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    Arrow Well, well, well ...

    A bit of an oddball question...

    I wonder if anyone here has experience of drilling their own well to get 'free' water?

    My estimate is that i need around a 5m deep hole to reach the water table (based on nothing more than observation of surrounding land and streams.

    I *think* my ground is made up of layers of.
    top soil
    flint based gravel
    clay

    I know the top soil and the gravel extends around 2 m down and is heavily mixed in places (house used to be a church and the location i prefer used to be a graveyard so had many 6' deep holes dug and refilled in it - once to put someone in, once to take them out again when the ground was de-consecrated).

    I've been looking at a number of DIY methods before committing to "phoning the professionals" to survey the ground conditions, write a report and then turn up with 100k worth of machinery...

    I mean.... how hard can it really be to dig a 6m deep 150 wide hole?


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    your braver than me,id be worried they forgot someone and knowing my luck i'd find them,andi

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    Not brave - adventurous!

    Doesn't look like this topic has much interest though....

    More research required.....

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    If you google “drill your own well” you will see lots of videos showing you how to do it.
    I think a lot depends on how stoney the ground is and how far you have got drill to get to the water table. If you are lucky it can be achieved with a bit of plastic pipe fitted with a home made drill bit on the end and a garden hose supplying water for lubrication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rog.G View Post
    If you google “drill your own well” you will see lots of videos showing you how to do it.
    I think a lot depends on how stoney the ground is and how far you have got drill to get to the water table. If you are lucky it can be achieved with a bit of plastic pipe fitted with a home made drill bit on the end and a garden hose supplying water for lubrication.

    Hi Rog.G thanks

    I've looked at a number of methods from vac pumps, augers (manual and machinery) as well as the various water and air powered methods. 6m (estimated) is pretty shallow so its probably not worth the expense of investing in a specialist drill... but its a little deep for a simple augered hole ...

    I just thought it might be an interesting side topic here if anyone had practical experience...

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    Sounds like an interesting project good luck with it as I'm sure with your knowledge you'll crack it in no time. Just hopefully you won't crack someone's water supply or it won't be a well it will be a geyser

    I've had to dig a few trenches for cable runs over the years and it seems everywhere I dig as soon as I go much more than 12" below the surface the water starts appearing in the bottom of the trench. That's probably got something to do with surface water seeping through the layers of soil as it sinks through to the water table below than actually reaching the water table at that depth.

    BTW I had to use spell check to get the right spelling for geyser as I had gezzer at first which is something totally different so I hope you don't end up finding one of them seeing as your on the site of an old graveyard

    I always though I must be anorexic or illegitimate as my spelling's terrible

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    And I thought I had a good sense of humour

    I knew koi keeping was expensive but that's OTT in anyone's book isn't it LOL

    He's an engineer not a millionaire

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    Maybe this is a more cost effective option

    https://www.partypacks.co.uk/bucket-...BoCgEIQAvD_BwE

    Sorry - I'll get me coat !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frimley Koi keeper View Post
    He's an engineer not a millionaire
    Are the two mutually exclusive....


    As to all your suggestions - haha


    I suspect I am more in the market for this

    Although this looks like lots of fun!



    Though a quick look through local geology records is suggesting that the town i live in is called flint for a reason!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandlin View Post
    Are the two mutually exclusive....
    OK you got me there Brandlin you could be both.

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    Make sure you have your 3 shredded wheat and spinach before using the first one!!!
    And as for the second one I thought it was a WMD when I first saw it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandlin View Post
    Did you find that by mistyping M&S

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    no... S&M....

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    Lol I thought you were trying to dig a well not take out a small country with your WMD

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    My dad was involved in various aspects of quarrying as an explosives engineer ... I remember him with a large tripod supported powered drilling rig that he used to carry about on a landrover in the 70's ... unfortunately he's been dead for a good while now but wow you talking about drilling brought back memories of him taking me to his work the odd time (health and safety was a bit more relaxed in those days) ...

    I'll be interested to see how this goes ... love stuff like this ..
    About me: Back by popular demand ...

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    you can get a crew in Wirth a drill rig on the back of a trailer, same sort of set up as using poured pilling

    do you need an abstraction licence in your area?
    the slow pond build thread

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    ah but where's the fun in having someone else do it?
    Its one of those things where doing it yourself is more fun than having the actual thing!

    Abstraction license.... See, i knew there was a good reason to ask if people !


    (several minutes on google later)

    If i am reading things correctly then the application process is the same across the UK and administered by the UK environment agency.
    You only need a license if you want to remove more than 20 cubic metres of water a day. I wont be anywhere near that...

    But i suspect a conversation with the Environment agency would be beneficial.....

 

 

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