Congratulations to Chad in Wisconsin on a Successful well!
Chad put down three 25 foot 1.25 inch diameter wells, each with a five
foot well screen and gravel pack. He reports an output of 20 GPM!
Bill in Tampa (in the menu as: Another Home Driller!!), was also
instrumental in the success of this well project though his advice and
encouragement. Thanks Bill!
Chad has to have eveything four feet underground to protect from
freezing so this was quite an undertaking. Please note that he
even worked through some pretty big rocks! Chad provided the
following information regarding his project:
Thanks for your help!
See attached pictures.
My well is complete now, Ive been
pumping water a couple hours a day, just to flush out the system
thoroughly, then I will get the water checked, before I tie it into the
I did a test today, I ran the well
for 2 hours, while the well was running, I can fill 5 gallon buckets in
15 seconds each, so 20GPM is great!! I hope it lasts many years.
is how it turned out:
1) I thought this project would only
take about 20 hours, but I actually spent over 100 hours!
2) Since I had to have all the pipes
below the frost line, I dug a 4 deep trench, then drilling in the
trench was a pain, I had to place a pump in the trench to pump out all
the water while I was drilling.
3) I wanted to drill a 3" well, but
that got stuck 12 deep, so I decided to drill a 2" inside the 3", which
worked great, I decided to use inside couplings on the 2" which made
drilling easy. I even added a T on the 3" for the water to flow away
from the trench (see picture) since I hit water at 7 deep, I only
drilled to 25 deep.
4) After the 2" drill was removed, I
was able to dump 3 bags of pea gravel in the stuck 3", I think it all
went to the bottom of the well, and then I was able to remove the 3"
5) I installed 3- 1.25" points, each
with 5 pvc well screens.
6) I hit many rocks about 6-7 deep,
just before water bearing sand, I used a shop vac to suck them all out,
including some that where 3" round.
7) I combined the 3 wells in the
basement, each have 1.5" ball valves, then I continued the 1.5" into the
jet pump. The ball valves are excellent ideas, it helped me prime each
one individually, and allows you to keep the prime while any work is
done on the pump, also if one well went bad, it could be easily
8) I used a Sta-Rite HNE pump and a
flex-lite fl40 (119gal tank) and they are working great so far.
Chad from Wisconsin
I asked Chad about his filter, which as you can see from the
plumbing in the picture, can be switched in or out of the water line.
In the photograph the filter is switched out of the water line. He
Yes, I have it
bypassed until I flush the system for a few hundred gallons, then I will
use it when its hooked up to the house.
I also put the filter before the well
tank, so nothing will contaminate the tank, never seen this done, I hope
Also my tank had a 1.25" fitting, so
I ran all 1.25" pipe.
I went a little overboard on the
project, since I got a quote for a well for $7500, I figured I could get
the best of everything, and it end up costing me about $1500 (saved
Here are some photographs of the project that Chad provided. He
obviously does very professional looking plumbing work!