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I am planning to dig my own well and want a hand pump for it. Any suggestions?  That is to say do you have experience with certain pumps: I have looked at many ads, but am not sure, really, which if any I've seen stand the test of time. I would love to find an old one, actually. I will probably only be going 20 feet deep or so. Thank you.
 
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Hi Barbara, I just got a new hand pitcher pump and it's about as good as I expected.  Pretty rough and I hope it works.  

If I were to do it over again, I'd hunt antique stores looking for old pumps that are built better.  They may need a new gasket or flapper but they're probably simple to make/get since they're probably made from leather.
 
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Thank you Mike. What brand did you get?
 
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Since the depth is 20 feet only, any pitcher pump will work fine.
 
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I got a pump from Simmons.  Haven't heard of them, I did very little research but it was from Amazon with hopefully good enough reviews...
 
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Have you seen Pauls post about sepp holzers artificial spring. It might be a good alternative. And if you aren't allergic to milk you could get some cattle so that you could them as a water source slash calorie source
 
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connor burke wrote:Have you seen Pauls post about sepp holzers artificial spring. It might be a good alternative. And if you aren't allergic to milk you could get some cattle so that you could them as a water source slash calorie source



I'm not sure cow's milk is a great alternative to water.  And what is the cow going to drink?

I don't have direct experience with Lehman's pumps, but I've been considering getting one of theirs.  They are expensive though.  I think I'll try Mike's idea of finding an old one first.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:

connor burke wrote:Have you seen Pauls post about sepp holzers artificial spring. It might be a good alternative. And if you aren't allergic to milk you could get some cattle so that you could them as a water source slash calorie source



I'm not sure cow's milk is a great alternative to water.  And what is the cow going to drink?

I don't have direct experience with Lehman's pumps, but I've been considering getting one of theirs.  They are expensive though.  I think I'll try Mike's idea of finding an old one first.


cows get most of their fluid via grass. drinking less sanitary water is also an option if it has been filtered through the ground or something. having the extra layer of protection is always nice if you again aren't allergic.
 
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connor burke wrote:
cows get most of their fluid via grass. drinking less sanitary water is also an option if it has been filtered through the ground or something. having the extra layer of protection is always nice if you again aren't allergic.



A milking cow will need at least 30 gallons of water a day.  They don't get that from the grass.
 
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connor burke wrote:
cows get most of their fluid via grass. drinking less sanitary water is also an option if it has been filtered through the ground or something. having the extra layer of protection is always nice if you again aren't allergic.



A milking cow will need at least 30 gallons of water a day.  They don't get that from the grass.



I dont remember where i read that they can get most of their water from what they eat. I know it applys to watermelons for humans but im not so sure about cattle thats why i mentioned filtering dirty water. Springs are a good example.
 
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Get a hand pump that is common in your area. Go around the hardware to see which brand is common It would be easy to find replacement parts. The worst china hand pump could last you at least two years before needing some minor repairs. Normally suction cups and flapper & valves. repairing them is very easy.
 
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