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Old 04-16-2012, 07:05 AM   #16
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You mean you are supposed to sump-pump the excess out to run down the street gutters?

As I see it you need more capacity than a few Rubbermaid trash containers to hold rainwater for later use watering the lawn.
No.As ridiculous as it sounds,
I mean in states like Utah it's illegal to divert any rain water without a permit or valid water right.

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My downspouts were already destroyed

There are holes with filters glued on the top to allow that water to flow.
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My downspouts were already destroyed

There are holes with filters glued on the top to allow that water to flow.
Nice job, that's pretty slick. I'd put some diagonal bracing on the stand though.
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You mean you are supposed to sump-pump the excess out to run down the street gutters?

As I see it you need more capacity than a few Rubbermaid trash containers to hold rainwater for later use watering the lawn.

Certainly any lawn of significant size can not get its watering needs supplied from "a few Rubbermaid trash containers." But then again watering my lawn wasn't the intended use of my collection system. Water for houseplants and some ornamentals in the yard, a small garden, and washing off yard tools are the primary uses of my rain barrels. In a perfect scenario, I would have cisterns of enormous capacity connected to an irrigation system consisting of sprinkler heads and drip lines as necessary and all of this would be powered by pumps that rely solely on solar power for their electrical needs. For now, I will continue to use my small collection system for the uses stated above and try to be supportive of others and their ideas instead of trying to knock them down and point out the flaws in what they have offered as advice.

If I misconstrued your intent as something other than to point out how you thought a trash barrel based system was inadequate and by implication, a waste of time, then I apologize.


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