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Blog entry by learnin2do posted 10-08-2010 07:40 PM 1580 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My well quit working. As my home in the city is in the process of foreclosure, i feel very compelled to beg my father to let me move to his nearby land that i frequent. This would mean transitioning to a more permanent state of simplicity and sustenance living (which i actually crave to attempt, as i feel the stressors involved in my current social climate and lifestyle are reducing me to a blithering idiot with the onset of subsequent health issues nearing daily). -Only, last weekend the water quit.

From researching the preceding signs and symptoms, i am assuming something cracked and the pump is no longer functioning, or has no pressure.

Further investigation enlightened me to the fact that this could be one of many various well set-ups, and that i would need a plethora of prior knowledge in order to even begin troubleshooting it.

I guess my shout-out is: If i dig the thing up and try to assess the components and find out the depths and specs from anyone previously involved in working with it…is there anyone who can help me out to understand a little better?

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#1 posted 10-08-2010 07:48 PM

I don’t know much about pump systems, but if you can get specific information, I bet you’ll be able to find some recommendations on the net. You might try the home refurbers site, too.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 10-08-2010 08:50 PM

Sorry to hear you’re experiencing some rough times. Hope everything works out for you and hopefully before it puts you under too much stress.

-- Matt -

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#3 posted 10-08-2010 09:12 PM

Try here, someone will know for sure. I have been on this site for many years. Anyhow very best wishes and good Luck Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 10-08-2010 09:23 PM

I don’t know anything about your particular well or pump. It could be nothing more than a plugged screen. If you have a smaller well (2”), and a surface pump (not submerged) a 22 cal. rifle shot down the well can free up a plugged screen nicely. Worked for me once many years ago.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 10-08-2010 11:02 PM

Len just helped a friend pull his well. I can call you. He made a really cool homemade winch type thing that makes pulling the well easy. Probably the pump is shot, but maybe not. My friend knows a lot about that stuff and he could tell you what to check. Call me when you are available to talk. You have my number. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 10-09-2010 04:38 AM

With all the wells I have on the farm, it is usaualy something simple,a check valve be bad and cause the pump to lose prime. If you have a driven piont , the screen in the ground could be cloged,Then acid can be pored down the well to cleen the screen.Then flush the well. If you have a submersible pump, not a lot can go wrong… pump gone bad or no electricity getting to the motor. Hope all goes well… pardon the pun.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#7 posted 10-09-2010 04:56 AM

I’ve send most of the problems listed by others but if you have a pressure tank some times you can add air to the pressure tank to build pressure. It could also be a circuit breaker.


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#8 posted 10-09-2010 07:07 AM

First thing, check to make sure it is getting power to the pressure switch. A lot depends on the type of pump, as many have said. Is it a jet pump, or a submersible? Will it pump any water at all?

-- Darrell B.

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