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#16 tater195 ONLINE  

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Posted April 28, 2015 - 07:18 PM

I got the hole cleaned out and the 4" casing down to rock. Made a 10 foot extension for the drill bit. I ended up getting a 5/8 instead of a 3/4 because it was longer and half the price. Making the pipe straight was a bit of a challenge since it was the same one I used for the auger. It was cutting good until I got 5" in to the first hole then it quit. I pulled it out and cleaned out the flutes, but that didnt help any. I was using a regular old 1/2 drill, I think I might need to use a hammer drill. I will try to sharpen it  tomorrow, or I might decide to skip that part and go to the 3" hole. If that doesnt work, I am back to the jack hammer. If I can get the rocks busted up small enough, I might be able to put the auger back in and lift them out with it.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 08:50 AM

The only luck I am having with the rock drilling right now is bad luck. I switched to the 3" core drill and it felt like I was getting something done, then it quit. I pulled the extension out and the core drill was gone. The jam nut and safety tack didnt hold and threaded the bolt into the core drill then stripped out the threads. I got the core drill out and went with the 10# yo-yo plan. I still have 2" of mud and 7' of water in the casing acting like a shock absorber. The johnson bar kicked sideways several times an got wedged on the side of the casing. Now the top 4.5' of the casing is cracked.

 I have a couple sticks of 2" pipe. Now the plan is to weld up a point for that and go after it with a 14' chisel. If I can get anything started with that, I think I can bust out the bottom hammering it with a loaded bucket on the FEL.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 05:21 PM

Just a little update on the shop vac discussion.. it can suck water from 10 feet, just not a continuous stream like a pump. You have to let the hose get as full as it can then pick it up and let it suck air. Half falls out the bottom, the other half comes up to the top. If you can keep it at the water level, it will suck air / water mix and keep going. Cant tell which method is more productive.


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 05:49 PM

update #2.. with the water out I can see the the yo-yo wasnt getting stuck on the side of the case.... it was getting wedged in the loose rocks in the bottom. THIS MIGHT ACTUALLY WORK :dancingbanana:


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Posted May 03, 2015 - 09:49 AM

Yo Yo?  You sure THAT isn't the guy trying to do this? :D :shoot2: I'm at a loss on what you are doing actually, and sounds like something I would never attempt. Too much time, materials breaking and just frustrations of errors to make it seem do-able with hand labor methods!



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Posted May 03, 2015 - 06:13 PM

Just read through all of this and it is interesting. Makes me feel pretty lucky that all I need to do is go down 18 feet by hand with an old post auger and water is there. 

 

 

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Posted May 12, 2015 - 08:27 PM

This thing done and working yet??  Just wondering if you gave up or got it to go thru?  Inquiring minds want to know.


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 08:36 PM

Still jumping around on projects. Last night was weed and feed on 5 acres. Tonight the large breasted neighbor's horses got out, that killed 2 hours

I think the loose rocks the yo-yo was getting stuck in turns out to be a crack. It has rained 3 or 4 times a week for the last month and the ground water keeps the well casing full . I cant keep it pumped out and chip at it at the same time. Next attempt will be with a hammer drill and 5/8 bit. Thinking about welding a tab on the rock bar so I can use the chisel point instead of the pointy end that keeps getting stuck


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Posted May 28, 2015 - 07:46 AM

any updates?

I just found this thread, curious as I may need to drill me a small point tip well in the future. There is one there, but dad quit using in about 1990 so the old cast 1 1/2" iron pipe is probably rusted up down inside. It is only about 20' deep and the best tasting water around. It would be great to revive to be able to water all the farm animals.



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Posted May 28, 2015 - 08:04 AM

The last time I looked at the hole, it was filled within 3" of the top with ground water. I have lost track of how many times it has rained in the last 2 months and June is usually our wettest month. Might get to work on it by July, unless I go the jack hammer route. Havent looked for a jack hammer with a 12 foot bit yet, not sure I can get one. The other option is to throw up the white flag and pay some one to do it.


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Posted May 28, 2015 - 09:16 AM

I can understand. We need a new well drilled ourselves, estimate was around $5000 for it, ouch. Thankfully I still own the old house around the corner, I am hauling all my water for dogs, farm animals and even human drinking. Gotta find an option soon though, need to sell that house.



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Posted May 29, 2015 - 10:08 AM

I found what I need for the rock. I wonder if they make this in a 3" version?

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Posted May 29, 2015 - 01:47 PM

Just use that and a large casing! Or find a cutting torch!



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Posted May 29, 2015 - 06:14 PM

I've been thinking about your rock issue... Then my history lessons kicked in...
Read this and see if it would help
http://www.petroleum...le/kicking.html
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Posted May 29, 2015 - 06:24 PM

I've been thinking about your rock issue... Then my history lessons kicked in...
Read this and see if it would help
http://www.petroleum...le/kicking.html

Glad you can remember that far back!


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