How to Build a Water Well Cover

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Things You'll Need

  • Bricks

  • Quikrete

  • Plywood

  • 2x4 boards

  • Corrugated tin

  • Corrugated tin ridge cap

  • Roof gable

  • Tape measure

  • Circular saw

  • 5-gallon bucket

  • Trowel

  • Nails

  • Hammer

  • Straight line

  • Silicone


Paint the roof in any design.


Use all safety precautions when using power equipment.

Water Well House

Water wells are usually used in the country to provide water to the home. Water wells will have a pump system that sits on top of the ground that is attached to the bottom of the well and pumps water up to the pipes going to the house. It's better if these pumping systems are enclosed so animals do not get near it. Making a water well pump house can come in many designs; however, the best way is to make sure the pump house is not much bigger than the pump itself.

Step 1

Determine the area around the well water pump. Pumps come in various sizes so this measurement will be determined by each user. Ideally, the well house should only be a foot larger than the pump itself.

Step 2

Straight Line

Level the ground and remove any grass or rocks around the pump. Pop a straight line on the ground to make a line to use as a guide for laying bricks according to package directions. Straight lines are strings with blue powder on them; when stretched out and popped against the ground, they will lay a blue line on the ground.

Step 3


Lay one layer of bricks all the way around the pump with 1/4-inch space between each brick. Since this is an outdoor project, the bricks do not have to be perfect on the edges, so position them by adjusting the space in between each brick so that the corners line up without having to cut the bricks.

Step 4


Mix the Quikrete according to package directions in the 5-gallon bucket. Use the trowel and push the concrete into the spaces between the bricks and along the top edge.

Step 5

Lay another row on top of the first row into the Quikrete. Tap the brick on the top until it is level. Continue adding rows until the bricks reach 2 feet high.

Step 6

Measure the top of the brick surface and build a square out of the 2x4's that will sit on top of the bricks. Do not make sides or a top, just the bottom to sit on the bricks. Do not permanently attach the frame or square to the bricks.

Step 7

Cut the plywood into sheets that will cover the front and back of the frame. This measurement will be 1-foot high on each side and angle toward the middle at the top to form a peak. Nail the plywood walls to the outside of the 2x4 frame.

Step 8

Roof with Ridge Cap

Measure and cut the corrugated tin to fit from the peaks of the front and back plywood, down to just below the 2x4 base or square that is sitting on top of the bricks. Lay the tin over the eaves until they touch at the top. Add the ridge cap across the top and nail down. This holds the two pieces of tin together.

Step 9

Nail the bottom of the tin roof to the 2x4s from the inside to make one solid roof. Apply silicone down the length of the gable where the tin sits to glue the tin to the plywood and allow to dry. This way the roof can simply be lifted off of the bricks to gain access to the pump inside.

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