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.