A bullet bucket is a container made from PVC that allows you to fetch water out of your well at about a gallon a shot for around $40 in simple parts found at your local hardware store. I was all over this since I want to have my water tested and make sure the well is not dry. Today we built it and I thought I would share with you all the details so you too can build a bullet bucket for your well.
(1) 2' section of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe (sch 40)
(1) 2' section of 2 inch PVC pipe (sch 40)
(1) 2" x 1.5" PVC Coupling
(1) 3/4" Spring Loaded One-Way Coupler (you will be pulling the spring out)
(1) 1 1/2" Threaded Cap (sch 40)
(1) 3/4" Male Adapter CPVC
(1) 1/4" Hex Nut
(1) 1/4" Hex Nut Bolt 3" long
PVC Primer and Glue
100' of Rope (or enough to reach into your well with about 10' left over)
Steps to Build:
|First, drill a hole in the cap large enough to|
fit the 3/4" male adapter through
|Fine tune the hole using a knife. Clean it up and enlarge |
|Fit the male adapter though the hole. You may want to add|
a metal washer prior, but mine didn't fit, so I left it off.
|Remove the spring from the one way coupler. You do not|
want it to stay open, but to close from the water
pressure when you pull the bucket up.
|This is what it will look like once you screw on |
the coupler to the adapter.
|Next, in the top of the 2" pipe, drill two holes directly opposite|
one another to insert the bolt. This will be where we tie
on the rope to raise and lower the bucket.
|Dry fit the parts and cut the 2" pipe to adjust |
to a comfortable length of bucket for you.
|Use primer and glue to secure the PVC parts together.|
|Be sure to hold the parts with pressure for a minute to|
allow the glue to set up without pushing the pipes apart.
|Insert the bolt.|
|Secure rope to the bolt.|
|Allow the glue to cure for two hours and|
your bullet bucket is ready to use.
|This is fresh, cool water from 90' down in my well.|
So there you have it: A bullet bucket is a cheap and easy way to access water in a well without a well pump.