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.




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15 Responses to Make your own deep well bucket

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    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.

  2. admin says:

    If you put enough weight in you could get it to sink, but remember you have to pull that extra weight up.

  3. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Passed this around to some folks today, good info

  4. Ron Mauer says:

    This is an improvement over the buckets I’ve been making That version uses a more fragile check valve and more parts. Thanks for posting. This is a better and simpler design.

    • Noel says:

      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.

  5. Anonymous says:

    can’t you just use a pitcher pump?

  6. Clay says:

    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.

  7. admin says:

    Any size will work as long as the rubber flapper won’t fall through.

  8. Marshall says:

    I’m trying to find a pump for a 100 ft well I want to build a water wheel but can’t find a pump

  9. Russ says:

    I BUILT 1 LIKE THIS BUT …I used a hand-ball as a stopper it worked good too. hope this helps. thanks.

  10. survivormann says:

    For very deep wells, the time that it takes to run the bucket down the well and to pull it up again could be very significant. In arid and semi-arid areas, this would be a particularly serious problem if a person was not only providing drinking water for the family, but was also using the water to irrigate a garden. Obviously, the bucket can only go down and come back up so many times a day, and this could severely restrict the size of the garden that could be irrigated.

    In order to speed up the process and also save much of the labor/drudgery involved, a simple garden hose reel could be used to lower and raise the bucket.

    With a little effort in the shop, a much larger contraption based on the same general design for a hose reel could be constructed. This would speed up the process dramatically, and produce a much greater amount of water. The difference in the amount of water produced for a garden could be the difference in some climates between life and death.

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