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Old 08-28-2012, 12:13 AM   #61
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I could imagine knowing how to make a well and pump water as our pioneer ancestors did as being extremely useful.

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I could imagine knowing how to make a well and pump water as our pioneer ancestors did as being extremely useful.
Shovel and pick!!!

I'm just guessing on this part, but all of the really old wells in this area are lined with quartz rock to keep the walls from collapsing. I'm guessing they had a way of placing the quartz as they dug down rather than working from the bottom up after they dug the well? There would have been too much danger of cave ins if they placed the quartz after digging the well. I'm just not sure exactly how they did it?

I'm also guessing the real trick was to know where to dig the well in the first place? Imagine doing all that and never hitting water!!!
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T- hate to break it to you, bro, but that rock lined hand dug well IS rocked from the bottom up! Damned skippy it is dangerous!

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From the bottom up? Holy smokes, my well is nearly 200 feet deep to hit water.

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Ya gravity is a small issue starting from the top

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They used to find water by "witching". It works too. All it required was a tree branch with a fork, small branch and when it bent down there you dug the well. A guy used this method, except with a coat hanger to find a water line on my place. It worked perfect.

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They used to find water by "witching". It works too. All it required was a tree branch with a fork, small branch and when it bent down there you dug the well. A guy used this method, except with a coat hanger to find a water line on my place. It worked perfect.
I have used it with two locating flags bent at a right angle to find utiilities when there was no wire in the ground. Mixed results for me because it worked on any ditch line. I was looking for a gas line and it may pick up cable.
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They used to find water by "witching". It works too. All it required was a tree branch with a fork, small branch and when it bent down there you dug the well. A guy used this method, except with a coat hanger to find a water line on my place. It worked perfect.
Very True...

I did not believe it until an uncle had me try it at the end of his driveway where he new the water line ran...and it worked!

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Very True...

I did not believe it until an uncle had me try it at the end of his driveway where he new the water line ran...and it worked!

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One of the key bits of hardware for the homestead was a large cast iron pot, with legs so that a fire could be built under it. At different times it was used to render fat into lard, to make soap, boil laundry, or make Brunswick stew or apple butter.
C3, I actually saw these for sale, but I assumed it wouldn't be safe to make soap in the same kettle as you cook stew, unless the lye adds flavor! Is it safe to use the same pot for everything?
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