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    I recently bought a house when I was home on midtour leave from the gulf. I could not get a diffenitive anwser on how deep the well is. My wife has moved in and says the pump runs a lot and when it kicks on the lights in the house flicker and the water pressure doesnt seem stable. I have looked at the well pump setup in a video I took when we did the home inspection, which is all I can do since I am back in the Gulf. The pump looks like an old jet pump which would go with the fact that they (thought the well was 125 feet deep. I am not absoulutely sure from the pic. It also appears to have two tanks. The house had not been lived in for a couple of years and was the original owners from back when it was built in the early 70's. I have no problem replacing all of it and if I have to replace any of it that is exactly what I will do. My question is can anyone verify that it is a Jet pump from my crappy pics? And does anyone have any advice for me with the situation I just described. I should be home in two months, hopefully it last till then. I would like to do the job myself if possible. Is it possible for a do it yourselfer to install a submersible pump? I really like your site and have learned a few things already from just reading the forums. Paul



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    It's a jet pump with a deep well set-up, meaning that the jet is in the well itself. Can't make out the brand.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks for the info Texas Wellman.

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    Personally I would rip the whole deal out and put in a good submersible pump, bladder tank, Cycle stop Valve, and have a good new dependable set up. I would highly recommend buying your stuff from Bob here on this site, good prices and quality stuff.
    No I don't work for them or get commission. I own two wells and get all my parts from Bob. Got tired of junk from the big box stores.

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    I absolutely agree with you that I would like to rip the whole deal out and start fresh. Can a do it yourselfer install a submersible pump? The rest of it I am comfortable with. I dont believe my well has a liner or sleeve. I am not absolutely sure but I dont think so. I do believe the well hole size is plenty big enough from what I remember.

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    I can't make out the brand either, but it's definitely a deep well horizontal jet pump. The horizontal steel tank is waterlogged, that's why the lights flicker and the pressure isn't steady. By the looks of it, a whole new system wouldn't be a bad idea, but first you must find the well and see what the diameter is. If it's a two inch, no sub is going to fit. The well has to be at least 3" and even then it could be a real tough job for a first timer.

    One thing for sure, unhook the steel tank and install a bladder tank. That will stop the cycling problem for now.

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    Installing a sub pump is a piece of cake. Either use schedule 80 PVC or black poly pipe. Use epoxy filled connectors and stranded well wire, and drop it down. Everything above ground is the same as any other pump. You can do the whole job in less that a day with a little help and everything laid out. If you don't have much headroom I would recommend the poly pipe. 1 1/4", double clamp it to brass or bronze connectors. tap the clamps, SS of course with electricians tape, tape the down wire every 10 feet to the pipe. Don't use torque arrestors, the stick and will rub through your wire eventually.
    Any questions I or Bob or one of the other guys can guide you. But as I posted before, buy QUALITY parts, you don't want to do it again.

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    Hey thanks for all the great advice. I hope I get the chance to put it to use. My wife emailed me and said she got up today to having no water pressure. She said she left a couple of faucets open and after about half an hour water started coming out and is back to normal. She is having a wellguy/plumber come out to inspect it. I imagine it is not going to make it until I get home. If I can I will band aid it until I get home so I can do it the way I want to with some good parts from you guys. My wife doesnt want to go with out water again so I may have to just have it all replaced. Its only two months I dont know what the big deal is........lol. I will keep you posted and I sure appreciate all the advice. If I get the chance I will definitely buy from you guys. I will also recommend others to your site/store. Paul

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    Have the guy put a 40 gallon equivalent bladder tank in the system. Just tee it into the existing line near the old tank. That will fix it until you get home. Otherwise, he's going to change the whole thing with a new jet pump etc.

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    Hey that is great advice. The plumber got there and diagnosed/repaired it before I could talk to my wife. I say repaired it loosely. He changed the pressure switch and drained the tanks. My wife says the water pressure is noticeably better and the pump is not cycling as much, but the electricity still surges when the pump comes on. My wife asked him to test it and he didnt know how, so that ended the service call. I have a different guy going out tommorrow to install the 40 gallon equivalent bladder tank as speedbump recommended. I have an additional question. If he unhooks the tanks and installs the 40 gallon equivalent bladder tank is that size tank good enough to keep in there permanetly after I get home and can hopefully install a sub pump from you guys? If not can I add an additional tank to make up the difference? I will install a cycle stop valve and pump from you guys as per your recommendations. Is more gallon equivalent better even though you use a csv or is it just overkill. I dont know what my well is capable of yet so I know it is hard to tell without the gpm capability, but I would like to have 50 to 60 psi rock solid when it is all said and done.

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