Replacing 5 HP submersible pump

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  1. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    I have an old 4" well with a 5 hp submersible pump set at 200' (I think). It is on 2" galvanized pipe. The moter has been out for years and I want to replace it. I already purchased a new pump and motor but realized I may have bitten off more than I can handle. I was going to build a tri-pod out of 1 1/2" heavy wall square tubing to pull the pump with but am concerned about the weight I would be pulling. I have a set of 2" elevators for the pipe also. Does anyone have any advice for such a project other than hiring a "professional"? We are in a MAJOR drought here in Texas, all the service companies are busy, and I need the water for my cattle. Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades

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    Welcome to Terry's Forums dryman.

    If it is a 5 HP then that sounds like a job for a pro. Are sure it is 5 HP ?

    Have a great day.

    DonL.
  3. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

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    There are lots and lots of things a person can DIY. Some save you money, some give you self-satisfaction.

    In my opinion, this is not one of those. I use a rig like the one pictured above. The job can be dangerous. One mistake and you can lose a hand or a finger, or destroy the well. If the pump were to drop it would head to the bottom like a missle and probably destroy the screen.

    What part of Tx are you in?
  4. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, I am located north of Giddings. I am sure it is a 5 hp motor, I used it for irrigation water in the past.
  5. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades

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    dryman,

    If It is on 2" galvanized pipe, then Texas Wellman may be correct.

    It would a lot safer to have someone like him to help you.

    You live in Gods country, I have been told.

    Have a great day.

    DonL
  6. masterpumpman

    masterpumpman New Member

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    It can be done by a qualified DIY but like Texas Wellman said, it's best left to the professionals. The possible damaged limbs, pump and destroyed well cost could far exceed the savings. Understood it's costly to have a professional do the job but believe me in this case I recommend it!
  7. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    Thanks for your comments. I will let a professional handle this for me and I feel much better about my decision. I will post on here what the outcome is. Again, thanks for your help.
  8. Texas Wellman

    Texas Wellman In the Trades

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    Probably a good idea. I don't really know anybody in that area to recommend. It is getting very dry here also. We had a good bit of rain last week but now we're back to being dry.
  9. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    Yes, we got some much needed rain last week too. It greened things up but will not last long. I think my biggest problem is that most companies I talked to said I was out of their service area.
  10. WellWaterProducts

    WellWaterProducts In the trades

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    You have made the right decision. Extracting this type of equipment, especially without experience and just the right tools, can be dangerous.

  11. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    I found a company out of Hearne, Tx that said they would replace the pump for me. Very friendly individuals, I will get a cost estimate this Tuesday, the guy that is in charge of repairs was out yesterday. They did say I will need new wire so this could get expensive. dryman
  12. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades

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    After all the work involved dryman, It is best to do it right the first time. That is cheaper in the long run.

    Have a good holiday weekend, be safe.


    DonL
  13. TJanak

    TJanak New Member

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    If it's Brien then you should be in good hands.
  14. dryman

    dryman New Member

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    Yes, those are the ones.
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