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Hi everybody,

I know there are some folks out there with a backup hand pump on a standard well, right? Can someone give me some tips, advice or relate their experiences with having a "normal" electric well pump but also having a hand operated pump as an option for drawing up water? My dream is to have a hand pump sticking out the side of my pump house.
 
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I added this to the "Wells and Springs" forum so hopefully more will see it. I'm also interested in ways to have a manual pump on my electric well, too.

Here's my own thread on the subject, too: https://permies.com/t/94006/install-hand-pump-electric-pump, in case it's helpful!
 
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Thanks Nicole, I knew there had to be one! Ok, well hopefully we both learn something. Off to check out your post.
 
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By "standard well" do you mean a deep drilled will with a casing or a sand point (driven) well or something else?

Do you know how far down it is to the water level?
 
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Yep, deep drilled with a casing. It's really deep, 240ft if I recall, although I am not sure what the water level actually is.
 
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Hey Dan, I had a simple pump hand pump first installed in my well at 200 feet. I have the 5 gpm but had the 3 gpm at first. Long story. They work great as a hand pump, but their electric motor addition is pretty well junk and very limited in application.

They can be installed along side an electric pump as back up and are installed after the electric pump is in the hole first. The only trouble  you have is that some well drillers install torque arresters on the electric pumps piping to keep it from banging around in the hole when the pump kicks on. You cannot slide the new pipe for the hand pump past the torque arrestor. You would have to pull out the electric pump, remove the torque arrestor and reinstall.

I have pulled my simple pump out and never intend to use it again, I'm all solar pumping now.  It takes a lot of work to pump water out of the ground by hand lol!

If your close to sw Missouri, I would sell my simple pump for 1200 dollars, I paid 2500 for it.

It's got the well cap, pump and 200 feet of pipe.
 
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