Tuesday May 11, 2021 Guerneville CA.
Well unplugging work
I watched some YouTube videos to get some ideas on how to remove the sediment at the bottom of the old well as I think it might be blocking the inlet holes a bit.
Testing the well
Pulling the pump
I had this old jet pump laying around which works by putting some water in the small pipe which causes a lot of water to go up the big pipe. I wanted to use this contraption to suck out the sediment at the bottom of the well. I spent a good deal of time hunting up the pipe parts to attach the water hose and I set it up for air too. It needed a long pipe attached to get the flow to the surface.
We turned on the water and it shot out a good volume of water and mud until the loose stuff was used up in the bottom of the well and it got to the hard packed stuff and then didn’t work too good as the packed mud was too packed to pick up.
I knew I needed to pull the contraption up again and put some kind of sharp thing on the end to dig into the packed mud.
Making sharp spikes
So I went in the garage and made a couple sharp metal spikes and found some clamps to clamp them on the end but not today. I’ll need to round up Tom again to pull the pipe out to attach the spikes, maybe tomorrow.
The next thing I did was check out my berries to see what there was to eat.
I don’t like to share with the critters
Checking water tank level
Late in the day I rode the dirt bike up to the water tanks to check the water level. The water level is slowly recovering about a foot each day so now the tanks are half full, which sounds better than half empty.