Make your Own Deep Well Bucket

This is a rerun of an old post.  The reason is that one of our readers has made an improvement to the design. It is shown at the bottom.   A simple method for getting water out of a deep well without electricity is shown below.Untitled-13-1024x962


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.



Matt from Oklahoma made three the other day and by using screws in place of the wires to hold the flapper  in place simplified the design.

His finished buckets

Notice the screw instead of the wire

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7 Responses to Make your Own Deep Well Bucket

  1. David says:

    The rope that attaches to the pipe, should not be attached so that any of the rope is outside the bucket. As the bucket is raised and lowered it will wear away on the well pipe and you will lose the bucket down the well. Stick a bolt through the bucket and attach the rope to the bolt.
    Also attach a stick to the other end of the rope as a T so it all doesn’t slip down the well.

  2. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Thats a good point. I didnt have any issues in testing but long term you are right!

  3. Joe says:

    A dependable well made well bucket can be found at

  4. Tone says:

    I have my bucket but am trying to find the correct rope for my 140 ft well. Any suggestions on diameter and material? I am thinking 3/8 in. dont know if I will ever use it so the rope will be stored in my garage.

  5. Rbt buckman says:

    I need a foot valve for a 3″plastic pipe! i have a antique bucket. no good, if I had a foot valve I could make one!

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