Digging Your Own Working Garden or Homestead Well.

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Introduction: Digging Your Own Working Garden or Homestead Well.

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

Nothing is quite as basic for your homestead or your garden than the need for water.  This simple resource was essential for survival on the farm.  Not much has changed.  Despite having water piped to most of our homes the tools and skills necessary to get at the water beneath your feet are still important.  Wether you are adding a pump for backup purposes, life off the grid or just  a functional bit of elegance to your home this instructable will help you get there.

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    Entertaining, informative and pleasant video! I can also see what a great father you are. Very inspiring, thank you.

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    Our water cistern is built around a fast-flowing spring. During early Spring, it isn't hard to find water gushing out of the ground just about anywhere on the farm. Well, except for our yard.

    This was a very well made do it yourself project, thank you for the knowledge.

    While I realize that you are showing how to do it by hand, I'd pound the sand point with a rotohammer. Lots easier. Get vids.

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    Have you tried it? I would like to know because I was told/read that the hammer would break the couplings every time and yet I know that is how the big drillers drive casing. Did you try with a power hammer and how did it work?

    Our ground here isn't much different here. I've driven 1" galvanized teeny feet down with a rotohammer. We were probing for the gravel. The one spot had about fifteen feet of sand then the gravel. We welded some steel to an old bit, inserted the bit inside the pipe, mounted the hammer, and went to work. You hear/feel it when it hits gravel. Lot of luck.

    Good job I like it well done