rain gutters #2: waiting for water

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Blog entry by patron posted 07-05-2010 06:20 AM 15045 reads 2 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: LET IT RAIN ! (not today , soon ) Part 2 of rain gutters series Part 3: I'M ALL TANKED UP ! »

some of you might remember my previous blog about my rain/snow gutters ,
i finally got some time to progress on them ,
as i have been working away from home for a while now ,
the first two pictures are from that post , about the cutting jig ,
and an actual 6” PVC x 20’ pipes cut 1/4 out of ,
making a tube that wraps up and over my metal roof to catch rain,
and stop the snow from sliding off the roof ,
both of which have been just wasted water for me ,
as i have to buy water for the house ,

this is the jig and a pipe ready to cut on a track for the skillsaw to follow ,
top and side .

here is the cut tube , ready to be processed for the gutter .

here is the tube painted the house color with ‘fusion’ plastic paint ,
notice the white ends , taped off , then ready for some ‘bitchathane” ,
PVC shower liner , that i will use to bond the ends together and paint too .
the fittings for this size pipe cost anywhere from $30 to $75 apiece ,
and are big and bulky , i don’t have money for that , so i am inventing as i go .

here are brackets i fashioned from 2×10 pine , i had to plane and mill them as they cupped badly by the time i got to them , and i put a plywood strap glued and screwed behind the fascia , so they don’t split from the weight of the pipe they are thru bolted to the porch rafters , every 4’ and hold the tube very well .

here is the first one in place , the lower fascia edge will be back screwed to a window seal gasket thru the fascia,so as not to leak there . i can use my air ratchet and hex pro-panel screws by reaching in from the roof side to attach them , and plumbers galvanized strapping bolted to the top edge of the tube , and down the face of the brackets , so they don’t split either .
the idea is to have something higher than the roof , to stop snow from just sliding down and dropping off the roof . and to channel the water to a large water tank , where i can use it for house or garden needs ,
the down spouts , i will make from 3” PVC , hole sawed thru this one and glued to it and profiled inside .
as all these gutters will be 54 ft long , for a total of 172 ft , i wont have any pitch to them ,but water will find it’s own level , so i think i am OK . if i put pitch on them , they would be to low at one end to do me any good .


thank you for looking ,
play safe .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 06:25 AM

Hey that looks like progress! :)

I agree with you – it’s free, why waste it?!

I will admit, your original post on this subject caused me to look long and hard at my water usage in ways I never had before. I’ve always been a city dweller of one sort or another… but any saving of water is good, right?

I also agree with you – water will find its way down, one way or another.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 06:33 AM

Looking good David nice color too. That’s one heavy duty gutter.


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#3 posted 07-05-2010 06:33 AM

thanks lis ,
i have installed many metal and plastic gutters ,
and all they do is channel the rain to a corner and down ,
when they get clogged ,
or snow is sliding over them ,
they usually just get ripped off the roof ,
worth less to me .
and they cost quite bit too .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 06:39 AM

thanks jim ,
i don’t want to have to pay ,
some strutting moron ,
to come and fix my hose someday ,
i might be in a wheelchair ,
screaming at him ,
while he messes everything up ,
and takes all my money !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 06:41 AM

Genius at work.. Water is getting dearer here.. will have to hook up my tank to the main house for use…Busy doing other things first..

-- Be safe.

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 06:52 AM

I must say that is a great idea, the brackets are just perfect.

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 07:53 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention….great ideas…you’re thinking way too much…but that’s not all bad…in fact, not bad at all….it’s great.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 08:18 AM

your progress with the gutters looks gooood man
thankĀ“s for sharing David


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#9 posted 07-05-2010 10:54 AM

I like self sufficiency David, and your mounting idea and installation look very good to me. I expect there will be fountains, flowers and a huge green lawn around your house in the near future which you will be able to enjoy looking at from your pool area.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 11:01 AM

Next thing will be your filtration for producing a drinking water…. We have an LJ member Bill Davis who had mentor a way to filter water from a fishpond… Visit his web Read this to believe… You can use his filter…. thanks.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 12:26 PM

Wonderful job David. Looks like a lot of hard work. Has to be worth it though. Quite an engineering feat. Looks good too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 01:01 PM

Nice work David. Shows your creativity knows no bounds!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 01:43 PM

You’ve been busy !
This project is looking great,
Can’t wait for the finish and RAIN !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 02:26 PM

good morning all .

my neighbor came by ,
and offered to get the water tank ,
out of the hole it’s in ,
with me this week !

things are looking up !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#15 posted 07-05-2010 02:28 PM

Nice project.
But man, do you have an eye for design. There are many ways of accomplishing the routing of water, but you have put a very artistic spin on it. Good for you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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