The Hydraulic Ram Pump: Perpetual Motion for the Homestead
Although water won't run uphill, some exceedingly clever soul discovered a long time ago that H2O can be persuaded to pump itself in that general direction. The hydraulic ram pump makes it possible.
A hydraulic ram pump looks something like this.
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TOP LEFT: Hebert dammed up a spring-fed creek and inserted a pipe to run the water downstream to the pump. TOP MIDDLE: The hydraulic ram pump was placed 42 feet downstream to give the necessary "fall." TOP RIGHT: A stead stream of water emerged from the plastic tubing into the Hebert pond. BOTTOM: The pond received about 500 gallons of spring water each day.
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Diagrams illustrating the workings of the hydraulic ram pump.