The Rainwater System for the Green Building Adventure
is under construction.
Photos will be posted as we progress
...watch our progress. Come lend a hand!
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Preparing for the Rainbarrel Project
The Green Building Adventure will
have a fairly elaborate rainwater
catchment system. But first,
we begin with the barrels. We
decided to use steel drums for
1) they're durable
2) they won't be affected by UV rays
3) the less plastic in our lives, the better
Since this is a unique
rainbarrel design, the local
hardware stores didn't have the
exact materials we needed....so we
made them ourselves.
Here, Andrew is cutting rubber
washers to seal the drain spouts
to the metal drums.
Andrew cuts the pieces that will connect
the drums together. This is old polybutylene
plumbing from my family's home. It is not good
to use for high-pressure lines, but it will
work fine for our gravity-fed system.
We need a metal washer on the outside
of each drain valeve on each barrel, but the
local hardware store didn't have the exact size.
We bought the size slightly smaller than what we
need and wallered out the hole
to make it fit.