Well bucket


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Well bucket

A bucket used to draw water from a well. For those with a dug well, such a bucket was usually a plain bucket attached to the end of a rope or chain. In the case of drilled wells, the well casing was only a few inches in diameter and an ordinary bucket was too large. For those wells, a special well bucket (Bailer) was used that was a galvanized sheet iron tube four or five inches in diameter and four or five feet long. The top of the cylinder had a bail and the bottom incorporated a check valve so that water could enter but not drain out until the bucket was pulled up and the valve tripped.