How to install an antique hand-operated water pump

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How to install an antique hand-operated water pump
Many antique water pumps can be renovated and reused. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Before beginning this job, it is important to establish that the antique hand-operated water pump is in working order. Otherwise, your work will result in a purely decorative installation. If you have obtained your pump from a reputable dealer, this should not be a problem. You also need a well to draw the water from, of course.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Well
  • Spanners
  • Spray oil
  • Bucket
  • Ladder
  • Shovel
  • Suction kit
  • Drop pipe
  • Screwdriver
  • Electric drill and bits
  • Anchor bolts
  • Hammer
  • Spirit level

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Slacken the bolt heads on the base plate of the previous pump, if it is still in place. These are likely to be anchor type bolts which do not require a separate nut. Spray rusty bolts with penetrating oil first to ease their movement.

  2. 2

    Lift the pump with care, as it is likely to be made of cast iron and be heavy. Lift out the old pipe connected to the bottom of the pump, which may be perished. This is called a drop pipe or pump riser, according to Lifewater Canada. Move the pump and pipe away from the work area.

  3. 3

    Clean out the well as necessary. Remove all the sludge and other debris.

  4. 4

    Lay the “new” pump near the well borehole. Fit a new suction kit, if required, according to specific instructions in the pack. Usually, this will be as easy as fitting a new leather washer. Attach a new drop pipe with the supplied screws, bolts or hose clips, according to design.

  5. 5

    Insert the drop pipe down the well and let it fall into place. It should be well below the level of the water. Lift the pump and stand it over the borehole. Test the pump by pumping the handle or force rod. Water should shoot out of the spout.

  6. 6

    If you are lucky, the bolt holes on the base plate of the pump and the well cap will line up. If not, drill new holes through the cap. Use a masonry drill bit on a stone, concrete or brick cap.

  7. 7

    Tap a new anchor bolt lightly into place so it is properly aligned. Do the same with the other anchor bolts. Tighten each bolt a little at a time, ensuring the pump stays vertical. Check vertical alignment with a spirit level. Ensure the bolts grip and drive tightly into the well cap so the pump is absolutely secure.

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