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Offline Randor

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Barefoot Well Diggers
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:42:35 AM »
Greetings from Iloilo.

We are getting ready to start on our perimeter fence.
But first we need a well. Here is a report on our well
as of this morning, 20 Jan 2010 --

Four skinny young local boys -- in bare feet and using
primitive tools and equipment -- dug our well by hand.
Two days ago, they struck water at 15 feet. Yesterday
afternoon, with 23 feet of depth and 7 feet of water, we
decided it was deep enough.

This morning, we witnessed an amazing feat -- as the
four skinny barefoot boys, using bamboo poles & rope,
began installing the well casings. See atch --

#1 -- Looking down into the well -- diameter nearly 4 ft,
        depth 23 ft.
#2 -- Hooking up the ropes to carry the well casing
#3 -- Carrying the well casing to the well
#4 -- Muscling it onto bamboo poles above the well

(These last three photos will go in next post...)

#5 -- Standing bare-footed on bamboo poles above
        well, skinny boy lifts 450-lb with his shoulder
#6 -- Bamboo poles removed from under well casing,
         it is now ready to be lowered
#7 -- Primitive bamboo tripod \'crane\' deftly lowers the
well casing to bottom of the well.

Then one boy goes down, removes the ropes from the
well casing now on the bottom under 7 ft of water. Only
15 more well casings to go -- each weighs 450 lbs!

Tropical regards,

Rand D.

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 11:46:54 AM »
The last 3 photos...

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Offline friendlysaint

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010, 12:14:09 PM »
Amazing isnt it wat this boys can do with their bare feet. Hope all works well for your new fencing.

Cheers
Andrew
Oton, Iloilo
Singapore Iloilo Express
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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010, 12:23:00 PM »
Really amazing! The dirt piled up looks rocky and clay colored. How hard and/or firm is the well dirt wall before putting down the casing?

Billy
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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010, 12:27:47 PM »
Amazing isnt it wat this boys can do with their bare feet. Hope all works well for your new fencing.

Cheers
Andrew
Oton, Iloilo

Hey Andrew, you\'re just a few minutes down the road from us.
Forgive, my chronic forgetfulness, but... have we met?

Rand D.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2010, 12:40:49 PM »
Really amazing! The dirt piled up looks rocky and clay colored. How hard and/or firm is the well dirt wall before putting down the casing?

Billy

Billy, the well\'s clay walls seem very firm, but digging was not that difficult. At 15 feet they hit a gray sand material which may be volcanic sand. I know almost nothing about soils, but my friend Bob Hammerslag [] is quite knowledgeable about soils. His website has lots of info, including info on his well. His building site is about 3 km from ours.

Regards, RD

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2010, 02:31:12 PM »
Hi Rand

Nah.............. i dont think we have met yet but would not mind meeting over a couple of cold migs. Gotta get release from my commanding officer n 2 little monsters first. ;D ;D

Which part of Iloilo are you in?

Andrew
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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010, 12:10:19 AM »
Whats it cost to drill a deep well over there?
SO SAYETH THE RUFUS

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010, 10:58:22 AM »
A well at that depth seems to me, (well drilling experience, Alaska/California), more like ground water then potable drinking/cooking water? Ground water is at 1± meter here and our subdivision well is 60\' deep.

Once you pump it for a few hours, you\'ll know the recovery rate with 7\' of water.

Once the well pumps CLEAR after a few hours, you can then test, (at the source), it for human use.

If you don\'t test it, figure on buying bottled water, or take your chances!

BTW, DON\"T have ANY, (neighbors/yours), septic system near your water source........PERIOD, even 40 meters is to close, IMO!!! 
B-Ray

B-Ray,

I know absolutely nothing about wells, but we only drink bottled mineral water. Here we pay P15 per 5-gal bottle. The well is to supply water for flushing toilets and taking showers.

My friend had a well dug (3 km from here) -- his depth is the same. His water tested ok, but he also does not plan to drink it. Bottled mineral water only for drinking.

Regards, Rand D.

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010, 11:05:18 AM »
Whats it cost to drill a deep well over there?

Rufus,

I have no idea about drilling a well here. All the wells here, those of both expats and locals, are dug wells.
The locals often drink the water, but all the the expats I\'ve met do not.


Regards, Rand D.

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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2010, 06:11:49 PM »
Oh another way to get pure water from your well.......... not many will really understand this........... build like a moon-shine distillery! But, ya might as well make moon-shine and really enjoy the end product! ROTLMAO!!!   
B-Ray

Hey B-Ray,

Would you happen to be from Kentucky or maybe Tennessee? I\'m from WVa & Ohio -- my Ky & Tenn friends always like to talk about \"makin\' shine.\" I even tasted it a time or two. To me, it was like a mixture of vodka and high-octane jet fuel... hehehe.

Regards, Randor

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2010, 03:48:24 PM »
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I read somewhere that if you put the water in a clear container and put it on the roof for a number of hours then the heat and UV rays will kill the bacteria. Don\'t quote me, and do it at your own risk  Grin

Colin

It was me that mentioned it here.. CNN did a piece on it somewhere in Africa and had US scientists check it out.. The previously bad water  got an all clear after being left for around 8 hours in hot sun..

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2010, 04:52:03 AM »
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I read somewhere that if you put the water in a clear container and put it on the roof for a number of hours then the heat and UV rays will kill the bacteria. Don\'t quote me, and do it at your own risk  Grin

Colin

It was me that mentioned it here.. CNN did a piece on it somewhere in Africa and had US scientists check it out.. The previously bad water  got an all clear after being left for around 8 hours in hot sun..

I also read that cunning plan somewhere Colin. I remember the only problem mentioned with that might be if there were any solids in the water.

Paul

There ya go, there is a mine of information here, or should that be a well  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Colin
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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #13 on: January 26, 2010, 08:14:11 PM »
Apples and oranges aside..This was water that had been contaminated by very very dodgy open running surface sewers..

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Re: Barefoot Well Diggers
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2010, 10:55:38 PM »
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I read somewhere that if you put the water in a clear container and put it on the roof for a number of hours then the heat and UV rays will kill the bacteria. Don\'t quote me, and do it at your own risk  Grin

Colin


It was me that mentioned it here.. CNN did a piece on it somewhere in Africa and had US scientists check it out.. The previously bad water  got an all clear after being left for around 8 hours in hot sun..


A slow sand water filter is more practical and been proven as a cheap way to filter water

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_sand_filter