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How to drill a well do it yourself style

How to drill a well do it yourself method. sent me their instructions with 2 DVD's.

After watching the DVD's I've concluded that this method could work in most situations if you are willing to follow instructions and keep working at it. It's quite clever. You'll need a good sized air compressor.

The cost savings could be substantial. Especially if you need a well in a remote location that would be difficult to get heavy equipment into.

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How does it handle large rocks?
Comment by Trevor Sun Aug 6 18:24:56 2017
That would probably work if you're absolutely sure the water is close to the surface. My well is 350 feet deep through rock and clay, so something like this would definitely not work.
Comment by Nayan Mon Aug 7 14:57:46 2017
They have a rock bit that might go through most rock depending on how much depth you are drilling through.
Comment by mark Mon Aug 7 15:24:55 2017
I'm very interested in hearing more about how it works.
Comment by Anonymous Tue Aug 8 06:10:42 2017

How does it handle large rocks?

@Trevor: Their FAQ mentions "carbide", which I assume to mean tungsten carbide. Looking at the drill bits they seem like the usual construction of tungsten carbide pieces soldered onto the steel. That should be hard enough to drill most rocks.

But you're holding the drilling pipe by hand. So the amount of torque that the air motor kan deliver to the drill is limited. And in general air tools rely more in high revs than high torque. Which is why it is so important to have the drill hole filled with water; you need it to keep de drill cool.

According to their FAQ, they claim 0.5-2" per hour in hard rock (as opposed to 5-30' per hour in sand).

So the answer to your answer is "slowly". :-)

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Aug 8 13:15:11 2017

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