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Old 06-16-2008, 01:11 PM   #11
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My termite guy didnt like the a/c water dripping onto the foundation.

before he left I had soaked a old shoe lace in water tied it off around the pvc pipe and conneted it with old gutter nail into a butterfly bush. For the last 4 years this bush grows and almost gets 6 feet tall and 6 feet around.

(he was trying to upcharge me to reroute away from the foundation)

as he was leaving he said nice job he would have to rember that one.

all summer long the bush gets ice cold a/c water.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:16 PM   #12
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I like the 55 gallon drums plumbed together.

you could always connect it to you air compressor to put a head charge on the most uphill one and use it to water with that way.

10 to 20 psi should be sufficent. use a regulator.
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:42 PM   #13
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Great idea- I like the idea of pressurizing the drum to force the water out, but I vote for using only 5 psi.

I don't want anyone to hear about anyone getting injured by shrapnel from an exploding plastic or metal barrel.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:22 PM   #14
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a site I found that may spark some interest http://www.rainbarrelsandmore.com/
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:45 PM   #15
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Out here in the desert, we don't get enough rain to wet a blotter...
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:04 AM   #16
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There you go, filter it bottle it and sell it to Californians.
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There you go, filter it bottle it and sell it to Californians.
My wife has a big thing for bottled water, but that's another story...

After hearing about some of the mid western flooding, I've wondered about the feasibility of some sort of nationwide water distribution system...take water from areas which are getting too much, and pipe it to drought areas...have it be reversible...maybe some sort of "strategic water reserve" capacity...the collection logistics would be hard to work out, and it sounds kinda bizarre, but with enough effort it might just work...
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My wife has a big thing for bottled water, but that's another story...

After hearing about some of the mid western flooding, I've wondered about the feasibility of some sort of nationwide water distribution system...take water from areas which are getting too much, and pipe it to drought areas...have it be reversible...maybe some sort of "strategic water reserve" capacity...the collection logistics would be hard to work out, and it sounds kinda bizarre, but with enough effort it might just work...
prolly get filled with muck...

i would not drink the rain water because of all the pollution in the air near me...

i highly doubt rainwater showers and such would hardly be cost effective since you can install a low flow shower head and its VERY cheap for like 1000 gallons of water...that and you dont have to do any filtration antibacterial cleaning of said storage tanks, etc...its not a one time buy gotta keep buyign chemicals and whatnot

but for watering gardens and such i think its a great idea.

also to the guy with red water, its most likely from the trees, if we get a buncha maple leafs sitting in our gutters the water comes out brown, rotting maple seeds reek and make black muck...
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After hearing about some of the mid western flooding, I've wondered about the feasibility of some sort of nationwide water distribution system
They're called rivers. Try to imagine the power required to move rivers uphill and you can get an idea of the difficulty. When I was a kid, such an idea was feasible. Energy was cheap. Need more energy? Then build a dam, burn some coal, drill for oil, split some atoms. Geothermal existed but was and is geographically limited. Alternative energy sources existed but were too expensive. But as a result of a 30 year policy of National Energy Suicide by certain political entities, there's no way today. We'd have to go beg some sheiks for enough oil to move our own water around.
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that and you dont have to do any filtration antibacterial cleaning of said storage tanks, etc...its not a one time buy gotta keep buyign chemicals and whatnot
The critters can be managed with UV and Ozone systems. The problem is that you need to move water through those systems, and therefore need a pump, which consumes electricity, etc etc. The UV and Ozone appliances also use electricity, so....
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