Any Suggestions Regarding Rainfall Collection Without A Gutter

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  1. Grumpy Max

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    I like in a rented mid-terrace house.
    As such I don’t have access to a downpipe, those being on the neighbouring properties & at the furthest points from my house.
    I can’t start adding my own downpipe due to the rental position I’m in.
    So, is there any way that I can collect rainwater in a butt? I was thinking getting a butt, stick a large upside down cone into the top to collect as much rain as possible but I’m not sure that would work?
    Any ideas/suggestions or am I in a losing situation here?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Tom Williams

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    Out of sheet thin metal make a gutter with one sidde a few like 3-4 inches longer cap one end in capped in place a garden hose connection place long side under shingles on roof fasten with a couple roof nailsrun garden hose to tank when move or leave pull nails and put them back into hole after you take gutter off no leak then place orfasten hose to tank and you will have rain water when needed very simple but works
     
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  3. Grumpy Max

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    Thanks, you’ve given me an idea.
     
  4. Tom Williams

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    Glad to help master redneck enginer degree here
     
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    A roll of roof flashing work make great gutter
     
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  6. Grumpy Max

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    :D
     
  7. Tom Williams

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    -)\ flat onbottom then cup shape then bend excess back over to brace flat on roof those symble close as i can get tecno stupid i am
     
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  8. Tom Williams

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    I made gutters on myplace out of pcv pipe i found in trash around town cut in half plastic weld together been up there since 85 never failed or rusted out
     
  9. Keith H.

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    If you are in a built up area I do not recommend you use rainwater collection for drinking, too many pollutants.

    If you have a galvanised metal roofing you can get some new poly sewer pipe & cut it length ways, open it up & slip it over the iron roofing. Do this from one end & simply push it on all the way.
    If you have a tiled roof, & suggest using a tarp to catch & funnel the water into your water butt.
    Keith.
     
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  10. Tom Williams

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    I dont like rain water for drinking anywhere flush toliet be all iuse it for too much crap in it even threw some filters i might water plants none i would eat tho
     
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  11. Grumpy Max

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    Thanks Keith. I live on the edge of a large town butting onto open countryside.
     
  12. Old Geezer

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    Just this past summer, I read about gathering rainwater run-off from roofs for watering gardens. You'd think that asphalt shingles would have too many pollutants. Well, they don't. And any bird poop would be nitrogenous fertilizer. Bad bacteria can be bleached -- then get the chlorine out the water.

    http://www.sightline.org/2015/01/07/a-green-light-for-using-rain-barrel-water-on-garden-edibles/

    https://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/downloads/mw22v577v

    http://tylertork.com/diyrainbarrels/safety.html
     
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  13. Grumpy Max

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    Thanks for that.
     
  14. lonewolf

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    we use our water butts for watering the garden but in a SHTF situation where we might have to resort to drinking it, passing it through a water filter and boiling it first, but we are rural so only if other sources failed.
    just put the butt under a protruding bit of a roof, it will drip into the butt, you'd be surprised how a water butt will fill up just after a good rain storm.
     
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  15. Grumpy Max

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    I’ll try that Lone, I’ve an idea what to do.
    I know what you mean regarding how much water comes off a roof. My Dad put a butt in under guttering leading off a carport, approx 35’ x 10’, & last year in it filled it to overflowing in a few hours.
     
  16. lonewolf

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    yes, we use the large blue plastic barrels(we get them free from industrial estates and farms) and use those as water butts, a nearly empty one will fill up to overflowing in a rain storm in North Devon. our normal weather is rain here!!
     
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