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  • Rain Drain Repair

    After installing my rain barrel system at my parents home, and once it was full to the brim, I went out to see how well the overflow works. I discovered a puddle around the downspout and water percolating from the cement rain drain it fed into.

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    After some excavating I discovered a fractured pipe full of roots and roof debris, clearly water was not flowing through this. These pipes were most likely installed when the house was built back in the mid 60′s. So after weighing the options, and hoping for a best case scenario, it was decided that a pickaxe was to be purchased and digging would commence.

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  • Rain Harvesting

    Living in the Pacific Northwest means seeing lots of rain throughout the year. With the notion of being able to capture some of the rain that would normally hit the roof, flow through the gutters, out the downspout, then into the drain, I set out to build a rain barrel system that would capture the rain and allow easy access of the supply.

    P1130932I sourced some HDPE 55 gallon barrels which would resist UV rays and hamper the growth of algae. After a using a pressure washer to clean out the remaining contents of the barrels I picked up a variety of ABS fittings to connect the system together.

    P1130929I set-up a little work area with my trusty Black and Decker Workmate and a chop saw, and made a pile of pressure treated 4×4′s and 2×4′s close at hand making cutting the lumber a breeze.

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