Keving wrote:I knew it would be a long shot Bob but I thought it was worth a try, I keep a shallow well pump all rigged with a pressure tank that I use for pumping not toxic anti-freeze into buildings when I shut them down for the winter. One of the fellows that works with me has been plumbing for 30 years but said he never heard of anyone trying to do it and wasn't sure if it would pull or not. It didn't work for me but I am curios if it should have or if anyone else has ever tried to do such a stunt.
I'm curious too. The same question occurred to me when reading the "off-the-grid" thread a couple weeks ago, and experiencing our recent ice-storm power outage. If a shallow-well pump will pull through whatever valving is in the deep-well pump, then I could just cut into the plastic pipe in my cellar, fit a tee and a couple shutoff valves, and install an old-fashioned hand pump. Should work as long as (1) the water table in the well is within 20 or (theoretically) 30 feet of the surface and (2) there is not a lot of resistance in the deep-well pump.