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Do it yourself hydraulic ram pump

ram pumpIf you want to pump water in a place with no electricity you might want to consider building a hydraulic ram pump.

It's a clever design that uses the momentum of flowing water for pumping.

The Clemson University cooperative extension website has a detailed explanation of the process, complete with a step by step process on how to build your own from plumbing parts and a bicycle inner tube for about 120 dollars.

It seems like the height your flowing water drops determines how much pressure you can expect. You'll need at least a 2 foot distance to get started.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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