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Posted January 01, 2015 - 11:59 AM

After moving into my mom's old farmhouse, we now found out the old well won't support 5 people..... happy new years to me. New well looks to be $3000-4000   :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:  :boo_hoo:  :boo_hoo:  :boo_hoo:

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Wow that sucks. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully your new one will serve you for many, many years.                                                                            Roger

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Ahh crap Marty.
What about it won't support 5 people?

You might see about getting it bailed. Talk to a guy who does wells out there that you trust.
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Posted January 01, 2015 - 12:27 PM

That's not good news!

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 12:34 PM

That well will work fine,  you just have to do things the old way.

First,  construct an outhouse. No need to flush the toilet 35 times a day......

Second, bring back the tradition of the "saturday night bath".  One tub - "filled" with 3 inches of water will wash all 5 people.......

Third......  wait,

Tell me again why people call them the "good ole days"?


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Three channels , good movies , fat men who could sing well .   Cheap popcorn .

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 01:13 PM

What determines how many people a well can support ?

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 01:44 PM

... Third......  wait,

Tell me again why people call them the "good ole days"?




It's because we weren't good, we weren't old, and it isn't the DAYS that we are thinking about  :rolling:

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 02:02 PM

Ive never had a well before. Would it be possible to putin a secondary tank and pump the well water into it and draw off the tank as a buffer?

I do know my wifes grandmother has 3 wells on her property because 1 wasnt enough to support the needs when there several people living there.
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Posted January 01, 2015 - 02:07 PM

Make sure you go 5" minimum on the casing, 4" doesn't make it anymore. Use a 220 volt pump, none of those 120's that ACT like a 220 (not sure how that works), and put in oversize feed lines and wires that won't wear out or fill up with crud too soon. Hope the tank and items are gonna be inside warm area!  Might be good time to move it to diff spot on property too if it makes hook-up easier somewhere else.  25 years ago went to underground in pipe pump from a surge system, what a difference. But put 200 amp service in at same time which was helpful. They had trouble getting newer pump down 4" case, but had a reamer for cleaning it. Went pretty good and been working since. Probly about old enough to crap out now in this Limey crusty area. Good so far. If it goes out in future, probly put it nearer kitchen side of house and into crawl space there, not out in garage like now, a long ways away.

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 02:17 PM

Well that's no good. My well could support an army I think. I swear they drilled it down to a lake in China.

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 02:22 PM

Look in to a bigger presser tank or adjust the hi and low switch .. that wont cost $ 3000.00 or$ 4000.00

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 02:51 PM

Every situation is different. You really need a knowledgeable person to assess the situation. Right now you haven't even told us if it is a dug or drilled well. Sometimes a bigger tank and water conservation can work for a while. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 05:11 PM

   I agree with some of what I am reading, mom and dad lived in a house when I was growing up that didn't have a very good well.  we used water conservation and a storage tank in the basement, the well was on a timer so I would kick on late in the nite and during the middle of the day when no was home or using the well to fill the storage tank, then in the morning and evening when everyone was home and using the water is would draw of the tank.  worked for the entire time we lived there, to the best of my knowledge that old house is still set up just like that.  Good luck with it.

   Also one other thing to consider if it is a drilled well you may be able to have it fractured, they pressurize the well somehow and crack the ground way down deep to create more water flow, food for thought.


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 05:13 PM

The faucets maybe plugged with dirt. May not have been cleaned for years. As mentioned check your pressure switch. Maybe adjust pressure up a bit.  I think its suppose to be 30 or 40 kick in and 50 or 60 kick out pressure. Always some thing to keep things interesting, sorry for your trouble,   Noel