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Posted on 07/06/2012 1:06:26 PM PDT by Kartographer
How to make a PVC Water Hand Pump to use when you have no power April 8th, 2011 | Author: Lady Apprentice Today we will learn how to create a PVC hand pump to get the water from your well when you have no power and how it all works. I have a few plans to show you on how to make them, which we will get to later, but first lets understand how a PVC hand pump would work, or most any pump for that matter.
If you look at the picture below you can see for yourself how it works.
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excellent. I have been planning to install an actual hand pump water station on my property at some point but mother nature keeps dictating my priorities.
You shouldn’t use most PVC items for drinking water but it’s better than no water at all.
I guess then I am a dead man considering that all the house I have lived in for at least the past 20 years have all had PVC piping. How long to you give me?
Vaguely related to this particular topic ...
I was recently assembling a propane grill, and noticed it came with a cheap screwdriver and open-end wrench.
Apparently the seller believes a significant portion of their customer base lacks even the most rudimentary of hand tools.
I hope the grill came with some kind of caution warning about the fact that it gets hot when in use. Surprising how many people don’t know that. ;-)
So if my electric pump is out/inoperable how do I go about cracking the connection going to the ground pipe without losing the pressure or having the ground water just start spewing out. I'm screwed if it just starts spewing out!
Or am I just ignorant and the water won't spew out when the ground pipe is broken open?
Should work OK for shallow wells, but not for deeper wells.
Looks like it’s quite job:
Here’s the PDF File detailing the pump construction in case you missed it:
As I recall, the vacuum involved in this technique can’t lift water over 32 feet.
I am starting to believe that anything ... ANYthing can be done with only PVC, duct tape and cable ties.
I think I'll be looking into getting a pro to install a hand pump...just in case.
This maybe an even sipmler and better solution.
Bailer buckets are the least expensive, most “village accessible” way to draw water from a tube well - and they still work when recharge rates are too slow for a pump! Start out by purchasing a short, 3 ft./1 meter piece of 3 diameter PVC tube and a rope. Then use the simple Bailer Bucket Kit to assemble a bailer that can collect water from smaller diameter wells that are 4/100mm in diameter.
Correct if no pressure to help raise the water level.
I don’t have a well.
Will this work in my toilet?
Another good trick to be aware of is a simple Archimedes Screw Pump, to move water uphill, diagonally. While it is not very efficient, it is easy to hook up to a simple windmill, which turns the screw lifting the water. Which is a heck of a lot easier than lifting water a bucket at a time.
Importantly, there are some very important rules to know if you ever want to transport a significant amount of water with a vehicle. If you don’t follow them you can knock your vehicle over, destroy its brakes, and cause serious damage to its engine.
How much room is available inside a standard home 4” well tube, given the existing well-pump?
Wrap some window-screen around the bottom to keep out the chunks and it should work fine!
The information I found list 4, 5 or 6 inch pipe is generally used.
Sorry that’s not what you asked. I’ll have to do more research to answer your question.
What kind of bucket would you use that could fit in a 4, 5 or 6” dia. pipe?
I have instructions on how to make a tube well bucket out of PVC. It is somewhere in my files as I tore it out of an old Mother Earth News back about thirty years ago.
See Post #15 this thread. Is that what you are talking about?
“Should work OK for shallow wells, but not for deeper wells.”
So how deep can a ‘shallow well’ be for this to work? I have a shallow well, about 60 feet...if I were to go down to about 300 feet I would have much better water. So, is 60 ft shallow enough for this system to work?
Most home submersible pumps use 1” (nominal) black poly roll pipe to deliver water to the surface. This pipe has an OD (Outside Diameter) of about 1.25”, leaving room for a 2” (nominal) PVC pipe with an OD of about 2.25” (2.5” at the couplings). The actual submersible pump is usually placed well below the standing water level, leaving plenty of depth for a hand pump.
I teach villagers in the developing world to make PVC hand pumps that work great in 40 foot (to the surface of the standing water) or deeper wells. With an added counterweight or a simple conversion to foot power, these work in deeper wells also.
I have not yet posted a “how to make” manual, but this one by EMAS in Bolivia is very similar and they have great videos!
My first student had bored more than 260 wells using a hand auger & installed pumps on them by 1996. Here’s a brief video made back when we were still using galvanized steel pipe for the pump.
A husband & wife student couple in the USA started this organization:
Use a small plastic container and some string. Takes a while but does the trick.
FYI, this method doesn't work in trying to get a frog out of the well because frogs don't cooperate.
Wait until my wife sees me bringing home 300’ of PVC!
“You shouldnt use most PVC items for drinking water but its better than no water at all.”
Well, my water district sends us water in PVC pipes, should I sue them? Or perhaps I should get a life.
Actually, I even have a better way to get water. The drain valves in my water heater. I can get 40 gallons, which is enough for a family of 4 for 10 days. If I can’t find water (somewhere), or collect it from rainfall, by then, I have no business calling myself a prepper.
I was going to mention a bailer - they use them for water sampling of environmental sites as well. Not as fast as a regular hand pump, but can go as deep as you have cord for! And probably about as fast as the handpump in this thread.
Uh oh, we in the Tampa Bay area have a problem, then. Most homes are now constructed with Schedule 40 PVC.
There's been a continuing problem with copper pipe; the solder flux reacts with chemicals in the water supply and water lines built with copper are prone to developing pin-hole leaks. In my brand new house that I lived in for 14 years, I had to have leaks repaired on 4 different occasions. One of those was beneath the slab in the garage. I had to chisel and jack hammer a section of the slab out to repair the leak. That was a real pain. Others were in the wall between rooms. That resulted in having to replace sections of drywall that were water damaged and/or had to be removed to get to the pipes to repair them.
Thank you for your contribtion— very informative and valuable.
I believe drinking-water systems use CPVC.
I can’t think of any bucket that you could easily find/buy that would hold as much as a 3’ long 3” in dia. pipe.
Thanks for the good info!
Here’s a pump you can use to bring running water into your house/cabin/BOL
Home-made Hydraulic Ram Pump
“Not at all. You’d be surprise how many people would in an extend shtf situation would suffer from thirst with 30-40-50 gallons of water just sitting in their water heaters.”
I’m with you, Mr. Legend (in my book). I’m actually fairly well prepped, but I do have limits. My personal goal is to make through an Argentina-type crash and be able to live without power or fuel for a while - mostly to be comfortable, while everyone else waits in lines or brings jugs to the water truck.
For that, I can do ok - I have 4+ years of everything that I can think of, other than food (only 6 months of that). I even have spare water heaters (still empty, of course). I can collect rain water from my roof (i.e., no overhanging trees and 4 inch hoses that connect to the downspouts), have a Katadyn - actually 2 of them as the replacement filter element costs almost as much as a complete unit - have multiple gasoline and propane stoves and lanterns - pool shock and other chemicals, lots of other stuff.
What’s been really neat about the whole experience is that the consumable stuff that I have (and use anyway) has gone up in price dramatically just in the past 3 years, so locking up 10k in that stuff has been the second best investment of my life (shorting Countrywide was the best).
Narrow bucket with a small flapper valve in the bottom.
I used your link and was pleased to see a lovely image of the Archimedes screw. However the info about the use of water with a vehicle was not on the page. Would you be willing to post a link to the proper page for that water-in-vehicle info? I went to the web site (which I have bookmarked) but could not find what you were referring to.
thanks a lot!
Moving water by vehicle is not from a web link, but experience. The US army uses 5 ton trucks to move as little as 500 gallon tanks, with strict rules that tanks are either to be empty, or full, because if they are half full, bad things can happen.
One trucker was driving with a tank almost full, and his brakes got white hot and started to smoke. He had to use almost all the water in the tank with a pump and hose to cool them down.
So I’ve really no idea where to find a resource for this, other than Field Manuals, or talking to an experienced water haul trucker. Though there’s probably a lot more lore to it than I know.
Thanks for the info! I had not understood that it was not at the link you reference. Thanks again!
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