90 [degrees] bends 3" and 1" from the other end to form a handle. Screw seat disk to handle.

In PVC pipe, drill 1/ 4" hole 1" from end, all the way through, for the wire handle. Bend the valley tin to fit inside the PVC and drill holes to match those in the PVC. Make a slot about 1/4" x 3/4" in middle of valley tin to slide over handle to hold it in place.

Assemble all the pieces and glue glue: see adhesive.

Adhesive substance resembling gelatin, extracted from animal tissue, particularly hides and bones, or from fish, casein (milk protein), or vegetables.
 the reducer to the bottom of the PVC. Be sure the disk seat moves up and down.

Use your imagination and whatever you have laying around and I'm sure you can improve on this.

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This hand pump is as simple as a paper clip -- and just as ingenius. Just buy the parts, put them together, and start pumping! It took us about 20 minutes to put one together -- and it cost less than $20.

The exploded view An illustration in which all the elements of an assembly are slightly separated from each other, enabling each element to be viewed independently. Pie charts are a type of business graphic that is also shown in an exploded view, where all pieces of the pie are separated from each other.  at left shows the (from top) hose adaptor An alternate spelling of "adapter." See adapter.

(tool) Adaptor - (Automatic DAta Parallelism TranslatOR) A source to source transformation tool that transforms data parallel programs written in Fortran 77 with array extensions, parallel loops, and layout directives to
; pipe adaptor; pipe (the short section here is for demonstration: it must be long enough to reach the water level in your well); another adaptor; and the foot valve.

Not shown is the guide sleeve
Sleeve (O. Eng. slieve, or slyf, a word allied to slip, cf. Dutch sloof) is that part of a garment which covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips.
 (which increases efficiency, and keeps the pump away from the regular plumbing and wiring in the well), and the hooks and cord that enable you to leave this pump in the well, ready to use in an emergency.


Ed. note: We have learned that this pump was designed by Keith Hendricks, who lives in "northwestern Ohio." He has distributed thousands of copies of the plans at survival expos (and the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair). This is exactly the kind of ingenuity -- and community spirit -- we've been saying will be an essential part of homesteading Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. History
North America
In the United States, the Homestead Act (1862) allowed anyone to claim up to 160 acres (64.7 hm²) of land.
 in the future!
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 1, 1999
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