It was a full year and a half before I was willing to start the process again. I moved the hole to a better location on the property and began the whole process over again. This time, I followed the little tidbits of information I had gleaned along the way. I took a full week off of work and drilled the hole nearly nonstop. It took me four days with only 16 hours where the drill wasn't tuning. I think the only thing that could have made this hole more difficult than the 250 feet of sand and gravel I drilled through would have been hitting bedrock somewhere in there. In the end, I have a 250' 4” cased well that produces in excess of 60 gpm with the static water level at 45'. My son and I tested the well output by bailing water and we couldn't budge the static level even though we were bailing over 60gpm!
Was it worth it? If your time isn't worth much, sure. If you're trying to save cash, you betcha! But would I do it again? I'm not sure. I might wait until my sons are a bit older so they could participate. You know, the slave labor thing. In the end, I'm glad I did it. I learned an enormous amount and I have a new found respect for those that do this for a living. I think it was worth it, but it sure isn't for everybody. I think I have recovered enough to say that I LOVE learning again.
By the way, if you are interested in a small drilling rig capable of drilling a 250' 4” cased well, let me know. I know where you can pick one up used for a good price!