For starters, the Chinese bubbler was awesomely cheap and worked well for such low power. It also was stunningly poorly constructed.
On top of the shoddy quality, I foolishly installed the pump INSIDE the well. So after only a few days, it rusted completely out and died a premature death.
I ordered a second one (for the fish pond), so when it arrived, I decided to try to use it for the well (our priority) but with a better setup to protect it.
First off, I checked over the connections. I thought the first ones were bad, these left me gobsmacked. The wires were stripped back all the way to the main sheath, and then twisted together. I mean... I can't even...
|Assembling my equipment.|
|Trying to insulate with electrical tape.|
|Hopefully the wires are well separated now.|
|Hot glue for the win?|
|A quick test fit.|
|This looks to be the right bit.|
|So far so good.|
|A perfect fit!|
|A larger hole down here for the USB plug.|
|Everything still fitting well.|
|Doubled up the length of the hose, and added the pump mounts to make it firmer in the box.|
|Everything assembled at the well.|
So now I put the pump just outside the rim of the well, and ran the air hose through the casing and into the well. I also connected the two hoses together to allow it to sink even further into the well.
|Hose is in the well now.|
|We have bubbles!|
|Meanwhile, the pond was frozen over!|