Fix up Your Old Furniture

Why buy new furniture if you can improve the old furniture? When you invest in good quality furniture, you don’t have to throw it away as soon as the fabric starts to fade. With reupholstering and refinishing, your old furniture can look as good as new. I revitalize my old furniture all the time. If you want to stop thinking of your expensive furniture as disposable and start thinking of it as something that you can periodically improve, you’re on the right track. I started this blog to provide you with tips and tricks for reupholstering, refinishing, and upgrading your old furniture.

Is Your Well Pump Not Pumping? Tips To Replace It Yourself

Home & Garden Blog

The CDC reports that over 15 million homes across the United States rely on a well for their primary water supply. That equates to a whole lot of pumps across the country. If you have a well on your property, you probably understand how essential the pump is to its operation. When a submersible pump malfunctions, you'll have to have it repaired or replace it with a new one. Luckily, removing the pump isn't a technical process, so you can do it on your own. Here are the steps you need to know to remove and replace the pump in your well.

Interrupt the Power Supply

Even if your well pump has stopped working completely, you shouldn't attempt to do anything with it until you're certain that there's no power running to it. The best thing you can do is to locate the power breaker connected to the pump and turn it off. This eliminates the power supply to the well entirely while you're working.

Uncap the Well

Before you can remove the pump, you'll have to expose the well. Most well companies will show you where the cap is when they drill the well, but even if you aren't sure where it is, you can still find it. Look for a small PVC tube protruding from the ground in the yard. That tube lines the well and typically comes to a rest just above ground level. The metal cap sitting on that tube is the well cover. You'll need a wrench to remove the bolt in the center of the cap, but once you remove the bolt, you can remove the cap.

Disconnect the Supply Line

Before you can pull the pump out of the well, you need to disconnect the water line going into the well. You'll need the T-handle that the well company left with the well to do this. If the well company didn't leave one for you when they dug your well, ask them for one and they will typically deliver it.

To use it properly, locate the coupler inside the tube that sits just inside the well. Thread the T-handle into that coupler, which is connected directly to the water supply line. Pull the T-handle straight up. This disconnects the supply line from the water intake valve.

Pull the Hose and Pump

Continue pulling up on the T-handle to draw the hose and pump out of the well. You'll probably need a couple of people to help with this, since the pump is likely some distance below ground level. The deeper the well, the further you're going to have to pull for the pump to clear the top of the well.

Replace the Faulty Pump

Use a wrench to disconnect the pump from the supply line. You'll need to loosen the bolts carefully, and hold onto the supply line so that you can connect it to the new pump. Put the supply line in place and tighten the bolts completely.

Prime the New Pump

Pull the prime plug out of the side of the new pump. Insert your garden hose into the hole that's visible on the top of the pump and turn the water on. Let the water run until the casing is full. You'll know you can shut the water off if you're seeing water flow out of the casing. Then, put the prime plug in place, but don't seal it all the way.

Turn on the pump and let it run for a few minutes to purge any air bubbles. When the bubbles are gone, shut the pump off and fill the casing completely. Secure the prime plug and feed the pump and hose back into the well. Once everything is back in place, you can recap the well. Then, restore the water and the power.

As you can see, replacing a well pump is not a complex process. When you understand the steps involved, it's a satisfying weekend project. If you're not comfortable tackling the job on your own, you can hire a well service specialist, such as Stettler Supply Co., to help you out.


30 March 2015