Placing A Hand Water Pump On Your Property

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Having a well pump on your property is a luxury that allows you to have running water within your home. If your electricity goes out, your well pump will no longer work in servicing your household with fresh water to use. You may want to consider placing an old-fashioned hand water pump on your land for quick access to water from below the ground. Here are some instructions you can use in installing a hand water pump of your own to give you peace of mind that there is water for your use at any time.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Hand pump
  • Pipe flange
  • Pipe wrench
  • 7/16" x 7/16" rod coupling
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Cotter pin

Attaching The Water Pump Base

Your existing water pump has a pipe that sticks out of the ground. This is called the well casing. Your hand water pump will be attached to this pipe so you can draw the water inside the well above the ground. To do this, first attach a pipe flange over the lip of the well casing so it is firmly held in place. The existing pump rod will need to be attached to your hand water pump. To do this, use a pipe wrench to attached a rod coupling from the bottom of your hand water pump to the pump rod. 

Once this is in place, the pump base can be attached to the pump rod. The base is the cylindrical portion of your hand water pump. To attach, use the pins on the sides of the base to attach directly to the well casing.

Attaching The Cap Assembly

Once you have the base in place, you can add the cap assembly. This is the portion that has the arm attached for pumping. Before attaching to the base, check to see which direction you would like the arm located to give you the most leverage for pumping. Attach the head of the water pump using a Phillips head screwdriver and screws. Use a cotter pin to attached the arm of the water pump to the cap assembly.

Testing The Pump Arm

After you have your water pump in place, test the arm by lifting it as far as it will go. Push down to see if it will reach the closed position. If it does not make the entire rotation necessary, you may need to replace the pump rod with a shorter one. Pour a glass of water into the cap assembly. This will prime the pump for use. You should now be able to pump the arm up and down to retrieve water from down below with ease.

If installing a hand pump isn't for you, but you're still having troubles with your well pump, reach out to a local well pump service, like R & H Service Inc, for further information on how to proceed.

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