Build a Deep Well Hand Pump for about $50 : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Please forgive if this is inappropriately posted on the forum, but since we have had so many requests for this info, I'd like to post the following notice:

Because several folks have asked us to do so, we have put together a detailed guide on how to build and install a deep well PVC hand pump for $50 or under. This is an expanded version of material which first appeared in Coming Home Magazine (which we publish).

This is the same technology used in those real expensive hand pumps being advertised on the net for $500 and up (way too expensive! You CAN do it yourself!) Pumps from a depth down to about 150 feet. Two people could build & install in an afternoon. It is what we use here on our homestead. It works.

Stock up on extra parts and you could even go into business post-Y2K installing pumps for friends and neighbors who haven't got a manual pump. They will thank you later!

Step-by-step guide, parts list, plans & diagrams. Will also include a free sample issue of Coming Home : all for $10 cash or m.o. from:

Coming Home Magazine PO Box 187 Canmer, KY 42722

-- Jim Erskine (, September 09, 1999


Hi again,

Some folks have asked me if this isn't the same pump as on Countryside's web site or in the cosmoaccess survival libraries. It is not. That pump was designed by Keith Hendricks as an emergency pump for relatively shallow depths. It takes a lot of muscle and has a very small flow of water.

This pump is an improvement or elaboration on Keith's basic design. It uses a second PVC pipe & check valve inside the first, basically creating a hydraulic ram pump. It can be installed and used on an ongoing basis, and gives you about 3 - 4 times the water (about 12 - 14 ounces per stroke) for about half the effort. Several folks have put one in per these instructions, and are very pleased. (If you've put one in and are NOT pleased, let me hear from you, and maybe I can troubleshoot the problem for you.)

It produces more water than the old fashioned iron hand pump you find at Lehman's. That's the route we originally took -- got sick and tired of pumping that heavy iron, pulled it and installed this instead.

You can install alongside your submergible electric pump if needed.

Oh yes, we will take checks, too. A slip of the brain when writing the above.

Hope this clarifies any questions.

Jim Erskine Coming Home Magazine

-- Jim Erskine (, September 10, 1999.

heres a free site!!!!!!

-- Pappy (, September 11, 1999.

Pappy's right --

The site he gives provides the basics on a similar pump. If you are mechanically inclined and can figure out how to build & install everything from the info there, by all means do so.

However, If you haven't had previous experience with installing well pumps & would rather have detailed, step-by-step instructions on doing this the easiest way possible (and believe me, there are lots of HARD and nightmarish ways of installing a pump, which I've learned firsthand), plus info on making the pumping MUCH easier, you know where to get it.


-- Jim Erskine (, September 11, 1999.

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