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DIY Well Monitoring

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Does anyone know of a cheap easy way to keep track of the water level in my well, so that I can be sure I don't overdraw it during irrigation season? All I can guess at is to tie a small weight, like a nut, on the end of a long strong thread and lower this down there and then bring it back up and measure to the start of where it is wet. I'm afraid this rig will bump against either the pump pipe or the side of the well casing (the well is only 6 inches in diameter), and so spoil the reading.....
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not a well expert by any means, but the first thought that comes to mind is keeping the end of the feed pipe off the bottom of the well

other thoughts...

use a laser measuring device? of course you'd have to build a bracket for it so the light reflects off the water and not the casing

a float, a string, a pulley and a weight: tie a float to a string and drop it in the well > the string comes out of the well casing and is run through a pulley > the other end has a (small) weight on it and acts as a gauge
i'm guessing that if the float were the right size and shape, it wouldn't hang up on any of the well plumbing

if you have any really small children... never mind... bad idea

it's late and my mind is working in very strange ways, which is why i must have thought of this [brilliant] idea...

you need a blower, a laptop and a microphone - the blower blows air across the top of the well head > the microphone picks up the tone > the laptop determines the frequency of the tone and, with that, you know how much of the well casing is empty LOL
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Hi Alder,

The make well alarms...or they use to. I made one from parts at Radio Shack...talk to those folks if you want to DIY it...to complicated to get into here for me (outside my current scope??couldn't tell you how to wire it all together now if I tried and its just easier to buy one.)


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