2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
New Way To Drill Your Own WellIf you've checked the price of drilling a new well lately, you know you're looking at an expense of thousands of dollars. That's what prompted a pair of Texas inventors to come up with a new do-it-yourself method.
The heart of the system is an air-powered sander/polisher that can be picked up for about $35. The Bursons removed the handle to fit the power tool inside a piece of pvc pipe. Then they drilled a hole in the back of the sander's housing so air could exit.
With the right selection of "bits" and a compressor that'll put out 16 cfm at 90 psi, they soon had a well drilling rig. Best of all, Burson says, it practically digs the well by itself. Here's how it works:
A small hole is dug and water is added. Then the pipe with the sander and bit inside is inserted into the hole. As air passes up the pipe, it creates a vacuum that pulls in the water and soil to the surface through a hose. After filtering out the solids, the water is returned to the hole.
"The most revolutionary idea in the system was using the exhaust air coming out the hole in the sander's housing to remove water and dirt from the hole," says Burson. He reports using the system to dig wells as deep as 210 feet.
Kits ship with bits to drill a hole large enough for a 4-in. thin wall, pvc casing.
The time needed to drill a well depends on the type of soil and the depth needed to find water. In sandy areas of Florida, drilling a well can take as little as a day, while clay and rock can stretch drilling out to a week or more.
Well-Tek sells kits for $399.95, and individual parts are also available. Plans and an instructional DVD are available on the company website, which features video of the system at work.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Well-Tek, 10758 Highway 155 S., Big Sandy, Texas 75755 (ph 903 576-6800; www.howtodrillawell.com).
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