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Cheapest way to get water out of well?

I have a cabin in Perry County. I have a well with, I think a 5 inch pipe. The water starts at 30 feet and the well is 58 feet deep. The well hasn't been used in years. I owned the cabin for 7 years and the guy that I bought it from hadn't used it for a while. It had 2 plastic pipes going down it 50 feet, so I guess that it had a jet pump in it. I don't want to run water into the cabin. I just want to get it outside. I'm thinking that I would just use it from Spring Gobbler until the end of October, then turn it off. So I was thinking some kind of pump with a pressure tank inside like a pump house. A guy gave me a price for a submersible pump with an inline tank and a yard hydrant. Just what I need but $2400. I'm thinking something for maybe $600 to $700. Any Ideas? Am I thinking too low with my price?
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Re: Cheapest way to get water out of well?

hand pump?
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Re: Cheapest way to get water out of well?

Dig down next to your well casing 3' x3' to pour a concrete pad over a course of gravel. build a small wooden box over that pad and go get a used submersible pump if you need the pressure or try a jet pump since the lines are already there. You can find pumps used . Go to a plumbing supply place, tell them what you're looking for, check c-list, classified papers, give it a month something will show up. The price you got is way too much for a hunting cabin. Now that's me thinking you'll provide the labor. If you consider a used pump, wiring, conduit, water lines, a disconnect box, assorted hardware, 700.00 at the most.
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Harbour frieght has a pump/tank/pressure switch all in one unit for about $100. I bought one two years ago and it works great for watering the garden and lawn etc from my pond. The whole unit can be picked-up and carried with one hand.
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The Harbor Freight pump is for a shallow well 25 feet or less. I looked at that. I thought about a hand pump but it is the same thing, you need a deep well hand pump and they cost as much as a submersible.
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Re: Cheapest way to get water out of well?

For what you need a decent shallow well pump will work. So you can pull out the old pipe put in 1 1/4 plastic pipe with a foot valve on the end (check valve) on the top of the well case they have a cap the would fit over the well with a hole for the pipe jet pump and small pressure tank, run it over to a stand with a hose connection on it and build a insulated house around it. The wiring is simple put a pigtail on the pump and run a extension cord if you don't want to run anything permenant, though if you will use it later that that you may want to put in a light to keep the temp up. Just remember to drain the water from the pump and lines when you are done using it after Oct or you will freeze and break the pump casing. Then the spring reprime and there you go!

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I had a new well drilled just last week and installed a new pump,wire, and plastic line. I'll sell you the old pump 220 volt 1/2 submersible Gould, 100' of old wire, and 100' old plastic line for $150. All worked great when it was pulled less than a week ago, well went dry. Even have an old bladder tank that if it tests ok you can have for free.
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Check out Northern tool, they have a bunch of different pumps.
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Re: Cheapest way to get water out of well?

The pipe is no longer in the well, I took it out a couple of years ago. Ripnmax I would take you up on that deal but I only have 110 volt out to the shed where the pump was and I don't think I can run a 220 with the box I have. I didn't think a shallow well pump would work since I would probably have to go down to 40 or 45 feet. Will it?
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Re: Cheapest way to get water out of well?

If your water is at 30 feet it will be fine for what you want. 1 1/4 inch pvc, foot valve, jet pump, small pressure tank, 1 inch tee, reducer to 3/4 or 1/2 a garden spigot and a extension cord. You can then use a garden hose to use the water as you wish. The total cost for all of the above would be somewhere in the 400 (the pump can drive up the cost). little building around it to keep clean and neat you got what you need.

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