Okeechobeelandcompany News Successful Rural Living – Water System Part 1

Successful Rural Living – Water System Part 1

The types of hand pumps available today are many and varied. Your well depth, the static water level of your well (the depth of water in your well casing/pipe) and the size of your well casing will determine the type of hand pump you require.

I think the internet is the greatest tool ever invented. Whenever anything stops functioning properly or not at all, I go straight to Google to trouble-shoot and then kick back to find my solution and watch a video showing me what I need and how to do it. Some people would have thrown away a perfectly good washer and bought another one for $600. Others may have called a technician and had it fixed for $105. I spent $10 and impressed my wife.

As a side note, our well is not a great producer. The best well pump for house will run from sixty to ninety minutes (depending on how much water is in the 300 foot well) until all the water is pumped out. When all the water has been pumped out, the well pump spins fast and draws more power. Our no load pump sensor sees the increased load of the pump and shuts the pump down for ninety minutes. This hour and a half off period allows the well to “recharge” with water. At the end of the ninety minutes, if the water storage tank is not full, the controller will turn the pump back on to continue the filling.

An elder Amish man, whose name not mentioned for protected privacy, with an unkempt beard, dark slacks with matching suspenders, and a plain light blue colored shirt appeared from behind the barn door like ghost of the past. He quickly informed me of my choice of actions in a thick accent. Referring to me as an “English,” he told me either I can take up my camera and be escorted from the grounds or put it away and be shown around. I immediately agreed on the latter and was told I’d be picked up ’round my car. While a horse was being tied to a black buggy, I put my camera bag away and climbed into the cramped buggy moments later.

Now take the bottlebrush or a sponge and a bucket of soapy water and clean under the saddle, under the bottom bracket, under the brakes and under the well pump for house, use the scrubbing brush to shift any stubborn dirt, then take a soapy sponge and clean off all the degreaser and loosened dirt. Then with a clean soapy sponge clean every part of the bike, start with the handlebars and saddle and work your way down the bike making sure the whole bike is sparkling clean, then rinse with clean water. Remember keep your eyes open for things like worn brake blocks, gritty bearings, tight or frayed cables or any cracks or damage to the frame, if all is OK put the wheels back in.

Shadows cast from trees, buildings, and objects add life because we think of the time of day and the setting and rising of the sun. Ripples in the water make us think of wind and movement of the living earth. Animals tend to add peace and tranquility.

Now I know cars are not that simple but the reality is, cars are made up of a bunch of simple mechanisms. When something goes wrong, you will often be able to take care of it yourself and with YouTube, there is always someone there to show you exactly what tools you need and how to do it. If this wasn’t the case, there wouldn’t be so many auto parts chain stores all over the place. Sometimes a car fix is too complicated or requires tools I do not have but at least I know before I hand it over to a mechanic.

Fourth, if you have a crawlspace, go into it and LOOK and LISTEN for drips. Unless you do this, you will never know about these leaks until the next tradesperson goes in there.