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Had a manual well pump installed

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by MissJ, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    Job was finished Friday. This is the kind of system where it actually fills our pressure tank so we can turn on the faucets, flush toilets etc.

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  2. safetyman

    safetyman Clark County, WA Active Member

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    That looks great! I'm sure that will come in handy the next time the power goes out. Have you tried it out yet? I'm curious as to how difficult it is to manually pull water out of the well and pressurize it to overcome the pressure in your holding tank...?
     
  3. Box13

    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    I am curious about that also...and can you tell us how deep is your well?How deep can the mauual pump draw from?
     
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  4. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    41 ft deep. 18 ft static. I'm not sure how deep it can draw from.

    He installed the same exact system he installs for the national parks and Forrest service.

    Yes- we tried it out before turning the electric pump back on. It was actually surprisingly easy to pump. I built up 60 lbs pressure in about 30 sec of pumping. Ran the kitchen faucet for about 90 seconds at normal flow-then it started to flow slowly. It gets harder to pump the more pressure you build.
     
  5. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    Don't think you'd want to attempt a shower, but flushing toilets and washing dishes ok
     
  6. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    What was the ballpark cost? Who did the work and would you recommend him?
     
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  7. Tacticool22

    Tacticool22 Springfield, Or-a-gun Member

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    Yeah, more info please. I would like to find out how deep the water table is in Springfield too
     
  8. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    We were quoted $1890. We could have opted to spend only 1,200 and have the manual system separate from the pressure tank (so you'd have to pump water into buckets then haul the water inside).

    In the end I spent about $2,800 because he discovered our old pressure tank had a leak in the bladder and we also opted to have all the rickety electrical stuff redone.

    Ours may be a little more Expensive because we had to have a part custom made and welded (the gray metal piece below the green pump was made special for this project)

    I called Around a bunch of places before I found the right guy. His name is Jason and he works for Steve's pump service. Yes I would recommend him he did great work and was very knowledgable. The only downside is he is very busy. It took about a month from the time I first called him till I had my pump. He did 2 residential manual pumps on Friday alone!!!
     
  9. robertg

    robertg Sandy Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Way cool, my well is almost exactly the same depth. I may give Steve's Pump Service a call in a couple of months.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Tacticool22

    Tacticool22 Springfield, Or-a-gun Member

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    What is so special about that gray piece?
     
  11. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    I don't really get it- he explained it to my husband. I guess ours was an unusual size and shape that wouldn't fit to the green baker pump.
     
  12. Swedish K

    Swedish K SW Washington Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like a custom flanged step down from the OD of the original flange to a 6" flange.
     
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  13. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    yeah that. there was something about 8" and 6" and my eyes glazed over and I said "how much?";)
     
  14. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Very cool setup. What was the price of the pump? Reason is I am thinking of doing the same thing but I can do all the work myself. Actually I am using your pictures as a guide.
     
  15. Box13

    Box13 Beavercreek Member

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    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    Yeah- use that link as a guide. Ours was the baker 12hd for $695 before all the other extra goodies.

    As far as labor charges. They quoted 6 hours labor (2 guys for 3 hours). They actually ended up spending closer to 10 because of the extra stuff we had them do. So you have to figure the 6 hours quoted labor was probably $500 or $600 of the $1,890 quote. He also installed a pump saver for the submersible pump so it won't burn itself out by dry running. It also tells you if there are any voltage or load problems.

    I can post a couple more pics
     
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  17. Dieselman

    Dieselman Oregon New Member

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    That is really neat! I would have loved to have had one of these back when I lived in the country. Now that i live in the city, it would do me no good
     
  18. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    That is prepper porno (as in a picture or video of nude people doing it, as if a simple word would make it through; I love the o on the end). MissJ that is awesome. I suggest telling as few people about it as possible. None of us are smart enough to know where you live, so brag away here.
     
  19. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Great idea, well planned
     
  20. MissJ

    MissJ Clackamas County Active Member

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    so far only my sister in Idaho knows and ONE friend/neighbor about 5 miles away who is having one installed.