Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fun with Rain Barrels

the Labradane

Yesterday K and I visited some fellow housebloggers at City Homestead. They live not far from Lake Merritt here in Oakland, and had lamented not knowing how to make a platform for some rain barrels they bought a while back. I'm not 100% done with the insanity here, but I knew that was something I could help with. So while I showed them how to build a sturdy platform, K headed off to the Y.

The work went pretty quickly since they'd already bought the necessary materials. The most time-consuming was leveling the ground to put the concrete piers, and that was pretty easy because the soil had been dug up before to remove plants. It was nice to get to put faces to the names behind the blog, and both K and I enjoyed meeting their dog, Augie, who's got a lab personality but closer to great dane size. He's rescue dog, and a large bundle of energy.

finished platform and barrels

6 comments:

artemis said...

Thanks again for your help on this! We spent the rest of the day making incremental progress on getting the rain barrel functionality up and running, and will post some more photos of the whole shebang over on City Homestead once that part of the equation is complete---but in the meantime we're busy admiring the platform (and trying to figure out what else we should try to build with our new skills!) And, of course, the Labradane really enjoyed new friends as well. :)

Gene said...

My pleasure. If any of your new found skills need tools you don't have, or if you want help with other tasks, let me know.

I'm looking forward to seeing your barrels fully functional. Our rain barrel, too, come to think of it. But I need to pave the front walk first, so for now it continues to decorate the living room :-)

meryl rose said...

I hope one day to get some rain barrels in our backyard as well, but first comes a new roof and gutters....

NV said...

Wow, Gene, you are always so good to step up and help others. Kudos to you! And your love of creatures is a definite virtue. :-)

Paul said...

Wow, that looks so much better than the platform for our barrel. Of course, almost anything looks better than several cinder blocks stacked on old patio blocks.

However, placing your barrel on a raised platform works and it makes bigger difference than you would think (sometimes even I forget how heavy even a few inches water can be)

Alas, I just had to drain the last of the water out our our barrel since the sub-freezing weather has returned.

Gene said...

D. calculated the 110 gallons would weigh around 900 pounds. The nice wooden wine barrels added some not insignificant amount to that total. So having a solid platform is hecka important.

@paul: The good news is that during the winter you don't need much water for irrigation.