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WELL DRILLING 101 | Every Step Explained

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A fulll breakdown of the entire well drilling process from start to finish. NOAH Tiny House Certification: http://noahcertified.org/ Tell 'em Dan Richfield sent ya! STRYKER TRAILERS: www.StrykerTinyHouseTrailers.com 256-310-1902 Ask for Chuck Graham! We will be publishing plans for this house later this year at: OFFGRIDBUILD.COM
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Dan Thiels (4 days ago)
400-600 ft in the part of AZ where im at , ALOT of granite to drill thru , 15-60 grand for a well in this area ..... im buying water for a while before i take that on
itsadogsworld yaknow (4 days ago)
How much did this cost??
itsadogsworld yaknow (4 days ago)
The Pvc is "Well casing Pipe" Very thick wall!
Dark Shadow II (7 days ago)
I laughed. You win. Loved the cartoon snips!
J Ames (8 days ago)
nice,,best ever....
lilhojo123 (10 days ago)
What's stopping that steel piping from rusting and contaminating the water. also how do you know that you will hit water.
johnnymcblaze (10 days ago)
1:35 I'd imagine. Nice.
Low bass (12 days ago)
Learned something today
G Nk (13 days ago)
Super strong shaft that is not going to compromise when you're going down.... My wife telling you stories about me again? ;)
nice skinny jeans dude put a hat on to cover that Chrome
Devin E (15 days ago)
Title of video made it seem like there would have been an expert explaining the process. Not some guy that watched it done once. Sorry but ya.
Richard Alvis (16 days ago)
about 5 thousand dollars later
ya yaya (17 days ago)
keep drilling until you hit the tbm tunnels that the american alien illuminati nephilim overlord gods use to criss cross the country at hyper speeds.
Angel Wonder (17 days ago)
very informative, but I'm a little curious as to how well digging was done in the days of Abraham, when they didn't have all that heavy equipment
steve b (18 days ago)
NEVER move to ANY place that doesn't have CITY water.
Rick Miller (21 days ago)
I am a well driller myself
Josh Paul (21 days ago)
Worked with my uncle who is a 4th generation driller this summer. Interesting to see how others use some different tools and techniques while also keeping certain things very similar
William Vanson (25 days ago)
This is absolutely brilliant, I am born and raised in NYC. Never knew anything about this stuff. Frankly, I never even thought about it. I am so much more informed Many thanks
GR33N L1GHT (25 days ago)
I may have missed it but, is it possible to run out of well water?
soveless963 (28 days ago)
Correct me if my math is incorrect I used the flowrate off a similar pump to what you stated, and came out with the result of ~3504.4 gallons of water you can draw on before the pump begins to run dry. (Math based off the flowrate of your pump being 10.5669gpm, a refill rate of 10gpm and the total amount of starting water being ~188gal [π3^2*1536=~188gal] )
Tom Maika (1 month ago)
great...CAVE...aka SINKHOLE! Bye Bye to your house above!
drgil65 (1 month ago)
How did you know where to drill for water, how much did it cost all together to drill your well?
anthony asaro (1 month ago)
That blue thing is a torque arrester it keeps the pump from spinning and breaking off the end of the pipe and also breaking the wires that power the pump !!
Justin Games (1 month ago)
My teacher said it’s grass than rocks than dirt than rocks than the red sticky dirt than rocks than stone
Mike Penn (1 month ago)
Great video!
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Wet Techniques (1 month ago)
Been drilling wells for 20 years. I got confused about 6, 7, 11teen times watching this guy talk. 10gpm???? No way I’d pay for that. You got screwed man
All the water that comes from the wells in my neighborhood is very rusty idk if that's bad
Crazy Redneck (1 month ago)
How did you find the location to start drilling at on your land?
Dolo Molo (1 month ago)
Jack L (1 month ago)
Thanks for the ear rape at 0:54 lol, rip me and all other headphone users
rosmaledegekste1 (1 month ago)
I think you did well! Well done!
Brandon Allen (1 month ago)
Very interesting video... But you left a few things out!! 1 how did you locate where to drill for water in first place?? 2 how did you determine the water was good and safe prior to drilling? 3 how much did it cost? 4whst is the chemistry of your well water?? 5 finally how is the well deepend if needed?
Nicolas Gomez (1 month ago)
How much did it all cost?
bubbajeph (1 month ago)
I am hand digging a well using an auger shovel. I live 30 feet above sea level and the Poquoson River is about 1500 yards away. I went through about 8 feet of clay and rocks of different sizes. I hit water at 10 feet. Have been pulling gray mucky sand and shell fragments with every shovel full. I am now 12 feet in the water column and 22 feet down. I am wondering if this is ground water I am in. I do not want to be too shallow that I will run out of water when watering the garden and yard. My parents had a well pump when I was growing up. My previous house had a well too. Like well water to water the yard. Any ideas if I am deep enough and in ground water table? Should I dig deeper??
Caleb (1 month ago)
My well is 62 feet deep. 325 is insane to me.
Blue Marble (1 month ago)
Poly pipe + rope give homeowners an easy to the pump
aussie oi oi oi (1 month ago)
They drilled deeper because the water table is limited. Each year countries have to drill deeper to get ground water. Its not a magical underground world of water
Yahushuas Disciple (1 month ago)
Silent Death (1 month ago)
10 GPM is not a good amount that's seepage water our well would pump 60 GPM the trick is knowing where to drill water vanes run north and south east and west, another thing to look for is ant piles ants like a good source of water we drilled right on top of the ant hill and the water was soft good taste and plenty of GPM and we drilled right on the top of a hill. Most well drillers don't have knowledge of these clues ant tricks to get good water, I learned all this from an old timer who drilled the old style wells with the big culvert style casing.
BoldlyPoliPranks (1 month ago)
u just like talking about big shalfs and pipes and making the bed rock
jipedo williamson (1 month ago)
No worse feeling than running out of water in your well especially mid shower
It's all fun and dandy till you find out a buncha' fuckin Mexicans have been pouring thier motor oil into the soil along with any fluid waste they wanna discard.
Louis Fortin (1 month ago)
to keep the pump from spinning a couple of turns at the end of pipe from start torque,
YT_PoliceForce (1 month ago)
I went into my basement a few years ago to find a cap came off my water tank, I had a good 2 inches of water.
Aidocortez (1 month ago)
You should of included prices
Zaxaris Petixos (1 month ago)
If you are near a river, lake you do need to go to the bedrock
Justin Hankins (1 month ago)
Man it’s way different in Texas
Kandela Brown (1 month ago)
You should’ve said where you are. In Florida they drilled my well with a gasoline powered pump that would spray the sand out of the way as the pvc pipe was lowered 50 feet. But now here in the Dutch Caribbean it is diabase all the way down to where the water is. Usually we have to contend with brackish water, but i got lucky and have very good well water, about as good as i had in Florida.
wolf wolf (1 month ago)
They went that deapth because they didn't know the rate of flow of the water table or how much pressure it's under. They could run the pump down farther than that to but the flow rate is good enough for you to do laundry take a shower and water the garage at the same time
Tim Turner (1 month ago)
My famliy has owned a well company for around 60 years in South alabama bed rock at least here is not the target you wont a layer of clay then sand witch is where the you get the water.....
Sailor376also (1 month ago)
The 1.25 pipe PVC is under great pressure.
Robin Boots (1 month ago)
The PVC will be under pressure in order to push the water up
Watthead80 (1 month ago)
Not all rotary rigs use air hammers to drill, some use tricones or drag bits. There is also reverse rotary, which all the cutting go inside the pipe then out, like the name implies reverse what regular rotary goes. There is also bored wells, which is large diameter and shallower. Typically 36" diameter using concrete tiles. We use 30" fiberglass for our wells. You then have a buried slab, which is just a reducer going to your casing size to standpipe size, usually 6". There are many ,many aquifers that are in alluvial materials. Like sand gravels deposits. Some of these wells may only need to be 40' or so deep. There is more to water wells than many people think.
We had a well that when they replaced the pump it opened up a sinkhole. The sides of the well started giving way and kept growing and growing.
Robert Krous (1 month ago)
How much was the cost for the drillers if you don’t mind
Wolf Playz (1 month ago)
The blue thing is a torque arrestor the pvc should have been schedule 80
Dan Cooper (1 month ago)
I'm desporatly trying to find oil , can you get oil with this water method?
bashpr0mpt (1 month ago)
That's a bore, not a well, innit?
bashpr0mpt (1 month ago)
Processes. Not processis. :P
bashpr0mpt (1 month ago)
Your face is an overburden.
Bob Smithereens (1 month ago)
Glad I have a shallow well (40 ft) with a 3 ft diameter concrete well.
sea band (1 month ago)
Great video. First time to know the system name call well system. Lol. My house use the well system too. I always call underground water pump 😂
Esel moestuin (1 month ago)
yt... no forest on flat eath...
sstroh08 (1 month ago)
The blue thing on the top of the pump just keeps it centered and keeps the wire from chafing on the sides of the well. The pump gives a leap every time it turns on and off and in a smaller casing well, the wires will eventually rub through and blow the breaker without it. I work for a plumbing company and we do lots of pump work (but we don't dig the wells. It was interesting seeing that part of it) and we use something similar, except we use several that go up the whole pipe to keep it from bouncing too. They look like little white rings with a big hole in the center for the pipe and two little holes for the wire and support rope.
Richard Driskill (1 month ago)
Pretty good video. How much did the well cost you?
Dreadog (1 month ago)
Well Done
russell downer (1 month ago)
This is the clearest and simplest well drilling video ever. So easy to understand. Thanks for posting
kerryithm2 (1 month ago)
Curious, Did U or someone " WITCH " the spot that was drilled ? Predictions BEFORE any drilling occurred ? Thank You.
David Cartland (1 month ago)
cool video
Bill S (1 month ago)
I’m a professional geologist. They set the pump high off the bottom of the casing such that you would have a volume of water (storage) in the well casing. If you were to pump more than 10 gpm, you would have draw down in the well. This storage acts as a buffer to that. Additionally, we’ll yield may decrease over time. This helps take that into account as well.
Master Armedforces (1 month ago)
Dumb question: Is well water free? Not the set-up or pumps, but the actual water usage, like for lawn watering.
terry waller (1 month ago)
Step one is to check to see if your allowed to install a well.
BLANK MEMES (1 month ago)
No. No one believes that you were talking to anyone, you might have been told it was a cute idea to start a video but it just looks and feels dishonest.
REESES_PUFFS (1 month ago)
1st never dig straight down 2nd what happens if you accidentally go through the bedrock and fall out of the world
Azathoth43 (1 month ago)
I'm surprised some European hasn't come in here telling us how their system is better.
Homefront (1 month ago)
Lol 800 ft on a well we just had done
Homefront (1 month ago)
My Ex Called me her “Hammer drill”
Homefront (1 month ago)
My Ex had a cave that was definitely charted
Homefront (1 month ago)
My Ex was an overburden
Eddie Taylor (1 month ago)
Great video!!! Thanks
gato712 (1 month ago)
Muy interesante
A O (1 month ago)
Already I knew the most by watching many like this, yours are more informative and fun to watch, good work Dan.
Susan S (1 month ago)
What is the average cost? This was a very informative video!
TheBlondeViking (1 month ago)
Thank you for the information and to the commenters for ...commenting. I learned a LOT from you all. One question I missed the answer on. If you drill this deep, and find water way down...why not install the pump closer to the end of the casing? I understand in dug wells you need room for silt or whatever makes the water less clean, is this the case in drilled well too? Like you get less, but cleaner water if the pump is higher up?
Tom Cool (2 months ago)
Probably should not have used PVC pipe with the pump. Others use a black plastic pipe.
Riccardo Rinaldo (2 months ago)
Is there a manual backup pump option? in case you lose power? What about water quality testing?
Riccardo Rinaldo (2 months ago)
Great vid man!
Tyler Campbell (2 months ago)
Recently over pumped my well by watering my grass for four hours a night...... I had no idea what was going on when the dirt water came through the faucets and toilets... Called somebody the next day and they told me to try not to use water as much as possible, and the end of the next day the water was crystal clear! It is nuts how fast these wells can fill back up!
Alpha1 (2 months ago)
Is water tested for minerals?
AcePleiades (2 months ago)
The worker with the beer belly looks like a dwarf
ekeb1 (2 months ago)
2 minutes in and I'm so fucking annoyed buy the constant break of pace.
WISDOM CROW (2 months ago)
Awesome video! Very educational and "WELL" said.
Sigibrand (2 months ago)
The wells that I help drill are within the boundaries of the Oglala aquifer. Gravel is usually located anywhere from 40-200 feet deep. We use a portadrill to drill an 8 inch hole for 4 inch casing. Water table isn't usually too far from the surface but we go to gravel, chatter sand, or salt and pepper sand because it is cleaner, relatively free of nitrates, and gives a pretty decent yield.
Jose Burciaga (2 months ago)
I'm sorry , but not accurate , I do this for a living
Roy L Hunt (2 months ago)
If anyone wants to know anything about Drilling Wells, contact Larry Lee, He has drilled thousands. https://www.facebook.com/larry.lee.5473
john N/A (2 months ago)
So are you not a well driller?
matt taylor (2 months ago)
i have a regulator so i dont run out of water... then goes to say you cant run out of water because pump GPM = well refill rate..... LOGIC!
Meagher Chisholm (2 months ago)
Blue thing is a torque arrester
BrewPub (2 months ago)
Nicely done explanation.
Billy Quinn (2 months ago)
you don't know what the hell your talking about
Iowarail (2 months ago)
What did it cost you a foot?

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