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How To Drill Your Own Water Well

78 web pages and 49 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 and fun. 

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.

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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 gardeners, too.   

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 technique.

There are several enhancements you can make to the basic borewell 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.

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 - "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.  Here is a link to 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!

For drillers interested in moving up to the next level: be sure and check out the section 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.

I got a little off point, I suppose, with the sections on geothermal heat pumps and my electric bill war, but I hope you will find it interesting.  Also please check out a page I put up on how you can avoid ID theft - www.avoid-id-theft.com  I know it is way off topic and I apologize but I keep seeing credit monitoring companies needlessly taking peoples' money and it upsets me. 

Commercially drilled water bore 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 to use.

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. You can pick and choose what subjects to review by clicking on menu items or, if you want to be sure and hit every page, simply click on the "Next:" link at the bottom of each page.

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