Learning How To Get the Sediment Out of the Old Well

Thursday May 13, 2021 Guerneville CA.

Working on the old  well

After watching some YouTube videos last night I got the idea of  how to make the suction head to remove sediment from my old well. I rounded up this old pipe to make it out of. I have a lot of junk around the place cluttering up the place but it does provide a lot of parts to make stuff for stuff I do.

That’s just the way it is

I’m basically a jack of all trades which means I have tools for each trade and materials of each trade laying around the place and I admit they have all gotten ahead of me and the place is cluttered up pretty bad.

I used to  know where it all was in the piles but older age messed that up and now I don’t know where most of it is so I spend a lot of time hunting around for stuff that I think I have somewhere.

Anyway that’s just the  way it is and it’s me whether I like it or not.

So anyway I found this little pipe in the stuff.pipe1_thumb1

 

Digger head

I got out the power hacksaw and cut the pipe so it now has teeth. I later  learned that longer teeth would be better as it shuts the suction off when the teeth get buried in the  mud so it stops working until I free it. Longer teeth would help that problem some and I plan to make another one tomorrow.head2_thumb

 

Work site

The old well work site. My well is about 50 feet deep and plugged up with about 7  feet of sand and silt that I’m  trying to remove to unplug the well casing as where the silt is, is where the holes are to let water come into the casing.well3_thumb1

 

Old jet pump head

I pulled my old water jet up out of the well to put the new head on it and found that it was all plugged up and cleaned that out. I didn’t know it was plugging up until  now and learned a way to unplug it in the well hole which helps a lot.jet4_thumb

 

Here’s the new digger head I made installed and ready to get lowered into the well and see how it works. I can’t turn this but can only pull it up and down to break up the silt and sand. The old jet  provides suction to pull the silt and sand up and out of the well.rip5_thumb

 

And this outlet valve is a big improvement

I added this valve to the outlet so I can turn it off which forces the water to go out the digger part and keeps the thing from getting plugged up. I also discovered forcing the water out the digger head was a good way to dig as the water acted like a jet and really dug into the silt. I also learned one needs to put ones hand in front of this output water to feel if the sand and stuff is getting sucked up to know how and if it’s working to make adjustments. The bucket is just to catch the sand to see how well it’s working.valve7_thumb

 

Sucked up stuff

It’s not very fast but it does work. Here’s the sand I removed after an hour or so.sand8_thumb1

 

I worked on that on and off throughout the day and finally my back said that was enough.

Checking our water tanks

In the evening the power went off around 6 so since I couldn’t do much around the place I rode the dirt bike up to check the water level to see if what I was doing was using a lot of water.

We gained about two feet since yesterday which is good so I can use more water to unplug the well. The pink ribbon says the tanks are almost 5/8 full.tanks9_thumb1

 

Sticks and rocks

I rode on by the tanks and up the hill and stopped in a couple of spots to throw sticks and rock off the road.bike10_thumb2

 

On the way home I stopped here to  throw these redwood limb sticks off the road.sticks11_thumb1

 

Back home the power was still off. It seems a neighbor that lives up the road fell a tree across the power lines and it’s going to take quite awhile to get it fixed so I’m using my laptop to get this post together but won’t be able to post it until the power comes back on.

Anyway since we had lots of water I worked on the old well project until  just before dark and got down another few inches.

Nice day puttering around.

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River Paddle and Checking Buzzard Rock for a Vulture Nest

Wednesday May 12, 2021 Jenner CA.

Paddle day

I was off to kayak Jenner today around noon.

I put my boat in the water and headed up river about a mile going by these birds on the upper end of the island. They were resting and taking it easy.birds1

 

And so was this harbor seal I paddled on by as it watched me.seal2

 

Buzzard rock

I wanted to hike up to that big rock. There’s a vulture nest there below it that I’d like to see if it’s active or not.rock3

 

But before I hiked up there I sat in this spot on the river and watched things for a bit.river4

 

I could see the horses across the river on the hillside feeding away.horses5

 

Hike up the hill

I landed here in this green stuff and found the trail and started up it to the big rock. Even though the big rock isn’t far from the river it took me a couple hours to get to it as the trails are over grown and hard to find.shore6

 

I spotted this salmon berry and ate it. They are just so so and not a real tasty berry even though they look real good.berry7

 

Poison oak and nettles

This is the over grown trail I started up. Full of poison oak and nettles too. I carefully work my way around the needles.trail8

 

The trail goes up through these ferns which I plowed on through.trail9

 

Lost the trail

At one point I got to what looked like the end of the trail and couldn’t go any further and couldn’t find the trail until I finally back tracked about a hundred feet back down the trail and found it over grown and going under a big tree.

I’m almost to the big rock here but still have to work my way through the over grown trail, going down into a little ravine and back up to the rock.rock10

 

Big rock view

I finally made it to the big rock and this is the view down the river.view11

 

Vulture nest not in use

And this is the view up the river. I looked down where the vulture nest is but it wasn’t being used, likely because the wild turkeys  have been using this area this year.view12

 

I sat down on  the top of the big rock and enjoyed the day for awhile before heading back down through here. Yes that’s the trail.trail13

 

Back at the boat I sat down here and rested for awhile before starting back down the river.boat14

 

The biologist who collects data from some measuring devices went by  me and waved as I know her.boat15

 

Little ducks

I was almost to the boat ramp when I ran into this momma duck with all the little ones.ducks16

 

Back at the boat ramp I loaded up and went on home for the day for a nice rest.

Nice day.

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