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Downspout diverter
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The "kits" I'm finding online are outrageously priced ($25 to $47). Surely someone here has rigged something up for far less, so what've you got?
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dont have a picture but at the garage we took a food grade plastic barrel and about 10 bucks of pvc fitting and diverted water to the barrel. buy 2 barrels and put a hose between the two and have extra storage. water is used for watering plants, washing our hands and cooling off parts that were ground, welded or set on fire
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#3
We've checked WM, Lowes, Sam's Club, Trader Horn and Agway. None of them even sell the diverters. We have to check Home Depot and Tractor supply yet. You'd think with the stores carrying the rain barrels, they'd carry stuff to make it work with your downspouts.
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Any more ideas on diverters? I'm going to be replacing the gutters on my garage soon and I'm probably going to put in a barrel. I was looking on Amazon lastnight, reading reviews and they're pretty spotty on their reliability and installation.
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streaker69;143522 Wrote:Any more ideas on diverters? I'm going to be replacing the gutters on my garage soon and I'm probably going to put in a barrel. I was looking on Amazon lastnight, reading reviews and they're pretty spotty on their reliability and installation.

Shouldn't be difficult...cut downspout goes into barrel, expanding seal around the joint, spigot on the bottom of the barrel, overflow with a screen on the back of the barrel so the downspout isn't submerged or backing up...

Even linking the barrels is as simple as a PVC pipe inserted between the two a slight sloping angle a few inches from the top (below an overflow) so it fills the 2nd barrel after the first is full.
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Camper;143526 Wrote:
streaker69;143522 Wrote:Any more ideas on diverters? I'm going to be replacing the gutters on my garage soon and I'm probably going to put in a barrel. I was looking on Amazon lastnight, reading reviews and they're pretty spotty on their reliability and installation.

Shouldn't be difficult...cut downspout goes into barrel, expanding seal around the joint, spigot on the bottom of the barrel, overflow with a screen on the back of the barrel so the downspout isn't submerged or backing up...

Even linking the barrels is as simple as a PVC pipe inserted between the two a slight sloping angle a few inches from the top (below an overflow) so it fills the 2nd barrel after the first is full.

This is something like what we're doing at one corner. We have a corner where we can't feasibly extend the downspout far enough to really get the water away from the house because of the way the driveway meet the patio and the screen porch. No matter how we run it we would be stepping over it. So we're simply using a decorative rain barrel as a "buffer", the spigot will always be open (until we can find a use for 55 gals of collected water) and we will tuck a run of garden hose out of the way to drain off the rain barrel. At this point we're probably going to go with a single barrel though, this one point won't likely see that much rain water that a diverter would serve any purpose.
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Camper;143526 Wrote:
streaker69;143522 Wrote:Any more ideas on diverters? I'm going to be replacing the gutters on my garage soon and I'm probably going to put in a barrel. I was looking on Amazon lastnight, reading reviews and they're pretty spotty on their reliability and installation.

Shouldn't be difficult...cut downspout goes into barrel, expanding seal around the joint, spigot on the bottom of the barrel, overflow with a screen on the back of the barrel so the downspout isn't submerged or backing up...

Even linking the barrels is as simple as a PVC pipe inserted between the two a slight sloping angle a few inches from the top (below an overflow) so it fills the 2nd barrel after the first is full.

Ok, ya got me thinking. The problem with the downspout going directly into the barrel is all the debris from the roof will go into it as well. Some of the earlier designs had a screen, but they would clog up.

The newer idea is to install a diverter into the downspout so it doesn't try to send all the water into the barrel but collects some of it as it goes by. So that's what I'm working on. I'll post some pictures once I have a completed test model.
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streaker69;143539 Wrote:
Camper;143526 Wrote:Shouldn't be difficult...cut downspout goes into barrel, expanding seal around the joint, spigot on the bottom of the barrel, overflow with a screen on the back of the barrel so the downspout isn't submerged or backing up...

Even linking the barrels is as simple as a PVC pipe inserted between the two a slight sloping angle a few inches from the top (below an overflow) so it fills the 2nd barrel after the first is full.

Ok, ya got me thinking. The problem with the downspout going directly into the barrel is all the debris from the roof will go into it as well. Some of the earlier designs had a screen, but they would clog up.

The newer idea is to install a diverter into the downspout so it doesn't try to send all the water into the barrel but collects some of it as it goes by. So that's what I'm working on. I'll post some pictures once I have a completed test model.

That's what ours has, and it loos like a pretty stupid/lazy design. The downspout meets the screen flush and looks like it would allow for a lot of splashing and generally making a mess. The top of the barrel is designed to catch said splashing and funnel it right to the ground. Which is to say, the foundation. Fucking morons. So I'm looking at; 1) modifying the screen so the downspout enters the top of the barrel a couple inches and any splashing is contained, and 2) being able to separate the downspout and filter and barrel for the occasional clean-out.

The incorporated filter is already fitted with screws, so that mod should be easy. I just have to cut the aluminum short and add a flexible plastic extension to go into the barrel and meet the filter and I think I'll have what I need. I a little trial and error as we go maybe, but it ain't rocket surgery.
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streaker69;143539 Wrote:Ok, ya got me thinking. The problem with the downspout going directly into the barrel is all the debris from the roof will go into it as well. Some of the earlier designs had a screen, but they would clog up.

Install gutter guards Smile

Or screens over the gutters. If there is that much debris you're worried about, you should have them anyway and if there isn't enough to require screens or gutter guards than a few leaves or twigs in the barrel isn't that big of a deal.

I don't think that water from an asphalt roof can be considered potable unless heavily filtered anyway, so it's really only ever going to be garden/lawn/power washer water anyway.

Don't think there would be that much debris to make too much of a difference.

Intrigued by your idea too of splitting it at the top, would definitely want to see pics.
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#10
If you guys locate anything please post links. This is high on my todo list from the wife for this year.
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