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Author Topic: Gravity Fed Water Systems  (Read 910 times)

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Offline tinman_II

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Re: Gravity Fed Water Systems
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2017, 10:51:34 PM »
Hey Cade how about harnessing that 129.9 psi to a nice split cup pelton wheel with six nozzles to generate electricity to power your gold pan.

Maybe even sell your surplus kilowatts back to hydro. <-yahoo_>

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Re: Gravity Fed Water Systems
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2017, 07:12:54 AM »
Now were talkin!!  lol!!!@*

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Re: Gravity Fed Water Systems
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2017, 10:48:17 AM »
I found an older irrigation reel in Chilliwhack for $1500.00, the line is pulled in with water pressure running a small turbine once the water cannon has been retracted back to the reel it activates a bar that shuts the water off.

When the water has been shut off the pressure switch at the pump reacts to the increased pressure shutting the pump off, on another irrigation line I had installed 6 inch PVC with 4" branches  with hydrants underground from a gravity fed creek with approximately 100 ft of elevation.

Even with a screened intake some small fingerling fish would sometimes find their way to the sprinkler nozzles clogging them solid.

Gophers were another problem, be sure to cap the ends of your irrigation system when not in use. Critters like to make a home inside the empty pipes.

When ever I had assembled aluminum irrigation pipe would always leave the end cap off then turn the water on to purge the pipe from any obstructions. One time I had put an onion sack over the end and caught me three sopping wet gophers.

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Re: Gravity Fed Water Systems
« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2017, 10:15:29 PM »
Hi Cade, you might consider a hundred foot length of solid 4 inch big-O piping, it can be bought at home depot for about $75 for 100 ft.  The down side is that if you have too much head (elevation) it may collapse the top section of the pipe, plus there is no way you could put a cork in that thing once it starts to roll with any elevation drop  greater than 20 feet but it's a really light cheap solution for a guy on a budget  and it would easily power several high bankers simultaneously.