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Old 08-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #31
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This is a nice system. I wanted to make something but I don't have a good place to put it that would be out of site.
Many people build a wooden fence like structure around them to hide them from view

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Old 08-16-2010, 02:31 PM   #32
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Many people build a wooden fence like structure around them to hide them from view
Yeah, I've contemplated that but I don't think it would look good against my all brick house.
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Old 08-16-2010, 10:45 PM   #33
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How is the system working out? I may need to start on a larger scale system myself.
System works great. I wish now that I'd added more capacity, as the plumbing can certainly handle it. The barrels fill up in about 10-15 minutes of a strong rain. It's been another hot, dry summer in Texas, so the more captured, the better!

I'd be sure to add plenty of structural support for the barrels, if emulating this system. They weigh a LOT when full, and I think my framing may be sagging just a bit in the middle. Maybe....
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:57 PM   #34
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Once you get your 55 US gallon Barrel full of water it will weight in 440 lbs each so total of 4 of them you will end up 1760 LBS total weight so that is pretty good weight so you may want to reforce the lower support with addtional 4X4 below of the main one.

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Old 08-17-2010, 12:24 AM   #35
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Very nice!


Couldn't the overflow simply be a drilled hole in any barrel near the top? It would sacrifice a small amount of capacity but make the overflow simpler in design
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Couldn't the overflow simply be a drilled hole in any barrel near the top? It would sacrifice a small amount of capacity but make the overflow simpler in design
Each barrel has a screened hole in the top (required for air pressure equalization). If we don't manually divert when the barrels are full, the excess water definitely comes out the tops -- but causes flooding around the structure. Given how much rain can fall (whenever the rain gods decide to provide), we really need the overflow diverted away.
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System works great. I wish now that I'd added more capacity, as the plumbing can certainly handle it. The barrels fill up in about 10-15 minutes of a strong rain. It's been another hot, dry summer in Texas, so the more captured, the better!

I'd be sure to add plenty of structural support for the barrels, if emulating this system. They weigh a LOT when full, and I think my framing may be sagging just a bit in the middle. Maybe....
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:02 AM   #38
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Each barrel has a screened hole in the top (required for air pressure equalization). If we don't manually divert when the barrels are full, the excess water definitely comes out the tops -- but causes flooding around the structure. Given how much rain can fall (whenever the rain gods decide to provide), we really need the overflow diverted away.
A crude picture of what I'm talking about is attached. The overflow would be sent through a pipe to anywhere you wanted (either to underground drainage or to another rain barrel system).
The barrel would have to either be tapped and threaded for the overflow pipe connection or a fitting glued in place. Its certainly possible though
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Very nice setup
Another project for my to do list
With everything on this site my list is getting longer
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Job well done! Keep it up!

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