We now have a new well drilled on the property.
They went through 5 feet of dirt and 175 ft of solid Rose Colored Granite. The total cost for drilling, sealing, well casing and taxes brought the whole she bang to $6,377.00. We will probably be spending another $4,000.00 to get the water into the house. My wife who is Korean wants to pay the installer with her famous Spicy
hot chicken, but he declined. Said he wasn't ready for 6 months of burnt lips.
you are lucky and got off cheap
I paid 7 grand to go down through 185 feet of dirt and clay. That is an almost unbelievably cheap price to go through solid granite! Did I get jipped?!
My well went thru 4 feet of dirt and then 110 feet of sandstone. added about another 15 foot for a reservoir below the sandstone, in the water bearing shale. It cost 975.00 for a antique hammer type drill rig to drill it. That was 30 years ago. The best I can remember, the drill rig was mounted on a 1948 Diamond T truck... Then we built the house over the well. Don't need no ditch that way.
In a previous house that I built, the well went to 613 feet and yielded only 2 GPM !! It was almost a deal killer
Ours was 160 ft. total and yielded 10 gpm. The cost was about $10 grand 12 years ago.
It is more expensive to go through dirt and clay because it has to be cased, well casing is very expensive. Granite has got to be pretty easy drilling compared to basalt that we have to go through.
Grady, good to see you post on here! Haven't seen one from you for a while. I see you have a different profile picture, have you moved? Dave
The old windmill tower on this place is a deserted relic. We've had a RWD for years now, and I don't mind that a bit.
2005 I had a well drilled that went 180 feet. At 140 feet we hit water measured at 60 GPM. I told the driller to go to 180 feet to leave a sediment well at the bottom. I believe we hit a large vein and the sediment well was not needed. All my neighbors have had to replace their pumps and have the bottom sucked out, even the ones who drilled after me. Never doubt a dowser, it will haunt you. I dowsed my own and my in-laws. Both were high yield wells.
The Old Pirate Water Co. well that serves 13 houses on our street was drilled to 150' fifty years ago. We pulled the pump this fall, and the sounder went to 144', but the pump hanged up at 110', so it was placed at 100'. It is 42 gph and did not run out when let to run open. Water level is at 41' down. The water has gotten harder over the years.
You guys are lucky with all those shallow wells. My last well was drilled to a depth of 729 foot according to the driller. Water came to about 20 foot from the top. We set about 60 foot of pipe and have had no shortage of water problems for some years. Two shallow wells before this one produced enough water to flush the toilet about twice and than the pump was sucking air.
A windmill could save your life if the power grid goes down as some are predicting that it will take years to restore it.
Back in 1978 I bought a 20 acre piece of property in Candia NH on Chester Turnpike to build a house on. Not sure if things have changed since, but back then, your contract with the driller was for a hole in the ground w/o guaranty of water. First hole went down 550 feet and dry. Second hole went to 730 feet and dry. The driller suggested we blast one of the holes to crack the strata and suggested we try the first hole. Called in a specialist who laid out 300 or so feet of explosives that looked like packages of cookie dough and lowered them into the well. We then had a water delivery truck fill the well with water. Everyone got clear and he touched off the dynamite. Once the debris settled we ran to the well and could hear water rushing in and eventually saw it shimmering up towards the surface. Dropped in a pump and all was gold for a few days till the hole ran dry and we burned up a pump. The driller and blaster suggested we try again as the strata may have settled back down. Again, we repeated the process and watched as water shimmered to the surface, and dropped in a fresh pump. This time I would drop a pebble down the shaft every morning and to my dismay by the third day I could no longer hear the pebble hit the water. So for the third time the driller comes back and starts a new hole. By the time he hits 285 feet and still no water I told him to stop drilling. On the suggestion of a neighbor I contacted an old duffer that owned Derry Wash Well company. He came out, doused for 20 minutes or so and planted a flag. Here he said; 35gpm at 12 feet but the water wasn't that good. Rented a back hoe and within 5 minutes of digging I had 3 veins the size of my thumb pouring into the hole and 12 feet till I hit a solid bottom. Took 4 mud sucker pumps to keep the hole empty while I cleaned the bottom of the hole. Dropped in some gravel then 3 well tiles and we had us a water source Had to run a filter system, but at least we were able to finally get an occupancy permit.
At the 5foot level they hit ground water, and they did put in a resevoir of ten ft at the bottom of the well. The flow is about 20GPH but is more than enough. Our previous well was a hand dug 35 ft well in a cow pasture. We have been here for almost 11 years and knew we needed to drill a new well. We never did use much of the ground water and always imported our drinking water.
We still need to install all the essential items to bring water from the well to the house
and we have allotted $5,000.00 for that part of the project. The plumber is doing the work off the books to keep his ex-wife from getting any of it. I have a shopping list of what I need to purchase and any money changing hands will be cash. He has done all of our plumbing and heating work since 2004 and we trust him as long as my niece keeps him happy.
will give you a final report when done.
Our well driller uses the old fashioned pounder type. The rotary type well drill can hit a vein of water drll past it and plug the water vein
I chose this particular driller because he had drilled our surrounding neighbors' wells. Also he was a model T man.
The good thing is that now next spring, there will be a few extra dollars in the kitty for Model T. stuff.