When you live off grid, your cleanest water will usually come from a well. Unless you are lucky enough to have access to natural spring water. A few years back my dear loving hubby dug a well, in the back of the homestead and we are still using it to this day. The other day the homemade hand pump failed again, so we decided to try something different and ended up with this diy PVC bailer bucket.
For something that performs such a vital job as drawing water from your well, you would think that it would be more complicated that just 3 main components, right? Also if you do not have access to PVC pipes, you can use metal pipes too when building yours. Using a wider pipe, will draw more water than a narrow one, so try find the widest pipe possible. A 3 foot long pipe that is 3 inches wide, can draw about a gallon of water every single time. This project should not cost you more than $10.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- PVC pipe
- foot valve
- end cap
- hand drill
- threaded adapter
- long bolt
- rubber gasket (optional)
Do not forget to remove the spring inside your valve, its made to work hand in hand with in line pressure systems, and your bailer bucket is not one. When the spring is removed, the valve will have a lot more freeway when it comes to opening and closing. A hole the same diameter as the threaded adapter is drilled into your end cap. The threaded adopter, goes through the hole and the valve is screwed in on from the other side.
The optional gaskets will go on either side of the end cap, and are held in place when you screw on the valve. Depending on the side of your end cap, it either goes on the outside or the inside of your main pipe. Drill a hole on the other hand to screw in a bolt, which your rope will be tied to. Two nuts in the center or the bolt, can prevent the rope from swinging freely.
You can follow step by step instructions on the Valley Piper blog, here…
You can watch the video below on how to build a bailer bucket…
You can watch the video below on how to use a bailer bucket…