John in Brandon,
for a successful well!
John's well is 29 feet, six inches deep. He has a standing water level of
14 feet. Actually this is John's second well. He dropped
his pipe wrench down the first one after drilling down to 19 feet.
Many of us are familiar with that problem!
As you can see
below, John has attached a pitcher pump to his well. It
certainly looks like it is producing great! He reports 3 GPM
with his hand pump and says it would pump a lot more. He
is using a 1.25 inch wellscreen point that is 36 inches long.
John's well in action.
John said he was into some talcum powder consistency grey sand,
then some pearl white sand at 20 feet. Then he went
through some river gray sand. Near the 25 foot level
drilling became extremely easy and he was able to go two or
three feet in only five minutes. This (when you are
the standing water level) is indicitative of water bearing sand
so he quit and set his well screen.
I asked John for some
specifics when I was preparing this page. He wrote:
A buddy and I have been
studying your site for several months.We teamed up and I decided
to try first, we went with the “Drive a well point down system
I ordered all the stuff well
point, pump, drive couplings, 1.25" galvanized pipe.
We attached the well point
to the first 6’ section of pipe and we drove it about 15 inches
in the ground in about 45 minutes and 300 strikes with a
modified tee post driver (heavy) .
We came to the conclusion
that “This won’t work in Mississippi soil", at least not in my
section of the State.
Within 30 minutes of
basically giving up on the idea a friend from work called to see
how I was doing. I explained where I was on the project, he
referred me to a mutual friend of ours that had followed your
site and hit water at 14ft about 5 miles from my house.
I said we had studied your site for months, but went with what
we thought would be quicker (driving down a well point).
We drove to the man’s house
I had been referred to and checked out his well.
He let us borrow the water
head for the hoses to hook to, some 2" pipe, some 3" pipe, and
how to make the drill bit as per your site in PVC.
started again the next weekend, we went 10ft in about 4 hours.
Much, much better than
driving down a well point.
I being a Machine Shop
teacher decided to make that drill bit out of carbide inserts
like we use to machine metal in the shop. Started with it the
next day and went to 19ft, I had the bright idea of hooking a
pipe wrench to hold the drill rig up about 6ft so I could take a
lunch break, and I dropped the pipe wrench down the hole, it
went past the bit to the bottom.
It was covered in sediment I
was sure, and I quit for the day.
Next morning my buddy came
back over and we started a new well instead of working on
getting the pipe wrench out.
mine that day at 28ft.
my buddy's the next weekend at his house to a depth of 43ft, we
both have good producing wells, and the man that let us borrow
the original equipment has a good one too, we all are in 6 miles
of each other.
[As information, driven points work great in sandy soil.
They are hard, sometimes impossible, to drive in clay.]
John made his own drill bits in a unique way. They are posted on the metal
and mud pump drill bits pages. They also appear below.
Mean looking drill bit, huh?
Many thanks to John in Brandon, Mississippi for
his report on his well and his friend's!