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Auger Drilling

I have had the site up for four years and I keep getting questions from folks wanting to know how to drill a well with an auger.  Folks who don't have an adequate water supply for drilling/washing a well seem to be very interested in drilling a well with an auger.  I don't blame them. 

 

 


Before I go further, I want to make sure you understand that you should probably consider purchasing a mud pump because it will be easier drilling/washing than augering.  As you get deeper, augering gets exponentially more difficult.   Digging with an auger is serious work.  But -  having said that I have found a few videos I thought were particularly instructive regarding augering a well.

 I recently received this video from Scott in Savannah Georgia who auguered a well.  He ran into a few problems but basically just refused to quit!



Take a look at the video below posted on YouTube by engineer775.  In it an augering system manufactured and sold by Hydromissions is used.  Their equipment can be ordered from Edge Outreach at http://www.edgeoutreach.com/edge-hydromissions-safe-water

 

Their system is designed for maximum portability.  Their users typically travel to distant areas where there is no well and use the equipment to dig a well.

 


The next series of videos I found particularly impressive as they follow the creation of a well using an auger through to the installation of a wellscreen and ultimately the use of a hand pump to get water from the well.

Part 1  shows the hard work involved in digging a hole with an auger:






 



In Part 2 the well is bailed to remove sediment:





In Part 3 a well casing and hand fashioned well screein is inserted into the hole:




 

 




In Part 4 a well is attached to the pump:




If you dig a successful well with an auger I would appreciate hearing from you. 
Include pictures and I will post them.  Good luck!

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