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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2013, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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getting water from spring to camp

I was thinking about trying to make a Hydraulic Ram Pump since there is no electric available at camp. Wondering if anyone has had any experience with one.(building or using)
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Re: getting water from spring to camp

My uncle's farm in Tioga Co. operated on a spring-fed ram since the turn of the 20th century until the 1960s, when he drilled a well. Could no longer find replacement parts for that old ram.

I still recall staying there and hearing the rythmic pounding of the ram in the plumbing. Put ya right to sleep.

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Re: getting water from spring to camp

I built one in 1969 for a friend's organic farm and it is still in use. Expensive, $2,000.00 back then, and difficult but well (No pun intended) worth the expenditure and pure joy of being your own - FREE - water company.

Look hard on the internet and I'd bet that you can find one - there is a heck of a lot of the world where there is no electricity and water is still needed.

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Re: getting water from spring to camp

was wondering cost wise could you just buy a small generator and a jet pump or a sump depending on where you want to pump the water and what you are going to use it for.

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Re: getting water from spring to camp

At my uncle's farm, the spring was piped downhill for about 100 feet to the ram, probably about a 30 foot drop in elevation? Then the water flowed from the ram, uphill, about 500 feet or so, to the house and barn.

Hydraulic water rams are essentially perpetual motion machines. As long as water flows into it with sufficient force and everything works, they keep pumping water uphill.

They did sometimes have a problem with the thing freezing, if temps dropped into single digits at night and stayed in the low teens during the day. IIRC, unc and my dad replaced the original pipes back around 1940?

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Re: getting water from spring to camp

You will find alot of ram building ideas on the net. plus commercial ones are available.

My spring is close enough to carry a few buckets by hand as needed.

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Re: getting water from spring to camp

My brother in law built one out of pvc and other parts obtained at a hardware store. Had a few hundred in it (2-300) and it worked great. Id maybe suggest having a ram pump fill up a 55 gallon drum or something larger with gravity feed into the cabin for some pressure. Check out the net, you will find plans to make them on the cheap
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