Question: Can I install The Handy Well Pump by myself?
Answer: Yes you can. We specifically designed our extension Rod and fitting kits that thread together so that in an emergency situation, one person could easily install a complete system in a minimal amount of time. If two people are installing then it's that much easier. But if you are at all handy and concerned about doing this yourself; DON"T BE! We have a lot of customers with no experience at all that have installed our pumps successfully.
Question: How much water can I expect to get out of my Hand Well Pump?
Answer: We've heard some competitors claim as much as 10 gallons per minute on their pumps. That would be a stretch for any hand pump. In fact, it would be a stretch for a medium sized windmill. Most people tend to calculate hand pump water flow the same way they would an electric pump. It's just habit.
We prefer to calculate water in strokes. With our pumps you can expect to get, about 5 -7 strokes per gallon. Let's say you are in decent physical condition and can comfortably complete a pump cycle in about 3 seconds. That would be 20 cycles per minute. And a conservative water amount of 4 1/2 gallons per minute.
Hand pumping is exercise. Unless you pace yourself. you are going to wear down quickly. It's possible to sprint for a minute or two and get 7 or 8 G.P.M. But the tortoise will win the race.
All of this also depends on depth and leverage. You will get the most water out of our Tee handle models. But, they are harder to pump at deeper water levels because there is no advantage of leverage. You will work a bit harder once you reach 80' of depth. Our lever handle pumps can handle deep wells without a lot of effort on the operator. Less water is being drawn because of the mechanical leverage is working on your behalf. Our lever pumps have handles that are 24" long so strength and endurance aren't an issue.
Question: Can I hook my Handy Well Pump to a windmill?
Answer: Yes you can. Your only consideration would be balancing the stroke of the windmill rod to our pump stroke. Our stroke is about 18" so it will work on most windmills as they usually aren't over 12"
Question: I want a solar option for my pump. What do you have?
Answer: Our solar adapter is still in prototype stages. We have been working on a system that only draws 2 amps at 12v. Something that will easily operate on a 40 watt panel. And even better news is that it will adapt to any of our pumps that we have made in the past. It's a simple transformation from hand operated to solar and back again.
Question: Can I really pressurize my house water system using your hand well pump?
Answer: Yes. But do you want to? People tend to think of hand pumps in terms that are used for electric pumps. Person Power and Horse Power are two different things. While it's true that our pumps will develop 80 plus PSI and you can fill a 20 gallon bladder tank to take a three minute shower, it's not a very wise use of the half hour it would take to pressurize the tank. My favorite example is that of using a hand air pump to fill a large semi truck tire. Yes you can but why?
Our preference is to connect a small 1 gallon bladder tank in line and pump for three minutes while someone is taking a shower. The small tank will equalize the water flow and create enough pressure to provide a shower on the second floor when someone is pumping from the well.
Pressure Tank Question from a customer: Good evening, I was viewing a video on you tube by Southern Prepper who sells a competitors hand water pump. In the video he is able to connect his product to the indoor house piping and fill his water tank with enough water to take a short shower in the house. Is this possible with this pump? Thank you
Answer: Yes our pump can pressurize a house system. Most pumps that can develop a good amount of pressure can. However, we don't recommend that type of activity as a valuable use of one's time when they are doing their best just to survive the day. To better explain my position on this; There is only a certain amount of water that can be moved by hand. Human strength and endurance is what determines how much and at how much pressure. Pressurizing a house water system that has a 20 gallon bladder tank can be done with a hand water pump but it would be similar to filling a large semi truck tire with a hand air pump. Not a worthwhile task. The half hour or so you spend doing it would be used up in about 3 minutes of running the water. And God forbid if there is a small leak in the line.
I recommend a simpler and more fruitful method of using a hand pump to take a shower, fill a toilet tank or fill the kitchen sink. If you hook a sanitary hose from our pump to our small pressure tank, and from the tank connect a hose to your house system with your large pressure tank shut off, you will get a steady pressurized stream of water to use as you need. Someone will have to pump while another takes a shower but a three minute shower only requires three minutes of pumping as opposed to thirty minutes of pumping to pressurize a large system. You can then spend the majority of your day doing worthwhile tasks such as feeding your family.
People like to think that in a long term crisis we can go on like we always have with very limited resources at our disposal. So they get sold on ideas like having all the water they need with just a few short strokes of a hand pump in their basement. I prefer common sense. Human Power does not equal Horse Power. So we have to work smarter. You wouldn't try to run an electric water heater off of a solar panel would you? The same physics applies here. Our pump can produce 4 to 5 gallons a minute of water at enough pressure to take a shower at a comfortable pumping pace that won't wear a healthy person out. It will develop 80 psi. If you try to pump at 40psi for any length of time you will fall over from exhaustion in short order.
I hope I haven't gone on too much on this but I get the question quite often, which is why I developed the smaller and more efficient portable pressure tank.
Question: I want to have a gravity tank up in a tree to supply water to my house. Will your pump do this?
Answer: Yes. This is a far more practical application than trying to pressurize a large bladder tank. Every stroke you take is moving water to the tank rather than just building up pressure. You can move water in a vertical lift up to about 50' above the well head with our Tee handle and 75' with our lever handle. We include a pressure valve with every pump we sell for this purpose. The pressure valve makes it so that you are not working against yourself with the water that is in the line.
An alternative to placing a tank in a tree would be to install a 55 gallon food grade barrel in your attic and connect it to your water supply with a shut off. This would give you a gravity flow of water for necessities such as toilet flushing.
Question: Do you have a warranty?
Answer: Yes. Our pump assemblies and head assemblies are warranted for a period of five years from date of purchase. Usually we will only request a picture of a failed part if it is an exterior component. But we may ask that you send the assembly back for examination and repair on our end. Normally we will replace any damaged part and return your pump at no cost to you.