I am new to this forum, and have recently become interested in making our small farm as self-sufficient as possible. I have been looking into the cost and feasability of installing a hand pump on our existing well (about 400ft). Anyone done this? I have seen a few systems on the internet. I just wonder if it is possible to install yourself, and if hand-pumping from that depth is possible. I want this for an emergency backup (in case of power loss or simply the well-pump wearing out). Although I like the idea of being off-grid, we're not nearly there yet. No power would not be such a big deal if I could get water. We heat with wood and I could cook on that stove too if necessary. Also, if you have installed one of these - what was the cost? Thanks everyone!