the pump staal bought is made by a guy in fort bragg, who sells his pumps online (here:http://handywellpump.com/ ) and ships them to his customers with instructions on how to install them. we bought pvc pipe locally but you can also buy it with your pump kit.
|examining all the pieces and parts|
the installation (instaalation) went pretty quickly---just part of a day and some of that time was spent waiting for the glue to dry on pvc connections.
all of the above ground pump parts are metal (galvanized and stainless steel) but the pipe that goes down the well and carries the water is pvc. there is 1/2" pipe that attaches the pumping mechanism that sits in the water to the pump handle above ground---this is the pipe that actually carries the water. the 1/2" pipe is run inside 1 1/4" pipe which acts as a guide as the 1/2" pipe moves up and down during pumping.
|1/2" pvc pipe inside 1 1/4" pvc pipe with fittings glued on to attach lengths together|
|gluing the threaded connectors to the pipe ends|
once the glue had set the installation could begin. the first length of pipe was screwed on to the pump cylinder and a safety cable attached to the base of the foot valve.
|attaching safety cable to the foot valve at the base of the pump cylinder|
i helped staal raise the pipes into position above the well.
|20 ft length of pipe positioned to go down the well|
each pipe was set upright and secured to a tripod (that staal built) so that the lengths could be screwed together before being lowered into the well.
|pipe secured to tripod|
|lifting the outer pipe out of the way so staal can connect the inner pipes|
|connecting the outer pipes|
staal cut a slot in a piece of wood to hold each section of pipe by its fitting until it was ready to be lowered into the well---commercial well drillers use a similar contraption made out of metal.
we put 50ft of pvc down the well and then attached the upper pump assembly and well seal which connects the stuff in the well to the stuff above ground and keeps debris out of the well.
|well seal with attachment point for upper end of safety cable|
|upper pump assembly and well seal|
|attaching upper end of safety cable to bottom of well seal|
at first the well seal was getting hung up on a tight spot in the well casing and we couldn't get it all the way in. staal trimmed the lower section of the seal with a saw and i worked on it a little with a router bit in my dremel---between the two of us we removed enough material to get the seal past the tight spot and seated properly.
|trimming lower section of well seal|
|well seal in place|
with the well seal in place and the upper pump assembly secured we couldn't wait to try it out...
|staal making water|
the pump arm is adjustable and takes very little effort to operate even in the full stroke position. it produces quite a bit of water in a short time---staal filled a five gallon bucket while he was lubricating the joints on the pump arm.
hopefully we'll never be in a situation forcing us to use this pump but it feels good knowing it's there if we need it and i'm sure we'll use it now and then anyway just because it's fun.
|pump glamor shot|