14 years ago
litres to satisfy fire regs but never ones to do things by halves, I thought
it would make sense to have it both deeper and wider than we needed and it
ended up being some 30' deep and 70' across! The last cut entered a sand
lens & water started to run into the hole. It wasn't lots, but when the HUGE
liner was in, I thought it would be good to remove the water via the
anti-hippo pipe & transfer it into the liner. Starting at 5.00pm, I thought
it might take an hour or so & our little 25 years old Briggs & Stratton pump
laboured away to lift the water that high. After a lot of priming, we
eventually got it to run OK & it pumped manfully for about an hour until it
petered out and died. Seized solid more like ......... ;o((
Across the road to the hire yard (only been there a week!) and hired another
somewhat younger electric pump, running this off our fifteen year old Robin
powered 2 KVA genny. After a few false starts, this ran just fine,
delivering about a litre a second or thereabouts. The Robin Bas**rd is
small, nicely formed but thirsty, emptying its tank in two hours as against
our Honda genny of 2.2kva which would run from 10 - 4 on about the same
amount of petrol.
I thought it might take an hour or so to transfer the water from under the
liner to inside it & was surprised when it ran on and on, the 25mm cold
water pipe enclosed water column finally collapsing at 11.45! Obviously, we
have struck water & I am interested to see how the supply holds up in the
months to come - we are only there 26 days of the year in two day
increments, so a daily supply is not necessary.
A couple of questions: What sort of pump do we need that will not need
priming every time we want to use it? I thought that a Petter A would be a
good engine to use, air cooled, frugal and easy to start, but not sought
after enough to get itself stolen! The site is reasonably remote.
Teach a child to be polite and courteous and you create an adult that can't
merge a car into faster traffic.