Drill Your Own Well

Deep Rock hydra drill for do-it yourself type wells.

hydra-drill-77-12_crop_d I have always wanted to drill my own well. Here at our homestead, the wells have all been dug. I did think about drilling one down by the pond and powering it will a windmill. Not only would it look nice, but be completely functional without electricity for times of need. It sure would be nice to be able to keep the pond topped off if needed as well, although I am not sure that is very efficient or “green”. Anyway, I researched several companies and found one that I thought stood out above the rest. I am in no way affiliated with them, they just seem to have a great product. Here is what they have to say:

DeepRock Hydra-Drill for Do-It-Yourself Applications

A Lifetime Supply of Free Water

Why Drill a Water Well ?

Most of the fresh ground water in the world occurs in the top 200 feet and the average depth of all water tables in the U.S. is less than 100 feet! You can drill your own well and have access to all the water you’ll ever need.

Many city residents are now drilling home water wells as an excellent alternative to chemical tasting municipal water. The quality of well water is simply unmatched. With city water rates soaring, well drilling provides an economical alternative. In most areas, you no longer have to worry about city water restrictions in times of drought – when you need water the most. With your own well, you are assured of an abundant supply of water for use in your home or garden.

In many areas of the country, it is not unusual for a home water well to cost $8000 or higher if drilled by a commercial driller. Thanks to the Hydra-Drill, there’s an easy, economical way for you to drill a water well. Most of our customers had no previous experience drilling a well before buying the Hydra-Drill. In addition, the Hydra-Drill is small and portable, and can be used in areas that large, commercial drilling rigs would have difficulty reaching without causing damage to your landscaping.

A Hydra-Drill pays for itself !

Even with today’s soaring electric rates, you can pump approximately 1,000 gallons from your well for as little as 10 cents. In addition, the Hydra-Drill can dig multiple wells and save money for you, your family and neighbors. It doesn’t take long to pay for a Hydra-Drill with the money you can save on your water bill.

When you buy directly from Deeprock, you get all the personal attention, service and advice that you want – absolutely free. Buying direct saves you 30% or more than what you’d pay if we sold the Hydra-Drill through stores or dealers. When you order a Hydra-Drill, you can be sure that you’re dealing with people that believe in doing business with everyone like they were their hometown neighbors.

Since 1962, we’ve helped people from all 50 states and around the world get the water they needed at the lowest possible cost. At DeepRock, we are always ready to assist you with your drilling questions and needs.

Satellite Bird Cage

Using a satellite dish to make a bird cage

Satellite Bird Cage I am always on the lookout for cool projects that recycle old stuff. While visiting a nearby farm I found this large bird cage housing Doves and chickens. Look close!

The roof is a Satellite dish. The lower sections of the cage are old metal fence sections. I thought it was a neat little project and a great way to recycle those old satellite dishes.

Sharpen Mower Blades

There is no technical mystery to sharpening a lawnmower blade. It just takes common sense and a bit of know-how. If you have a good bench grinder or a professional blade grinder, you can do a professional job.

Sharpening mower bladesHOW TO: Sharpen rotary mower blades

There is no technical mystery to sharpening a lawnmower blade. It just takes common sense and a bit of know-how. If you have a good bench grinder or a professional blade grinder, you can do a professional job.

  1. Remove the bladeRemoving the blade can sometimes be the hardest part of the job. A good way to start is to squirt some penetrating oil on the blade bolt and nut and let it stand for a few minutes. While you are waiting, pull the spark plug wire to make sure the mower does not accidentally start. I have talked to some people who had stitches in their hands or even a few missing fingers because the engine fired unexpectedly.Next, block the blade so that it does not turn while you are removing the blade nut. A blade holder will make this easy. However, if you do not have one, a block of wood under the deck and a C-clamp will do the job.

    Once the blade is removed, use a scraper to remove excess grass build up around the center hole of the blade. This will ensure a good, tight fit and assists in keeping the mounting bolt from working loose.

  2. Sharpen the bladeNow that you have removed the blade, it’s time for sharpening. The primary goal is to consistently maintain the correct angle on the blade. Manufacturers perform hours of testing to determine the angle that will give the user the best cut with the longest span of time between sharpening. It’s important to keep the angle as it was intended. Around 40 degrees is typical, but this can vary, so check with the blade manufacturer to obtain the exact figure.A narrower angle, such as that of a pocketknife, will cut well initially, but will dull quickly and nick easily. On the other hand, a blade with a less severe (more blunt) angle will not provide the same quality of cut, even though it might wear more slowly.

    Blades come from the manufacturer with a milled edge. Milled edges are the best, but machines that provide a milled edge are expensive. You still can do a good job with a professional blade grinder. A sharpener with a grinding wheel is not preferred, because it will give you a hollow grind.

    As you sharpen, move the blade back and forth across the grinder, maintaining the proper angle until you get the edge you need. Do not force the blade into the grinder. Forcing the blade to grind faster heats the blade and will bein cause the metal to lose its temper (hardness of the blade). Some mechanics will keep a bucket of water handy and will dip the blade in it to cool. If the blade turns a straw color while grinding, it’s too hot and the temper is likely gone.

  3. Check for balance and straightnessIt is not necessary to grind a blade until all nicks are out. Grind until you have a sharp edge on the blade in the area where there are no nicks. A blade with numerous nicks should be replaced, but a few can be tolerated.Try to grind both edges of the blade evenly, removing the same amount of metal from both ends. This is important when you check the balance. An inexpensive cone-shaped blade balancer can do an excellent job. Wall-mounted blade balances are also available. These help you see if the blade is straight.

    An out-of-balance or bent blade can cause severe vibration and damage to your equipment. You can balance a blade by grinding just a little more metal off the heavy end of the blade. However, never try to straighten a severely bent blade. Straightening it could cause a weakened or cracked blade. A cracked blade could break apart when turning at the high RPMs under the deck. The potential liability or injury is not worth the cost of a replacement blade.

  4. Remount the bladeOnce you have finished balancing the blade and checking it for straightness, clean any burrs or jagged edges with a metal file. Now it’s time to put the blade back on the mower deck. Remember you now have a very sharp blade. Use extreme caution when installing.

NOTE!! I did not do it exactly like the article above. I did not have my bench grinder mounted yet, so I just used a hand grinder and it worked just fine.