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  • speedbump
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    ....and a puppy.
    Yeah with my luck, I would end up with Bob's Kennel's instead of a Pump business. Everybody has an extra puppy or kitty to give away.

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  • Driller1
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    I do love the rules!!!! I also am a customer advocate.

    Many times a year between the rules and insurances my customers pay nothing for new wells. Or, pumps.

    And I know they appreciate the extra work. I have gotten flowers, girl scout cookies, home made treats, gift cards....and a puppy.

    Always lot of hugs!!

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  • speedbump
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    If nothing else this thread brought all the sandbagging well drillers out in the open. And I don't mean that in a bad way. Its nice to know that trade has a presence here.
    I had to go grab Pandi (Driller1) off my Forum and drag her over here so she could help out a Fellow Michigander.

    If you really want to be amazed, ask her to post the Michigan Water Well Bible. OMG, it's bigger than the Detroit Phone Book!

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  • Bob D.
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    If nothing else this thread brought all the sandbagging well drillers out in the open. And I don't mean that in a bad way. Its nice to know that trade has a presence here.

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  • speedbump
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    Things have changed. Mostly for the good, IMO. I am a rules girl...LOL
    Women... they just ain't like us real people!

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  • Driller1
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    Things have changed. Mostly for the good, IMO. I am a rules girl...LOL

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  • toolaholic
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    1971 Cape Cod Mass. drove a 2" well point to 50' this way for our home. 71 ford pick up,
    rear end blocked up . Had cut cut and welded an old rim with spacer,now I had a capstin winch. Tripod with block, 4" pipe full of melted lead tire weights [ 90 lbs.] ,from the bottom a 1/2" steel rod about 4 '. Drive cap with hole on 2" casing. Cape Cod is motley sand.
    Did 6 more wells on homes I built. No well permit necessary.

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  • speedbump
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    Back then there were no permits, no well logs, no Health Dept breathing down your neck and no stupid fresh out of college inspectors telling you how to drill a well.

    Yup, things sure have changed. Some for the better, but in my opinion, mostly for the worse.

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  • Driller1
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    Originally posted by speedbump View Post
    Oh yeah, quite a few.

    Until I was 18, I didn't know what a drill rig was. I always thought wells were drilled with a shovel. That's the tool my Dad brought me up with.
    I learned something then. I have never seen a 4" below grade. I know they did not code like that. However, back then not all counties required permits.

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  • speedbump
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    Oh yeah, quite a few.

    Until I was 18, I didn't know what a drill rig was. I always thought wells were drilled with a shovel. That's the tool my Dad brought me up with.

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  • Driller1
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    Originally posted by speedbump View Post
    I thought it was funny!

    I can tell you one thing I found when I was doing work in Michigan way back then. Practically nobody put in a four inch well and hooked up a jet pump. It was either a 2" well with a jet pump or a 4" well with a submersible pump. Then 5" became the norm with subs.

    If you have a basement, the sand point well would be in the basement. A two inch well would be out in the yard.
    Did you ever see a 4" below the ground?

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  • speedbump
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    No one found the stick thing funny ...... tough crowd.... I am going back to the drain cleaning forum, you experts...
    I thought it was funny!

    I can tell you one thing I found when I was doing work in Michigan way back then. Practically nobody put in a four inch well and hooked up a jet pump. It was either a 2" well with a jet pump or a 4" well with a submersible pump. Then 5" became the norm with subs.

    If you have a basement, the sand point well would be in the basement. A two inch well would be out in the yard.

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  • Driller1
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    Originally posted by MikeD1980 View Post
    not now it can't be used. but obviously in 1965 it could be, and has been working fine for 45yrs. current pump is a 2001 so it has been going strong for 9yrs.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
    and according to MI code it is perfectly fine to keep using that set-up and is up to code, until a major repair is made, THEN it will have to be upgraded.
    IMO, you are arguing against your best interest. Why wouldn't you want the seller to drill you a new well and pumping system

    How do you know it is a well and not a sand point?

    Let it run hard for a day without turning it off. Then take a 5 gallon pale and check your GPM. I would like to see about 12/18 GPM for a modern home.

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  • MikeD1980
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    Originally posted by Driller1 View Post
    It does not say it has to be 4". Again, in Michigan a 4" could never be hooked up legally to a jet pump.
    not now it can't be used. but obviously in 1965 it could be, and has been working fine for 45yrs. current pump is a 2001 so it has been going strong for 9yrs.
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
    and according to MI code it is perfectly fine to keep using that set-up and is up to code, until a major repair is made, THEN it will have to be upgraded.

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  • Driller1
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    I wish you luck with your project.

    BTW, the well we replaced were because of township "point of sale".
    Last edited by Driller1; 05-12-2010, 10:24 PM.

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