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Old water wells Answered

I was wondering if anyone could give me information or specs on an old style water well/ bucket well. Specifically on what the crank is and what it is called.

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Kiteman (author)2008-08-29

If you mean an old "wishing well", there aren't really any standard specifications, they just built something to fit over the hole.

The bucket was usually raised by a rope wrapped around a simple shaft, turned by a handle.

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NachoMahma (author)2008-08-29

. It's called a windlass. The link Kiteman provided has more info.

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Rishnai (author)2008-08-28

Besides "crank" I wouldn't know what the crank is called. Since I've been itching to do a little drafting lately, I've attached an undimensioned drawing of the sorts of cranks I've seen.

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