Drill Your Own Well Series – Part 1

Drill Your Own Well Series – Part 1

Welcome to “Drill Your Own Well – Part 1”
In this video we’ll show you how with just PVC and water hoses you can drill your own
well. The events in this video, Part 1, took place
over about an hour and forty minute period. The first step is to dig a small starter hole
where your well will be located. During the well drilling process, you will
need to be elevated a few feet. A pickup truck with a tailgate works perfectly.
When you need to be higher, you can stand on the tailgate.
When you need to be lower, you can close the tailgate and stand on the ground.
As the water flows into the pipe, slowly work the pipe back and forth while applying slight
downward pressure. As you work the pipe slowly into the ground,
you’ll need to raise the handle periodically. You’ll find that you can drill into the ground
faster than the water from two hoses can bring the cuttings to the surface.
Go slowly and be patient. Stop frequently to work the pipe up and down
and side to side to make the hole bigger in diameter and insure
that all the cuttings are washed off the bottom of the hole.
Failure to do this will almost guarantee that you’ll get the pipe stuck in the ground.
I’m not guessing. You’ll find that your progress in red clay
is almost excruciatingly slow. Sometimes you’ll think you’re in rock when
you’re really just in clay. Be patient. Stay at it, and you’ll get through
it. This is what your cuttings will look like
when you get in hard red clay. Be patient. It may feel like rock initially,
but it will soften up if you are persistent. As long as you see cuttings like these coming
to the top, you are on the right track. When you are using two hoses for a water supply,
it is essential that you stop periodically and flush the hole.
Simply raise the pipe up and wait for the hole to fill up with water.
Then push the pipe down forcefully. You’ll see a significant increase in cuttings
that come to the surface. Whew! Made it! Time to add more pipe.

100 thoughts on “Drill Your Own Well Series – Part 1

  1. Another tip other than the grooves I mentioned earlier,would be to use heavier muffler clamps for the board to the pipe,and wrap the pipe with a layer of sandpaper under the clamps.No more slippage!Hope this helps!

  2. You would need clamps the size of the unions/couplings,not the pipe,or just saw the threads off to the nuts after it's on the pipe to save time unbolting to move past the joint.The property I bought has 2 wells.They have both been unused for at least a decade and stopped up/dead.I'm going to try your method with a smaller pipe to see if I can clear them.If not,I definately now know how to dig a new one.Thanks!

  3. If water is down there it is probably going to be hard to miss. Check around and try to determine your standing water level. Much more info is on the website listed above. Don't drill near a septic tank and leech field. Thanks for watching!

  4. Look at the ground around you look at the run off of rain water find channels or flat ground at the bottom of mountains in general water will be anywhere deep enough

  5. Just finished this in SE Michigan on Nov. 6th. I am in an area that is basically a giant salt mine, so my well water is very salty, not adequate for garden, chickens, nor human consumption. My experience was interesting. 1' topsoil, then 3' gray clay, then 3' sand, 5' more of near solid clay, then finally water bearing sand. However, I did hit water as I expected around 5'. First sand layer was too near the surface. It was tough going, took 9 hours to get 16' in good sand. In and works great. Would have been much faster with two hoses or trash pump. No more trying to keep rain barrels thawed in 0F temps.

  6. Hello, i'm Andrés from Spain, i would like to drill a small well in to my patio, but i have some doubts about the pipe that you use in your videos as  tool.
    Is it a simple pipe?Is it cut straight or has it got  dentate tip in the lower end?
    The hoses, Are they conected to the pipe and Is there water running through them and through the pipe?,
    What about the sand and the land,ground,dust,What about the land that occupied that space?, the well space, the shaft space. Where do they come out through, Do the land go out through the pipe? why two hoses?, Sorry for my English.
    Thank you so much, i wait for your answer. best regards

  7. I'm looking at drilling a hole as far as possible but looking at local borehole data on the web it looks like the clay bed goes down further than 100 ft. Can you extract water from clay with a gravel pack and well screen

  8. 40 feet of casing is required to ensure surface water does not contaminate well water. How is this installed using your method?

  9. This is really neat…  doubt it will work for the wells we need out here in the Rocky Mountains, but I'm still impressed!


  11. I've seen gold miners use a air hose at bottom of pipe to bring up gravel, have you tried it?
    Bubbling air acts like an elevator lifting sand and gravel

  12. Hello again! I'm thinking of doing this for some fence post holes I need. The ground is very hard packed with gravel. Would be slow going with a post hole digger and don't want to spend several hundred dollars renting a tractor with augur attachment. Only question would be, would a garden hose be able to drill a 4 inch ABS hole? Even if it couldn't if I punched a 2 inch hole it would make it easier for the post hole digger. Or could I make a few 2 inch holes side by side? Figured I'd write and see if anyone else has done this for some short 2 1/2 foot post holes using a garden hose…

  13. Yes sir, my wife and I live in Deep South Mississippi gulf coast. Now all of our land is on high ground, several acres. Our ? Is just how deep do you believe we can sink a well in this fashion? You see we are certainly going to do it this way with a mud pump which I have 2 of but we want a " Flow " well if it's possible. Because we would also like a spring fed pond as well as chemical free natural well water. Please let us know. I'm going to your web site now. Thank you and we subscribed!!

  14. Talk about red clay as hard to go through. That means any Oklahomans have a leg down automatically lol. Damn red dirt everywhere.

  15. Wonderful video. I am having 5 acres of agricultural land next small lake. so i am planning to drill into the lake with this technique. The lake gets dried in summer, but still i believe the water level would be just 7 to 8 feet below. So i am planning to increase the size of the drill bit to 6 inches with 2 inches PVC pipe. With this technique how much water i may able to pull it. 

  16. hi there what drill head have you used and the pipe you are drilling with did you leeave that pip in the ground thanxs mike

  17. No rocks there, I'm guessing. Heck, just digging a post hole here can take two hours done by hand, because you spend the entire time trying to break or remove boulders. John Deere attachments, however, can get it done in about 10 seconds per hole.  =)

  18. I didn't know you could do that with pvc pipe, but sure want to know that and some people in my area would be interested also since they have to live without running water.

  19. Could you hook sections of pvc pipe to a paint mixer some how and just keep adding sections, would that work?

  20. Really cool video, thanks for posting. We learned a lot from your site over the years. If you get a chance, check out our video. Were were able to drill and install the pump in just a few hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOhwebOEF2E

  21. So you just stick a pipe into the ground and oscillate it! Doesn't the pipe disintegrate? Or do you have hardened bit on the bottom of it?
    This isn't very educational just watching this poor man rotating this pipe from side to side. Is there a part one to this video?
    Is there a filter and and the water just goes around and around using a pump.

    Thank you,

  22. 3 questions in good faith.
    Where is the water coming from if he is drilling for water?
    How much water is needed aproximatetly for every 10 feet?
    Whats an average speed for this type of drilling?

    Awesome video thanks for posting

  23. Do you think if I built a clamping system I could use that DIY drill to get 10 feet further down? My 80 ft well has gone dry. The other area ones seem to be ok. I just wonder if diggin 10 more ft might do it. Thoughts?

  24. How do you know for sure there is water in that spot. I have an idea on my land if it has something to do with land perk… I am not sure trying to learn so please no rude comments.

  25. Somebody give that man a steak dinner, because that looks like hard work. Especially when you get to the bending position while applying pressure.

  26. tried it very bad results they make it sound so easy    looked at web site and they don't show end results where a pump is pumping from the pipe

  27. how will I know if I het the right kind of sand …the water table here is about 6 ft….I have went down 35 feet with a test 1in pipe….im getting some light brown fin sand….do I need to go deeper

  28. Do you have anything on the end of the pipe to cut through the clay….or is it just pipe?  maybe cutting some teeth in the end of the pipe would help it cut through faster…..no?

  29. Hello Dawmlw, Thanks a lot for all the info. you've provided. Here where I live there are not water pipes of 1.25 inches, will it work if I dig the whole using a 2inches pipes and then use a 1.5inches for the inner pipe, the other option is to use a 1inch for the inner pipe. They carry 1.25 but only for electricity, and I don't think they will be a good fit. Be well!!! Thank you.

  30. what if the ground is sandy and rocky? Near a river? I have a place in the Patagonia and have a well that is already 15 foot deep, but am thinking about using your method inside of my current well to go deeper.

  31. They never explain how the get the pipe down lower that the top of the water table. Im using s pvc well point. But i have sincd learned that the metal ones are driven in the ground well below the water table. Not for pvc though. I started using the rubber coupler and 11/4" pvc pipe attached to a wet vac hose and vacuum. My 2.25 hp vac could hold the silt in the pipe but not pull it up. So i kept pulling it out and dumping it. Tonight i will be using a 6 hp vac. Only need to lift the water 12ft. We will see. About 2 ft below the water table with just the small vac.

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