Re: Sand buckets for well digging?
Posted by joe dupont on November 30, 2003 at 14:11:07:
In response to Re: Sand buckets for well digging?
: Mr. Love- I have a few rental houses in Texas and often refer to your website for what has always been sound advice. Here is a brain teaser.

: My Dad and I "drilled" more than 20 shallow irrigation wells on the homestead in the early 1950's using a tripod, 6" hand auger and a sand bucket or bailer. The property sits on a huge bedrock that is about
: 22' down. It is topped by 6-10' of water saturated sand and gravel; the upper 10-12 feet is black clay. A 4" well casing would slide down the hole and sit on the wet sand and gravel. We could undermined the casing by removing the sand and gravel with the sand
: bucket and the casing would sink to the bed rock.

: I still have and use Dad's sand bucket but, the neighbors want to buy one for their own use and are asking me where to find one. I can't locate a source. Surely a lot of wells are still being dug in
: rural areas and in third world countries using this technique.

: I found this web site that talks about the use of a sand bucket but has no source.

: Quote: "Bailing--raising water, sand, and clay to the surface for removal--is a common procedure during drilling and afterward during the process of development. Bailing involves lowering the bailer
: (a bucket device) to the bottom of the well and lifting it to the surface for disposal."

: Do you have any knowledge or contacts that could lead us to someone that manufactures "sand buckets?"

: Thanks for just reading about my little dilemma. Charles Olsen

I cold not find
what is a sand bucket?

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