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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 .


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now the fun part , making a jig to cut one quarter out of the circumference !
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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 !

-- 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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Rob Drown

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#1 posted 1538 days ago

Wow, an increadable amount of work.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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savannah505

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#2 posted 1538 days ago

That should work for you, good job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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patron

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#3 posted 1538 days ago

it has been free water wasted for years ,
now i have the capacity to go 6 months ,(the bigger tank) .
and when this gets online ,(soon i hope ) .
i should be able to keep my water as full as God makes it rain or snow .
maybe only the occasional truck in droughts .

-- 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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NBeener

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#4 posted 1538 days ago

Wow.

Amazing ingenuity.

Will this provide ALL of your water needs, or will you still need to buy water for drinking and cooking.

I imagine you could filter from the cistern, and be okay…...

Classic David. That’s a GOOD thing !!

-- -- Neil

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patron

13018 posts in 1974 days


#5 posted 1538 days ago

neil ,
i got a pressure , filter , and full insulated system now ,
the water i put some clorox in to kill any organics .

it may not last all year , but lot’s of melting snow in winter ,
and summer downpours in summer will sure help .
when you live at this level , you learn to be stingy with the water ,
only city friends leave the taps running while they brush their teeth ?

-- 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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degoose

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#6 posted 1538 days ago

Just what can’t you do…
nothing is impossible with you on the job… well done..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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patron

13018 posts in 1974 days


#7 posted 1538 days ago

larry
seems you do just about everything too !

have a great visit in NZ ,
and a safe on 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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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 1538 days ago

Darn smart idea David.
Why waste the water if you can save it?
That should really increase your capacity.
And, I second Larrys’ comment.
I don’t think there’s much you can’t do.

-- Having fun...Eric

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 1538 days ago

Hey David
I guess you didn’t need an oxen after all to pull up the pipe.
Pretty slick jig there bud .Wish I was close Enough to help.
Maybe Larry can bring one of his amazing machines by I’m sure it would do the job.
How about your bud that you helped on the bath room remodel,
You d man I guess you will just put on the blue tights and red cape one more time,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

13018 posts in 1974 days


#10 posted 1538 days ago

eric
thats the plan , still some distance though . rob
i got 12 3/4 acres , and not one single rock , not even a pebble ,
i did use my chainsaw , until all the pinon died,
now i but firewood ,juniper to small and hard to mess with . jim
he was pouring cement today for his shop ,
i will wash that cape , if i can get this together !lol .

-- 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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grizzman

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#11 posted 1538 days ago

that is just cool david…i love seeing ingenuity at work…ive also thought of using some heavy pvc for a front gutter…just dont have a tank to store it in…and here in alabama…were usually blessed with some heavy duty rain….with that summer heat you get..if you could use it to heat that water…that would save on using a hot water heater…a copper coil could do the trick real good…just think david…you could shower twice in one week….lol…....good work mate…..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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dustbunny

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#12 posted 1538 days ago

Wow, that is quite a system !
Very ingenious.
Saving the planet one drop of rain at a time,
great work David : )

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Karson

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#13 posted 1538 days ago

David a great design job. and very nice cutting jig.

I agree people don’t seem to understand water usage. My wife will turn on the water and then walk to the refrig to pick up somethin.

I don’t have water problems, I’m on a well so I take water out of the ground and put it back with a septic tank. So It doesn’t disappear.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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patron

13018 posts in 1974 days


#14 posted 1538 days ago

grizz,
you mean i can take showers in hot water in the middle of summer (IOO deg.) ?
i could take cold ones in the middle of winter too (-20 deg. ) !
pick up a hose around here , and you can cook kraut with it ! lisa, the water all comes from God as a gift to us ,this way i don’t have to pay the middlemen for it , after they use it and recycle it ! karson it’s a strange new world we live in . i used to drink water from any where as a kid , never got sick .
don’t try that today !

-- 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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jack1

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#15 posted 1538 days ago

When I lived in NM, I helped a friend make a cistern. We covered a large (1-1+1/2 acre) graded hillside behind his house with concrete that emptied into a tank in the ground. He was able to collect enough water to make it till the next rainy season. He filtered it to strain out the bits of twig and beak and then had a purification system… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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