Drill your own Water Well – 2 Methods

Method 1 – Wash Down instructions are in the attached PDF File. For this method you need a good flow of water do do the drilling. I did it with two hoses one two different city water meters but a portable tank and gasoline powered water pump would probably give a higher volume flow and do the job quicker. My daughter and I washed down a well a couple of years ago and I was pleased with the result. I didn’t get a great flow of water but it was in the middle of a long term drought, it was only 19 feet deep and it was our first try. Still, we have enough to live on if we had to and our primary source went out


Method 2 – Driven Well

This method requires no water but a bit more intense labor. Basically you drive a well point and pipe down into the earth with a sledge hammer. The part of the pipe you are hammering on is protected by a drive cap. A well point is a section of pipe that looks like a giant sharpened pencil about 4 feet long. Pipe is added as you go until you get to water. My grandfather, and most area farmers did this when they cleared ‘new ground’ for tobacco beds. Tobacco beds were ground recently cleared from the woods where tobacco was planted and allowed to grow until transplanted into the larger fields. These were moved every year to avoid parasites in last years bed and you needed a close source of water. This was the 1960’s method. Now gaseous pesticides do the job so moving to avoid disease is not needed.

If you are on your own well with an electric pump I would encourage you to add a human powered hand pump as a backup. If you have a generator to run you pump during grid outages then a hand pump would be a backup to your backup. Electric water pumps draw a lot of current and would use a lot of your generator “bandwidth” so a plan B with no fuel consumption would be good. ALSO think about Noise Discipline. Running that generator announces to the neighborhood that 1. There are people here. 2. They have a high value generator AND Fuel!. That running engine seems to say “Hi Neighbors, we thought ahead and so now we are living much more comfortably than you. Drag an extension cord on over and help yourself.” Or to the thugs “Come and steal my generator”. My point is this. If you only need 5 gallons to pour in the toilet tank for a flush, why not do it nearly silently with a hand pump. HINT: for a free source of labor tell the kids that if they’re good you’ll show them how to get water right out of the ground. Wait a few hours, let the anticipation build then let them try the pump dry for half a minute. When that fails tell them there’s a secret, prime the pump and let them see the water flow. Let each kid pump about 5 times then tell “let it rest, don’t pump too much”. This will make them want to pump for half an hour. “lets see who can get the most water” Be sure to have a catch container waiting for their output.

When you buy your hand pump get 2 or 3 extra sets of ‘leathers’. One is the cup that goes on the piston and the other is the flap valve.These are the parts that will wear out and stop the pump.

Something for the Shooters – Homemade Bore Cleaner

This formula has been around for years. I’ve never gotten around to trying it but it keeps turning up so I thought I’d pass it on. Be safe with chemicals!

CONTENTS: Ed’s Red Bore Cleaner
1 part Dexron II, IIe or III Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF), GM Spec. D-20265 or later.
1 part Kerosene – deodorized, K1
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits, Fed. Spec. TT-T-2981F, CAS #64741-49-9, or may substitute “Stoddard Solvent”, CAS #8052-41-3, or equivalent, (aka “Varsol”)
1 part Acetone, CAS #67-64-1.
(Optional up to 1 lb. of Lanolin, Anhydrous, USP per gallon. It is okay to substitute Lanolin, Modified, Topical Lubricant, from the drug store)


[JWR Adds This Warning: All of the usual precautions for handling caustic and flammable solvent fluids must be taken, such as wearing goggles and rubber gloves.]

Mix outdoors, in good ventilation. Use a clean 1 gallon metal, chemical resistant, heavy gauge PET or PVC plastic container. NFPA approved plastic gasoline storage containers are also okay. Do NOT use a HDPE container, which is permeable, because the acetone will eventually evaporate. The acetone in ER will also attack HDPE, causing the container to collapse, making a big mess!

Add the ATF first. Use the empty ATF container to measure the other components, so that it is thoroughly mixed. If you incorporate the lanolin into the mixture, melt this carefully in a double boiler, taking precautions against fire. Pour the melted lanolin it into a larger container, rinsing the lanolin container with the bore cleaner mix, and stirring until it is all dissolved. Divert a small quantity, up to 4 ounces per quart of the 50-50 ATF/kerosene mix for optional use as an “ER-compatible” gun oil. This can be done without impairing the effectiveness of the remaining mix.

Label with necessary SAFETY WARNINGS: RIFLE BORE CLEANER, CAUTION: FLAMMABLE MIXTURE, HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Flammable mixture! Keep away from heat, sparks or flame. FIRST AID, If swallowed DO NOT induce vomiting, call physician immediately. In case of eye contact immediately flush thoroughly with water and call a physician. For skin contact wash thoroughly.

The lanolin can be found at better pharmacies like CVS or Walgreens. Ask the pharmacist, they usually have it in the back, not out on the shelves.

Ed’s Red will not dissolve copper fouling, so have some copper remover solution on hand. Be aware that the ammonia in the copper remover can damage stock finishes, and will dissolve brass bore brushes. Have some extra brushes on hand, or use a stainless steel brush.

Silver Coin Info

If you are interested in silver as an inflation hedge, for barter or sale then check out:


Coinflation.com has great info based on recent silver prices to figure silver coin values. If you are new to silver then remember this. CHINA CURRENTLY MAKES COUNTERFEIT MORGAN SILVER DOLLARS THAT ARE WORTHLESS. They have fooled lots of people and a personal friend of mine lost hundreds of dollars buying the coins and then paying for appraisal. Money Wasted.  I’ve seen these fakes for sale as genuine in North Carolina Pawn shops. Ebay used to allow the sale of these if they were sold as replicas. Don’t get burned. If you are a rookie then buy only from trusted sources. Some auction companies will bring a supply of coins to local estate auctions giving the impression that the coins belonged to the estate.

MRE Storage Life

Hello All! This is my first posting and I hope to follow it with lots more useful and interesting information. The subject of surplus military MREs has been discussed and a shelf or storage life is one of the big grey areas. The info in the link that follows is supposedly from an official US Army source. I’ve seen this same info in other sources. KEEP THIS IN MIND: When buying MRE’s from Flea Market/ Gun Shows etc you don’t know the storage history of the items. If they were stored in hot conditions the remaining storage life may be much, much shorter than you expect.

Doug KS4TI