LET IT RAIN ! (not today , soon )
i have been in my home for 10 1/2 years now ,and early on had to choose between a house ,
and a well .
i had to chose to build the house , as it was beginning winter , and i had no place to live .
i hauled water first in milk bottles , and then 5 gallon plastic jugs .
i setup all the plumbing first ,
got water heater , shower , vanity , toilet , and sink .
everything was ready , but i had no water ,
my friends would laugh , i even had a clothes washer .
i bathed at the neighbors , and did laundry in town 30 miles away .
after some work i finally got a water tank , 1750 gallons , i had had a backhoe dig me a hole for a future tank to be in . but the one i bought was made for aboveground placement ,
something i didn't know at that time .
so i put it in the hole , and got a pump and hooked it to the waterline to the house .
hired a water truck to bring me water (1,600 gallons , $120 , about 3 months worth ,
today it costs $200) .
not bad for a single guy .
but the rain caved in the hole , and i had to buy new pumps , and every year i made a cover for the hole ,
but the rain and snow always won . i finally last year built a water shed , and bought a 3,000 gallon tank.
on cement with insulation and metal roof (yet to come ).
the old tank is still in the hole , waiting to be dug out ,
will hire some one to do this , as soon as i win the lottery (LOL) .
and moved under the porch ,where it will collect rain water , and be pumped to the bigger tank ,
this is my long awaited gutter system i designed to catch all the rain water , ( when it happens , it's like niagara falls)
it is made to go under the overhang on the metal roof , and will be sealed and bolted on there .
and curl up and around over the edge to catch all the snow in winter .and direct it to the tank
all the gutters i have ever used are garbage , they clog with leaves , (i don't have any deciduous ones) ,or the snow rides right over them and falls in back breaking clumps , not much good , just cute in mild rain .
i used 6" x 20' schedule 40 pvc pipe , and made this jig to cut 1/4 of the pipes out to do the curl and attached it to the roof with arms from the rafter ends .
not finished , just beginning , i need 8 pipes altogether , i have 3 right now ,
the jig must last at least a year i figure , until i can buy more pipe .
now i could shower , wash clothes and dishes , and cook .
here how i did it jim ,by myself .
pipe on truck rack ,
backed to below porch
tied o rope to one end and lifted it and grabbed it and pulled it on to porch ,
these things are BIG and HEAVY ! slippery as sin too .
now the fun part , making a jig to cut one quarter out of the circumference !
this is the idea , made from cardboard and some wire ,
the 'arm' will attach to the rafter ends with thru carriage bolts ,
and have a round seat for the pipe to sit in ,
the yellow hoop is the pipe mockup , this will go all around the house ,
and bring the water to a central down spout to the tank .
the 20 " long jig , slide in pipe , camp to back wall and post both ends ,
saw rides along top against edge guide , then on face against lower guide rail .
and here we have it !