Make your own deep well bucket

A simple method for getting water out of a deep well without electricity is shown below.

Attach a rope to the PVC pipe and lower the bucket down the 4 to 6 inch well shaft, and let it sink into the water.  The rubber flapper will act like a foot valve and rise up against the wires when it hits the water.  This will allow the water to enter the pipe.  When you start to pull it up, the weight of the water will push the rubber flapper down against the reducer and seal the bottom of the bucket.





Make your own deep well bucket — 12 Comments

  1. Excellent design. I have a question, I’m new to this subject and I don’t understand why the water won’t just fill over the top of the pvc pipe if it is weighted enough to take it below the water line when dropped down.
    I have some time off soon and I’m gonna try and build one of these and test it.

    • MB Right, good question. If you have a gas leak you need to turn your gas off baeucse a spark could create an explosion, or start a fire. In an emergency, gas lines are easily damaged. Think of an earthquake, for example; older gas lines are often rigid, and the shaking can cause them to break. In a case like that, it would be really important that you shut off your gas until someone can come fix the problem. Turning your gas off (if you need to) is an important way to keep a smaller emergency from becoming a bigger emergency. Sometimes gas leaks occur without another emergency if you have an old furnace it may malfunction in some way that causes it to leak gas but these sorts of problems are less common.

  2. Thanks for all your info! But I can’t find a 2-1 1/4 reducer anywhere. Best I’ve found so far is 2-1 1/2 – would that work, or could you tell me where to get the right one? Seems like this should be the easy part.

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