Garden Irrigation Via Rain Gutters: How To Turn Your Gutters Into Something Great

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Rain gutters typically collect water flow from your roof and send it down and away from your home. The water then ends up in a drainage ditch where it sits until the ground soaks it up or it evaporates, or it ends up in the city sewer system. Other people have devised ways to collect the rainwater and reuse it, but why not just deliver the water from the gutters to your garden? Here is how you can convert your house's gutters into an irrigation system.

What You Will Need (Materials)

Measure the height of the lowest gutters on your house. The ruler should take measurements from the foundation just above the ground to the bottom underside of the lowest gutters. This is the height of all of the four-inch square posts you will need for supports. You will also need some quick-drying concrete to hold the posts up.

Next, measure the distance from the back edge of your garden to the side or back of the house, depending on where your garden sits. This is the length of the extra rain gutters you will need for this project. Finally, you will need several pieces of plastic PVC pipe, approximately half the width of your garden and a foot or so taller than the posts you will use. (If you want a more exact measurement of the lengths of PVC pipe, use your mad geometry skills to figure out the length of the last side of a right triangle given the measurements of the height of the posts and the half-width of your garden.)

Steps to Complete Your Outdoor Garden Irrigation System

This project may seem complicated, but really it is not.

Here are the steps:

  1. Install one post close to the corner of your house. This post will be the primary support for the extra length of gutter you are about to add.
  2. Measure out every three feet from this first post toward your garden. Install a post every three feet. You may have to wait for the concrete to solidify before moving on, or have some handy helpers stand and hold the prior post in place while you work on the next one.
  3. Continue installing the posts this way until they have reached the far end or corner of your garden. 
  4. When all of the posts are solidly in place, attach the new gutters to your house gutter by opening up the corner and bolting on the new piece of gutter. the bottoms of these new pieces of gutter will need to be bolted into the tops of the posts you just installed. Continue until the end of the new sections of gutter come to rest on top of the last pole.
  5. Now drill holes in the sides of the new gutter sections. Be sure each hole is big enough to accommodate the end of a PVC pipe when you slide the pipe into the hole. Seal with plumber's caulk so it stays put. 

The pipes should be on a diagonal to the posts and new gutter sections. Using a drill, drill straight through the sides of the PVC pipes at one- to two-inch intervals. Now when it rains, water will collect and flow into the gutters and down the pipes into your garden like a sprinkler!

For more information, contact a company such as Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters.

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