Making Measurements in Small-Diameter Wells
Water level measuring devices and oil/water interface meters do not always fit readily down small-diameter wells. The measuring probes and tapes also tend to cling to small-diameter well casings, especially when they are moist. These problems can be minimized by using the right equipment. Water level and oil/water interface devices with small-diameter probes and narrow tapes can be used. For example, Heron Instruments water level instruments come with probes smaller than 1/2-inch in diameter. Sometimes the small probe, because it is lighter in weight has a problem making its way down the well. This may be overcome, in some cases, by adding extra weights.
Heron will add extra
weight to the end probe upon request. Also, upon request, Heron
will attach a smaller 3/8-inch (9.5 mm) end probe to a
instrument in place of the standard 5/8-inch (16 mm) where smaller
diameter is required. Sufficient weight on the probe is
critical for the tape to move down the well
really tight situations the Herron
Skinny Dipper may be the solution. This rugged
instrument is designed for use in small-diameter wells (microwells) and
piezometers. The tape on the Skinny
Dipper is a narrow 0.25 inch (6.25 mm) diameter stainless
steel. This small-diameter profile allows use of the Skinny
Dipper in tubes as smallas 0.375 inch (9.5 mm) internal diameter.
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