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Old 04-09-2018, 11:46 AM
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Andy, your symptoms sound EXACTLY like mine were about 40 years ago before we moved back to Oregon from Kalipornya - 340 foot well, all of a sudden no water - with a stethoscope I could hear the motor start and stop, and a current check (clamp-on ammeter with peak hold) showed a VERY brief surge, then almost no current (but still motor noise) -

This was during a VERY dry spell, so fingernails got chewed down a bit

Pump guy comes out, starts pulling pipe sections - the last 180-200 feet of pipe were WET - 3 of the 4 owners (shared well) were present, and IMMEDIATELY became - we ALL were happy to share a $1200 cost instead of the alternative...

The reason for those symptoms in our case - old pump (3 horse, 17 stage) was set fairly close to the bottom, there had been a minor cave-in, and the impellors had jammed - the connection between motor and impellors had broken, so the motor could turn but wasn't pumping ANYTHING...

Pump guy wanted to know why we'd put that big a pump on ("we" hadn't,water system was already in place when the 4 parcels were sold) - he said he could sell us a 1-1/2 horse/21 stage for less, and the power bill (also shared 4 ways) would drop to less than half - We said fine, he left off one of the pipe sections with the new pump, and all was "well" ...Steve
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Old 04-09-2018, 08:45 PM
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Most the wells around me are 40-60 feet deep, mine is considered
ridiculously deep at 140 feet with the pump at 120'.
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:27 AM
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These...with a quality 3 phase pump.. Most give you lifetime pump warranty..

I am down 515 ft, the water is world class. (Runs though lava tubes..)

http://www.franklinwater.com/product...rivemonodrive/
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:38 AM
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I’m thinking the price will come down when they become more common. This one works on 3 wire single phase.

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Old 04-10-2018, 04:25 PM
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Things are not as they seem on the well front. My 585' well is a clerical error due to a same name on the well. What was supposed to have been my well is many miles from my house. My actual well is 320' deep, the pump was set at 260', and the well guy sounded the well at 280'. The first section of pipe was steel, the remaining sections are threaded PVC with brass couplers.
The pump impeller was bad. They are putting in a new pump in the morning. They are putting in a 1 hp 3 wire pump along with a pumpsaver shut off for if it runs dry.
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Old 04-10-2018, 04:42 PM
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That is relativly good news.
Did they instal the Wallet greaser before they quoted. Or is this a cost plus event?
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Old 04-10-2018, 07:22 PM
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Things are not as they seem on the well front. My 585' well is a clerical error due to a same name on the well. What was supposed to have been my well is many miles from my house. My actual well is 320' deep, the pump was set at 260', and the well guy sounded the well at 280'. The first section of pipe was steel, the remaining sections are threaded PVC with brass couplers.
The pump impeller was bad. They are putting in a new pump in the morning. They are putting in a 1 hp 3 wire pump along with a pumpsaver shut off for if it runs dry.
Good to here, Andy. Now you need to write that info down somewhere before you forget it when you get old
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Old 04-10-2018, 08:00 PM
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Learned long ago, write it in ink, ideally laminate it, and staple it to the wall where the utility is located. So well info goes where the pump controls are, that sort of thing.

Same for sketches of where the septic tank/leeching field is.


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Old 04-10-2018, 09:56 PM
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Learned long ago, write it in ink, ideally laminate it, and staple it to the wall where the utility is located. So well info goes where the pump controls are, that sort of thing.

Same for sketches of where the septic tank/leeching field is.


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Took me 9 years after we moved here to find the tank. Still don't know where the drain field is.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:24 PM
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Took me 9 years after we moved here to find the tank. Still don't know where the drain field is.


Down hill from the tank.
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