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maryjane Posted - Nov 03 2014 : 1:37:04 PM
Here are the pages describing how I added a hand pump on top of my well in conjunction with an electric submersible pump. It wasn't Texas like I thought but a Wisconsin company where I purchased the equipment that I needed to install it. (Afterall, it was almost 15 years ago!)

I called them this morning and they're still in business but the company has morphed. Go to, 800-523-0224 (Bobbie Jo). It's a "Monitor" deep-well system (been in business 135 years). Does that ring a bell, Ron?

It isn't something you can install yourself. You'll need to work with a water well driller or a water systems company. In our area, we used TPM Water Systems in Lewiston, Idaho. Charlene, you should look into it. I love having it ready to go should I ever need it. And yes, we've used it a few times.

I also rigged it up so there's a pipe going from it to my pond. I figured I could hook a bike or a teeter-totter to it (hubby and me in our old age) and get that water pumped up and to my pond for my animals and gardens one way or the other.
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Mike Posted - Nov 08 2014 : 3:17:43 PM
Yup, those are the dates the castings were made. From there to the warehouse until scheduled for machining.
The other casting I designed is the top of the sucker rod. That used to be a forging and for some reason the schedule had them come up in July when 'warm' in the forge shop was not even descriptive. I redid it into a ductile iron casting that was then ground a little, couple of holes drilled, one tapped for the sucker rod and it was done. The term 'ductile iron' applies to a form of cast iron that has a graphite structure that gives the casting the ability to bend quite a bit. Those familiar with 'cast iron' are used to the form called 'grey cast iron' which is distinctively brittle......don't beat on it very much or you will be learning how to braze it to repair it!

God bless.

maryjane Posted - Nov 08 2014 : 09:46:51 AM
I found 3.5.99 on the main body and 2.5.99 on a smaller piece. Ring a bell? And of course MONITOR is embossed on it also.
Mike Posted - Nov 07 2014 : 3:41:02 PM
On the castings should be a date stamp. It is a Dymo hand press tape with the days date. What might that be?

God bless.

Those astronomical pics are inspiring and humbling.... maybe the chat members would enjoy them too?
maryjane Posted - Nov 06 2014 : 07:40:09 AM
Well then Mike, I owe you a huge thanks as big as the universe (thanks for the links--the cosmos diminishes me and I like that)!

Talk more later! On the run this morning.
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 06 2014 : 06:42:38 AM
Wow, that's really interesting and impressive history Mike.
Mike Posted - Nov 06 2014 : 05:08:28 AM
When we talked I mentioned I was an engineer, both a metallurgical and mechanical. Well, I was chief metallurgist at Baker Mfg. Co., in Evansville for years. I started making rifle barrels when I left Baker.
While there we added another six thousand pound Inductotherm furnace, new pouring line, new No-Bake molding system and a SO2 core making setup. The very pump you show I redesigned in 1980 to use the new core making system and reduce the costs. We ran those a lot. The drinking fountain pump you see at waysides was ours too. When the oil crisis hit we started making secondary recovery oil well pumps. Characteristic colors were blue and white and also green and orange. We made thousands of these units.

Great choice in pumps. When I started in 1976 we had just phased out windmill manufacture and still had many in stock. Our branch offices in the plains states were started as windmill sales offices. A guy went out with a railroad car or two of windmills. If he sold them he could start a branch!

God bless all.

CloversMum Posted - Nov 03 2014 : 9:00:11 PM
We've worked with that company before, MaryJane. We also have a very deep well, but it is not a fast well. Fortunately, we have a very large storage cistern and I do love our water. Around here, many people have water with a high iron level and it turns everything orange. Ours is not and, in fact, it is naturally soft so I don't even have to deal with hard water spots and build up. I'm putting this on our list of wants...a hand pump on our well. It would definitely give me a peace of mind when the power went out!
Jersey James Posted - Nov 03 2014 : 3:29:29 PM
It's a work of art. We've lived completely off grid in Hawaii and Panama and we would have had great peace of mind with one of those in both places. We relied completely on catchment or collected rainwater and fortunately it always worked out. Thanks for the info. Ima look into it!
NellieBelle Posted - Nov 03 2014 : 2:04:43 PM
That is really something MaryJane. Good to have, cause you never know. Always good to have a good back up plan.
Ron Posted - Nov 03 2014 : 1:58:13 PM
Think I might of ran across Baker back when I was deciding which way to setup the well at the old place off grid. We looked at the hand pumps and windmill setups also. I wimped out and went solar.
Very nice setup up you have though!