Dominic in Tyrrel County, North Carolina
for a successful well! Dominic is a commercial crabber
and needed a clean water supply to wash his crab pots.
The ditch in the background
leads to the Abermarle Sound where Dominic crabs. Also, please
note the proper priming and check valve arrangement.
Dominic's well is 25 feet deep and he reports seven Gallons Per
Minute output. Check out his description below:
I had a huge need for a water supply
in my remote location, to pressure wash my crab pots here in north
carolina. my 3750 psi pressure washer requires min 5 gpm. I have
over 7 gpm. i washed down a 2" pipe using a friends 2" wash pump.
dumped 3 5 gallon buckets of gravel down in, then pushed in a
5' well piont, followed by 20' of 1.25 pvc. i pulled up the 2"
letting the gravel fall around the well point, works great. it takes
about 15 gallons to get her primed right, so i use the 3 liter
funnel. Once again, thanks for all the advice and help. you have a
I asked him if
it was OK to post his pictures and his story. I thought you
might find it interesting.
Mike, yes you may post the pics and
story. I have no idea what so ever, the static water level here is.
i'm located in tyrrell county, NC. that ditch you see in the back
ground leads out to the Albemarle Sound, where i commercial crab. it
was out of shear necessity that I drilled this well, i did not want
to pump dirty ditch water into my pressure washer. That pump was a
"Northern Tool special" ... I use my generator to run it. I had a
very tough time getting the pump to prime right. so i installed the
1/4 turn shut off valve and added a "3 litter bottle funnel" once
its primed, it seems to keep it fine, but if i open the valve i will
have to reprime. this is a good thing so I can drain the pipes in
the winter when i'm not using the well and prevent cracked frozen
pipes. I filled several 5 gallon buckets with the water from
the well and after 2 hours of sitting, the water and buckets turned
orange. also there was an oily looking film floating on topwhich smelled of iron/sulfur. I
have no prior experience or knowledge of wells and how they work.
this has been educational, rewarding, and useful. i will be
installing another well at my home to water the garden and fruit
trees during the hot summer months. also my friend that lent me the
wash down pump wants one put on his farm. I have spoke with 2
of my neighbors and they use 12' wells that they self installed.
( 2' well point and two 5' sections of galvanized pipe) that leads
me to believe our water table is quite high. if you have any
questions feel free to ask and thanks again!