We have been wanting to install a hand pump on our well to provide us access to water during emergencies. When the power goes out so does our ability to get water from our well, and we sometimes lose power for days and weeks at a time in summer, autumn and winter due to summer storms, hurricanes and ice storms. We store numerous gallons of water for such occasions but it would be great to have a reliable means of getting water without having to risk travel on icy roads to refill our jugs with potable water (we have had to do that).
Somewhere in my internet wanderings I ran across Lehman’s Hardware (https://www.lehmans.com) in Dalton, Ohio. It struck me as an all around interesting store and also a place that would likely sell hand pumps and know a lot about them including how to install them.
We just returned from a weekend road trip to Lehman’s and my inkling proved to be correct. We consulted with a couple of well pump experts, but we did not return with a pump, only because I didn’t have current accurate numbers on our well’s water level and overall depth. I made those measurements several years ago and didn’t recall the exact numbers. It was nevertheless a rewarding experience.
Lehman’s is in the heart of Amish and Mennonite country and specializes in anything and everything related to living a simple lifestyle which doesn’t necessarily require electricity. The locals were obviously regular patrons. Much of the merchandise had to do with food: it’s agriculture, preparation and preservation, so it was in some ways a foodie’s paradise.
Forgive me for posting a slew of photos without captioning or explanation. Many of them are self explanatory.
We didn’t come home with a well pump but I did pick up a fermentation crock, complete with lid and weights. I look forward to making sauerkraut and fermented hot sauce.