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How can I put a hand pump in my water well?
If you have a submersible water well pump in your well, we have found you can not easily use an old fashioned hand pump like the ones made by Baker Manufacturing, unless you have a 10" well casing.
If you want to use the Baker hand pump with a standard hand pump cylinder, you can store the hand pump until an emergency, and install it in your well after removing the electric water well pump.
The second method would be to hand drive a 2" drive point well and install the Baker hand pump and hand pump cylinder in it, so when the emergency happens it is ready for use.
Emergency Hand Pump
The BEST WAY is to put an emergency hand pump into your well, with your electric pump still installed. When you need it, the emergency hand pump is already installed and ready for use.
The Emergency Hand Pump is a slim line pump that installs into a well, down along the side of the well pipe, preventing the push on the cylinder.
The hand pump is constructed of strong Stainless Steel and Aluminum. The pipe going down into the well is 1" Schedule 80 PVC with small fiberglass rods that will connect to the plunger in the cylinder and enable pumping. Each length of pipe will have a centralizer in the coupling area to keep the fiberglass pumping rod from bowing. The PVC pipe is in 9' lengths and therefore stabilizes the rod most efficiently.
The PVC is light, and therefore the installation of the hand pump is something many people can do themselves, with the help of a friend.
If you have a pitless adapter, make sure you have room for a 1" pipe with a coupling to pass by the pitless adapter, before ordering. This is usually only a problem if you have a 4" ID well pipe.
The well cap that comes with the emergency hand pump system is designed to replace your regular well seal or pitless well cap. The top of the cap has a collet that holds the hand pump sturdy. There is a slide in install tool that holds the pipe from dropping while putting additional pipe and rods together. You will start the installation by connecting the pumping cylinder plunger to the fiberglass pump rod. Slide a piece of pipe over the rod and screw it into the top of the cylinder. This will leave a short amount of rod sticking up past the top of the pipe. Slide the rod centralizer down over the rod into the coupling area of the pipe. The install tool will hold the pipe at the cap while you screw the next rod and pipe on to the one below. Now you will repeat the process of lowering the installed pipe and rod into the well, and hold it with the install tool.
When you have all your pipe and rod installed, the top piece will be bushed up to the size for the bottom of the emergency hand pump body. Down in the well below frost level, a small weep hole is drilled into the pipe at 48" to allow the water to weep back down to a level where it will not freeze when you quit pumping. We can have this hole drilled lower, by special request. Once you have connected your pipe and rod to the hand pump body, it is lowered into the collet and tightened in place. Now the lever handle will make pumping water by hand easy, when the power is out, or you just want to pump some clean fresh water away from the house.
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