Innovative technique posted by Paul Smith on YouTube
that uses common materials
I have gotten dozens of emails
from folks who don't have two hoses they can use to drill a
well. They frequently point out to me that if they had that
much water available, they wouldn't need a well. OK, fair
enough. If you don't have much water available for
drilling, use a mud pump if you possibly can. It works
great. Seriously, a mud pump is a game changer.
If a mud pump is not an option for you, read on.
I ran across
this video on YouTube. Paul Smith has an excellent
technique that he has been kind enought to share. It only
requires one hose. It involves using an air and water
mixture to bring the cuttings up.
He pumps both water
and air down to the bottom of the hole. The water and air
mixture then bring the cuttings to the top inside the
Take a look at the video below:
UPDATE: June 2013 - After I posted this
technique I heard from Lee on the Oregon coast. As I have
indicated in other places on the site, one of the most
interesting things about maintaining this site is the input I
receive from users. Folks try the techniques posted on the
site and frequently figure out a better way of doing what is
Lee is one such user. Through trial and error, Lee has
developed improved hardware for one hose drilling. He is
willing to put together a kit and sell it to anyone who wants
to try it. Take a look at the fittings that he has
As you can see the
quality of Lee's kit appears to be extremely high.
Lee said he had a very talented helper in preparing the kit...
Contact Lee directly if you are interested in his kit. He
can be reached at
Lee provided the following parts list and information:
10 T bolt clamps +9 in box one on the
handle tee 1 2 inch x 3 inch galvanized nipple with cut teeth
for drill bit 1 metal screw for nipple set stop 1 special
stainless steel 90 1/2 x 3/4 hose thread to npt (for water
hookup) 1 special stainless steel 90 1/2x1/2 for air hose (
you may need one quarter bushing for hose ) 2 1/2 inch
stainless steel nuts 1 3/4 hose adapter 3/4 npt male to
female hose thread ( Not included ) 1 2 inch PVC conduit pipe
13 1/2 inches long for drill body First hole up from end two
and three quarters inches center. Offset around pipe from
first hole one and three quarters and up seven and three
quarters inches center. 3 1x1/4 PVC pipe 8 inches long for
handle assembly and riser 1 1x1/4 cross 4 x 1 inch inch slots
cut in one opening for clamp 1 1x1/4 PVC pipe 11 inches water
discharge 2 1/1/4 caps for handle 1 1x1/4 PVC 90 for
handle discharge 1 2 inch PVC female adapter slip to npt
thread 1 2 inch PVC coupler for bushing slip slip 1 2 inch
x 1 1/4 bushing slip slip 10 1x1/4 inch coupler 4 slots 1
inch cut in one opening for clamps All PVC is schedule 40
rolls of plastic electrical tape ( Not included ) rolls of
duct tape ( Not included ) 100 feet soft air and water hose (
Not included ) 20 gallon tank minimum air compressor ( Not
included ) Air control valve ( Not Included ) Harbor Freight
$5.00!! 1 3/4 garden hose to npt adapter ( not included )
You may need a 1/2x1/4 reducing bushing for air hose ( Not
included ) Various lengths 1 1/4 PVC at least 10 ( Not
The first thing is dig a pilot hole with post digger or
auger at least three to five feet deep.
You need a work starter casing I like at least five feet long to
keep drill hole straight. Casing can be four or six inch id
your chioce if in soft sand drill inside lengths of permanet
casing going down.
Use casing with bell adapters bell bottom up this will keep
caing smooth going down. Well hog for the most part is fully
assembled. You need to glue the points indicated by matching
letters due to shipping. Fasten your
air and water lines to the head " FIRST " Glue in your first
ten foot 1x1/4 PVC pipe and where it meets the 2 inch bushing
duct tape, lines very very securely! On the same pipe glue
your first 1x1/4 coupler with clamp. Electrical tape the
lines togather at about one or two foot spacing for 50 or 60
feet to start.
Now glue your couplers with clamps on "
ONE END ONLY "of 1x1x4 pipes! Place handle and spout on pipe
and drill away place a clamp om handle tee ! As you add pipe
going down always duct tape just above and below each coupling
keeping the hose tight against the pipe as much as possible this
will insure you can pull it up if any failure should occur.
You may wish to invest in large jaw vice grip pliers to hold
pipe up while working.
DO NOT LEAVE DRILL IN WELL
UNATTENDED. If you have to stop drilling pull up about ten
feet and clamp off, then sand will not stick your drill pipe.
Be sure each pipe you add is fully seated in coupler to prevent
leaks before the clamp is secured! Adjust air just enough to
push water and material out spout.
Drill back and forth and
stop when you see mud and dirt. Let it clear then begin again!!!
The goal is a good water abd dirt slush in hole then apply some
air to push! Water volume is the key the more GPM the better!
( A water line boost pump helps ) You may also wish to make a
five foot change pipe if you do not have a tall ladder! (Five
feet down pull up clamp off and remove five foot add ten foot
and resume). Well hog is designed to go down inside a four
inch casing you may use six if you like!!
Screen Hog "" Designed for four inch casing and two inch well
points for screens!! It is available for sale. However, I
will be glad to advise how to build and use!!! ( Shipping is out
of sight )
I am happy to give reasonable support just email
and I will call! Remember, I said reasonable !!!!!!!!!!
"Remember " its called a "hog " because it is not pretty, just
functional!!!!!!!! Lastly, a good dog and a case of beer will
get you through the day. ( Not included )
The dog ( Nemo ), also thanks you, as he buys