Hello All, back from the arctic blast, forgive me if I don't address everyones comments, but I must say a big thank you for your input, I have read many good points that I would have not given thought to, I have pulled many pumps since my job is a maintenance guy at a complex that has 45 buildings but have never pulled one in the winter. And the only reason I am helping my wifes sisters husband is because he has helped me pull two Axeman boilers from two hellish basements and up two flights of stairs. He is only a phone call away when I need help and is never to busy to give me a hand, we are kind of like the odd couple, he is neat and tidy with a well groomed lawn and I dress like a bum and have a junk yard on my back lawn. I work with a lot of the local plumbers and electricians but I don't like to bug them unless I'm really desperate. There is no city water works or what not here, everyone has there own water system and most of the tradesman I know are more likely to have a 6 pack in the truck more so than a pinging device. I will live and die by the "I'll do it myself rule".
The well is only a 100' deep, drilled in the late 70's as far as we can tell, he has been blowing fueses to the point where they wouldn't hold any longer, I questioned him on how he could be sure it was the pump and asked him if he took any amperage readings etc. Based on the age and the fuse situation I didn't do any testing.
The metal detector turned out to be useless, because the pipe and casing were deeper than it would read. Once we got down below the frost line which was 30" in his driveway we could hear the snake sliding in the pipe and a light tapping. Not the kind of tapping I would expect, very light sounding. The noise was very deceiving as to where it was coming from, all we could do was dig, listen and dig some more. I probed with a long auger bit in a cordless drill but he had every dam rock from the coast of Maine under his driveway so the probing didn't seem like it was working until I hit a soft and hollow feeling place in the wall of the 4' deep hole we had dug. I focused my digging towards the soft spot. Digging was limited to a post hole digger and hanging upside down in the hole with a fox hole shovel. We ended up tunneling sideways under the frost by 2' but I found the well in the hollow spot that my drill had poked into. The top of the well head was down 4' in total.
In the meantime his neighbor who is a respected mason in the area stopped by to offer any help. We dug a maple syrup cooker out of the woods at his house, rolled it over the hole and stuck a big space heater in the end of it to thaw the soil over the area that we need to remove. Larry was anxious to keep digging at the frost, I told him to let it cook until morning and then we will have another session. I don't mind digging but chipping on a ice berg is not my cup of tea. Since he drives a sporty car I took him to the gas station in my truck so he could stock up on Kero for the space heater. We had another helpful neighbor stop by whom wanted to fill the hole with black powder and blast it, I think he has been watching to much reality tv. Larry was very happy to see the top of his well. He is the sharp dresser in the photos.
I do have a puller for the pitless adapter. I keep one hanging in a tree behind the house. Everyone knows its there and it gets used often. Luckily the last guy to use it brought it back. I hope the pull is uneventful but in these temps taking a leak can be a task so who knows. I do think rigging the new pump inside will be a must but I have a propane heat shrink gun for shrink wrapping boats that works good on stubborn pipes.
I think a riser is also a very good idea. And then there is the obvious, to measure it and write the measurements on the electric panel door. And one last side-note. The whole time we were digging today we were looking at a John Deere excavator parked across the road at a house that is being renovated. Swallow your pride and call the owner of the machine or keep digging? I did just as my father and my grandfather would have done.