After a day of run-arounds from several pump places, finally someone
has come to help us out. His diagnosis, the well is still functional -
with all this drought I was afraid that was the problem - but the old pump
is done for. We put it in in the late 70s, so I guess it was about time.
This service man has a pump on his truck and is installing it now, so
I guess we will have water by the end of the day. Oh boy, I didn't need
this at the end of this most strenuous summer, but I am thankful that
it seems to be fixable.
In a message dated 9/17/2010 4:05:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Losing a well or pump is never much fun. I've managed to lose both at
one time or another. Worst was back in ancient times before the advent
of the jacuzzi and all the pumps were piston-types, which lost suction
and had to be primed with regularity.
On Sep 17, 2010, at 6:23 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:
> How ironic that after this exchange yesterday, we woke up this morning
> to a non-operating well. No water. The well people will be here this
> afternoon, but until then we'll make do with some purchased water.
> No fun. As has been said, you never miss the water till the well runs
> In a message dated 9/16/2010 7:06:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> Can't you use a hose with a shut-off instead of hauling? We have a
> shallow well, too. I can't lift a full watering can, so I only
> carry water
> to the plants on the porch, but there's no danger in burning out the
> pump with limited watering otherwise. I often use a slow drip in the
> landscape. It's continuous high volume watering that will burn out
> a pump.
> And usually only then if your pressure tank isn't working properly.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fall
>> Since we are on a well, I can only haul water in buckets - don't
>> dare use a hose for fear of burning out the well pump. Since my
>> back isn't what it once was, I can only haul so many buckets, so
>> I mainly water the container-garden in my breezeway and on the
>> front stoop. Everything else just parches.
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