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19 June 2006 @ 03:44 am
Almost 4 am. Damn. I need to get to bed.

But first: all y'all on my flist with engineering/kludging expertise? What would you do?

I want a rainwater catchment system so I can water plants. However, there are no gutters on my roof, only eaves. Since this is an historic home, I'm not allowed to put gutters on. So no easy spout-into-the-rainbarrel for me.

Is there any way to create some sort of catchment system? I thought maybe shallow troughs on the ground running along both sides of the house under the eaves would work. (That sentence had way too many clauses. I need to get to bed.) What could I make such troughs of? And how would I make them? If I can avoid buying welding equipment (and learning to weld), that would be a bonus.

This isn't for anytime soon. I'm just doing some long-range planning.

In other home news, Rob did a marvelous job on the composter. I will take pictures and post them eventually. We are now composting eggshells, pistachio shells, lemon peels, leaves, wilted lettuce, onion skins-- it is so cool. I love not throwing away organic material. I think of how it'll all break down and feed my garden in the fall, and it makes me so happy.
Linda Murraymisscoollinda on June 27th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
I think running troughs along the bottom sides of the house would work well. As for materials....I'll have to think about that one. Maybe a roll of roof flashing. You can roll out the lengths you need. Cut off what you want. It bends pretty easily.