I am installing some gutters in my house. I hate gutters, but need to divert the rain water due to issues we have had with mold and moisture under our house. The gutter along the back of the house will have a single downspout. It comes to a corner where a cement patio starts and "can" drain onto that area, which has a gentle slope towards the front of the house and the street. But we are thinking about the following as alternatives plans: Using a rain barrel for collection, but I hate the black pickle barrels I see everywhere and not sure what the best options are. If we use a barrel, I would imagine it fills very quickly, like one storm would overfill a 50-60 gallon barrel? Am I completely off on that? (I live in central Los Angeles) The other option is that we are pulling out a large tree that is right where the downspout is going to be and I thought why not dig a big whole and back fill it with gravel and turn it into a leech pit, is that a crazy idea, any thoughts on the best way to do that? And lastly, do people ever run there rain water into their sewer line, is that legal? Thanks MeFites
posted by silsurf
on Oct 24, 2013 -
The rain barrel in my garden has a plastic flex clip
on it to hold the hose
that's attached to the barrel. Or rather it did. Half of it broke off months ago. I've checked Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Rona, and none of them carried a replacement clip. The rain barrel was installed about five years ago courtesy of the City of Toronto as part of their drainpipe disconnection program, so I don't have the option of going back to the supplier for it. Does anyone know where I can get a suitable replacement clip on the internet?
posted by orange swan
on Jun 23, 2013 -
I would like to import a small barrel of bourbon for my husband's birthday. I am in Australia, happy to pay freight, excise and associated taxes but I need to find the bourbon first. Help? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Apr 6, 2011 -
I'm looking for information regarding the safety of using water from a rain barrel in a vegetable garden. Has anyone seen any studies that test water from a rain barrel to determine its quality? How would I go about getting water tested to make sure it's safe?
posted by GernBlandston
on Jul 13, 2010 -
Is there a resource anywhere that will give me either (a) historical data for the last year or two on the price of oil (b) similar data for airline tickets or (c) ideally, both?
posted by ricochet biscuit
on Nov 9, 2008 -
If we lowered the speed limit nationally to 55mph, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
posted by mikeyk
on Oct 13, 2008 -
Are those small novelty wine barrels that one sees in gift shops in the "Bar" area actually meant to hold stuff? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Jun 15, 2008 -
I have two half whiskey barrels in my backyard, which I'm trying to grow bamboo in. One of them is VERY prone to flooding. What can I do to stop it from turning into soil soup?
posted by beatgenxer
on Jun 5, 2008 -
I'm trying to visualize the amount of oil the world has consumed since 1900 and, just for fun, how much there is left ...using bodies of water as a reference. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd
on Mar 23, 2008 -
Why does an image of a naked man wearing a barrel with suspenders symbolize being poor? What is that image's origin?
posted by Falconetti
on Oct 17, 2007 -
Any idea why my wooden rain barrel won't swell when filled with water like it did last year? [more inside]
posted by cda
on Jul 19, 2006 -
I'm trying to locate a movie I saw when I was a wee lad. It involved an unborn child (I believe) coming to Earth (I believe) in a blue barrel (I'm positive) and being raised by human parents. I thought it was D.A.R.Y.L., but I was wrong. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by hoborg
on Oct 24, 2005 -
How many gallons of oil are in a barrel? Really, what I want to know: How many gallons of gasoline can be distilled from that barrel of oil? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon
on Sep 1, 2005 -