How To Drill Your Own Water Well
82 web pages and
51 videos entirely devoted to helping you drill your own well
You can drill your own shallow water well using PVC and
household water hoses. It is a cheap and effective
way to dig your own shallow water well. Water well
drilling isn't just for the pros with huge commercial drilling
rigs. Digging a water well yourself is both interesting
The water well drilling methods described here work well in
digging/drilling through dirt, and clay, including really hard clay.
They will not work if you need to drill through rock but, if the area
you live in is flat or relatively flat, it is definitely worth a try.
Many folks think they have to dig or drill their well into an aquifer.
For irrigation and lawn watering, reaching an aquifer isn't necessary.
You only have to drill under the standing water level. It is very likely
that you can drill your own well. Many successful wells have been
drilled using this well drilling method. It is cheap.
YOU CAN DIG YOUR OWN WELL
In these pages the "do it
yourself water well drilling" technique is referred to as well drilling, but
many call this technique "washing" or "jetting" a well.
It is somewhat similar to the rotary bit method which most real water well drillers use
for water bore drilling.
The DIY technique involves water pumped down the center of a PVC schedule 40 pipe used as both a drill
stem and a drill bit. At the bottom end of the PVC pipe a "drill bit" is fashioned by
cutting teeth into the end of the PVC pipe. The pipe is rotated back and forth
as the PVC pipe is slowly worked into the ground while the cuttings are brought
to the surface by the upward flow of water in the annular space around the pipe.
If you want to dig your own well, try this technique.
Installing a well and a pump can save a lot of money, especially if you
are now paying the local utiilty for irrigation water. You have
probably noticed that just watering the lawn can get expensive.
You can spend less money watering the lawn. Actually, you can
spend almost no money watering the lawn. It is great for
If you are a first time visitor to the site you will probably want to
start out with either the "Background" or the "Basic Well Drilling
Steps" pages. The bulk of the site is dedicated to drilling water wells
using just two hoses for drilling fluid. Inexpensive PVC is used for
the drill pipe, the drill bit, and the well screen. It is very cheap
and many successful shallow wells have been installed using this
When drilling a well by hand, it can be very helpful to at least be
familiar with the techniques used by real well drillers - the kind with
big powerful trucks and huge water tanks. What we do is extremely
similar, almost identical. We can't dig as wide or as deep but it
is the same process. A local well drilling company was kind enough
to let me video their process. Check it out at "Real Well Drilling."
There are several enhancements you can make to the basic well drilling
technique. To make the technique even more effective you can use
the techniques described on the pages,
"Drilling Deeper with BENTONITE" and
"Drill 10 Feet Deeper." Additionally, converting to a
metal drill bit will make your drilling more productive. These are
all techniques that were sent in by users of the site and discovered as
they drilled their wells.
A gravel pack can increase a well's production so there is a section on
them. I don't recommend you include a gravel pack on your first well
but after you get the hang of the technique this is something you will
probably want to check out the pages on gravel packs.
In the "Other Videos" section, you will find videos that show techniques
used world wide. Some of these techniques, like the Baptist Method,
require very little drilling fluid and have been used for centuries.
We've been fortunate enough to receive some input from Bob Tabor, a real
well driller who has been drilling wells all of his life. Please
be sure and check out the page -
"Advice from a REAL Well Driller."
Bill in Tampa, Florida has developed a very similar water well drilling
technique. He has been wildly successful. Bill has helped his
neighbors drill a bunch of wells his protocols may be useful to you.
Look under "Another Home Driller."
Several users of this site have been kind enough to send pictures and
info about wells that they have drilled. Check out "Success Stories" in
the menu. Check out one of our recent success stories, Steve in South
Jersey. Steve needed a way to water his Christmas tree farm and he
successfully drilled his own well. Very impressive effort! We even got
a wonderful email from Greg in Austrailia about his successful well.
For drillers interested in moving up to the next level: be sure and
check out thd page on mud pump drilling. It is absolutely the way to go
if you can buy or borrow a mud pump (sometimes called a trash pump). It
costs more than the two hose method but is still a lot less expensive
than hiring a driller.
There is a section for Questions and Answers where I have posted the
most common questions I receive. I hope it helps you. There are also
sections on Source of Supply, Well Drilling Manuals as well as Well
Commercially drilled water wells tend to be very expensive.
This technique is very cheap. It will almost definitely work if
you live near the coast and will likely work if you live in a flat
inland area.It is great for saving money on watering your lawn and irrigating a garden.
Please check out our introductory video below:
As I mentioned in the video, the most interesting things I have
experienced in posting this website are the enhancements and improvements
that YOU, the viewers and users of this site have submitted. I
figured out a few improvements to the Brady Well Kit early on and I
managed to drill a functional well after several tries and that is why I
posted the site.
And then - users started writing me and showing me things they had
discovered! At this point, I can safely say that most of the
techniques presented here are not mine. They are yours! I
hope they help you. I hope that if you discover an improvement or
an enhancement that you will send it to me so I can post it for others
ATTENTION FIRST TIME DRILLERS!: I've been getting so many emails
about this stuff, I have decided to put this right here on the front
page. Everybody seems to want to drill an advanced well right out
of the starting blocks. Please, on your first well, don't try to
drill a three or four inch diameter hole. On your first well,
please don't use a gravel pack. These things can increase your
well's output but they are fraught with perils. Please,
on your first well, just drill a two inch hole and and put in a 1.25
inch well screen. You'll be glad you did.
The links above describe the steps in detail.
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items or, if you want to be sure and hit every page, simply click on the
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