They dug a big hole next to the rig and pumped what little water was left in one of my ponds to fill it up. Have to have water to drill a well. Water flushes all the drilling dirt from the hole. Can you say messy, muddy job? The new guy has to get under the platform to attach the drill bit after the rig is set up and the drill stem is run through the head. After that is all drilling. The first 20' almost fell through the sand. After that is wasn't so easy. Hard clay and two layers of coal before they got 150.
They kept reaching down into the water coming out of the well to see what kind of material was being flushed out. Was kind of cool that the guy would tell me before he dipped anything out what he was going to find. When they hit the first layer of coal I ask if they had hit rock. The rig was really making a lot of noise and bouncing around. The driller smiled and said, "No..coal". A few minutes later he dipped out some pieces of coal just like he said.
Never having worked around any drilling operations it was pretty cool to watch. They could add another drill stem in just a few minutes. They didn't stop for much of anything.
The driller kept a log of every change in the type of soil they were in. Bee cool to see it when they finish and print one off for me.
Yesterday they brought another rig in and set almost 300' of 4.5" drill casing in the hole. Then another rig to drop 180' of 1.25" pipe attached to the pump and it's wiring. That crap aint cheap.
They were going to come this morning and hook it up. Have to pump water for from 8 to 24 hours to see how good the well really is, but they keep telling me they hit a good supply. Now if it's only as good as we hope. I'll have to have it tested to know for sure. Anyway they didn't come..maybe this afternoon...issues.
If nothing else I'll have something to water the yard with.
It better be good for what a well cost. Still if our water situation doesn't improve I may be one of a handful that has any water at all. Guess we'll find out in a few days. The I get to trench waterlines and a permanent elect supply line.