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Old 03-17-2012, 12:03 PM
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Default Water well Drilling Rig rental / DIY drilling

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There are many people wanting to drill there own water well on there own land they own or on land they have leased. Please check your local laws and permit requirments, and water rights.

1. Call driller out of yellow pages and get Gold nugget price quote, with the only guarantee you get from them is they promise to cash the check before the sun goes down. In all 50 states, by law no driller is required to hit or guarantee water, or quality of water.
2. Buy a cheap china toy rig off ebay, these will not hold up, and will only do the job if you have water at 150ft or less and no rock or hard dirt. 3. Buy or rent a water well drilling rig, one with API standard options and real drill pipe. If you only need one well, this may not be a good option to buy, but rental may have a place.

Renting a drilling rig is a great option for land owners or people who have land leased. For Rig rental you must be the land owner or lease holder of land. Drilling your own water well is not for everyone, but if you don't mind working hard and saving 80% of the cost of a water well, then renting may be for you
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:34 PM
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Guessing 3 has limitation for depth also? Thanks i didn't even think renting was an option
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1) CAUTION, CAUTION is the pass word here.

2) Do you homework or it could well be one of the biggest $$$ mistakes you have ever made. Where I live a well and pump house runs abut $20k. Drive a few miles and drill your own. I pull water at 628 ft, well depth is 728. Few miles away you can dig you own well and use a windmill for the pump. KNOW the underground features of where you want to drill!!!!!!!

3) Snapping off a drill bit or twisting drill pipe can leave you with major wallet damage when you go to return the rental!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:27 PM
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Or if your water is 30' or less you can knock a point down by hand.
Old 03-17-2012, 10:07 PM
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I used to log geotechnical samples pulled up from a drill rig. No way would I ever rent one and do this work on my own. Way to dangerous for me. Hats off to the guy that pulls it off though with no prior experience running one.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by biggenius29 View Post
Or if your water is 30' or less you can knock a point down by hand.
In my area knew it was clay then shale type rock then a sandstone bed. I dug about 5 years ago now. Mostly clay and slop the first 10ft, once at 12ft always had water coming in, went down to 16ft, 3 foot and unlined as I dug - althought I did it over a couple of weeks to see if it would cave in while I was not in it.

Being at the bottom of a 16ft, 3 foot wide unlined hole is not a nice place to be. Plus it was a real pain to dig in such a narrow hole. In the end, just did not want to go deeper.

If I was doing it again, I would make it 4-5ft in diameter, dig 4-5 foot and put a cast iron hoop in and then brick up, then dig under the hoop to let gravity lower it and keep bricking up. It is how they used to do mine shafts in my area and is a lot safer than digging in an unlined hole.

Mine normally has 4 ft of water in, enough for what I wanted at the time - watering the garden, did not have any structures on the land at the time to collect water off.
Old 03-18-2012, 09:49 PM
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Kinda funny.

I put in 2 points in 2 afternoons for less than $100 and no one knows it.

The water table here is at the surface during the rainy season. That's one of the reasons I have to garden in containers.

This year I might pump the water to the street to drain the lot.


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