This past Spring we installed our barn's roof water collection system. Not knowing the impending drought that would hit us this summer - we installed it simply because we had no running
water at the farm yet. We had spent the previous year hauling all of the garden's water out from our house - and with the expanded garden -did not want to repeat that process again! It turned out to be the absolute best thing we could have done - and has carried us through this year's drought with all the water we needed. Best of all - it's using what Mother Nature gives us and cost zero to run. . Instead of directing the downspout into regular run off drains – the rainwater from the barn's metal roof is carried by a small diverter installed in the downspout to fill the water tanks.
Our system is really pretty basic and very simple. When both tanks are full – they hold 550 gallons of fresh water – enough to water our garden every day for nearly a 2 months if mother nature decides to stop sending the precious rain. We keep one tank at the top of the back hill above the garden hidden within the compost bin fence. The other tank is installed at the back corner of the barn. That tank is connected to the downspout to catch the rain water coming off the metal roof of the barn. A simple overflow tube is installed on the main rainwater tank that sends all excess water to the regular drains when the tanks become full. One inch of rain will nearly fill one tote completely.
Commented on Aug 26, 2012
Why isn't someone getting them and selling or giving them away so they won't go into the landfill?
Since you guys appreciated the coffee table from an old door that my husband built for me, I thought you'd love to see what he can do with old windows, too! Over the years he has built
some seriously cool pieces of furniture and shadowboxes, too. The very first thing he made for me was the window shadowbox to hold my wedding bouquet and bridal portraits. It's one of my most prized possessions.
He used scrap lumber from his grandfather's porch swing to create the red shadowboxes. I painted the red table and distressed it to look old. We make a pretty good team! :)
He doesn't use any plans to build things, but another Hometalker asked for plans for his tables in the coffee table post, so here is a little tutorial I wrote on how he created the hinged window shadowbox table: http://unskinnyboppy.blogspot.com/2008/09/tu...