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4 years 1 week ago, 11:36 PM

runawaygun762

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Collecting Water

Okay, to make a short story long....

In an effort to save a bit of money while here in Cuba, I came up with the absolutely ingenious fucking idea of having my wife send me old magazines from home rather than buying new ones here. After a couple months of not seeing them, the articles in my gun and diesel mags will be interesting again. So her grandmother gets in on it and sent me a few issues of Grit magazine. It's a rural living magazine with articles on canning food, managing land, raising animals, and so on. Now to the point of the thread....

One of the articles covered building a drip irrigation system using rain runoff. I knew about this from my time in the heaven that I have come to love and miss almost as much as I miss my family; Southern Arizona. A lot of the houses there have rain catchment systems that collect in underground cisterns. Anyway, this article said that in one inch of a rainfall, a 30 foot by 50 foot roof can shed 900 gallons of water. That's a shit load of water.

Now, while the water bill is typically one of the lower of the utility bills, when looking at it from a preparedness standpoint, if you consider that a person can get by on one gallon of water per day including drinking, bathing, cooking, and laundry (of course this assumes you aren't washing laundry or bathing every day), you can really save quite a bit of space over buying big ass packs of bottled water and storing them

I am going to try and figure out a DIY system for this at my house that doesn't look like shit. I know it'd be easy to cut each of the downspouts, fit them with a rubber sleeve to keep foreign material out, and fit them into a food-grade 55 gallon drum, but I'm going to look around for other ideas. I might do just that, but put the barrels into an older vintage-looking wooden barrel for looks, I don't know.

I think for something like this, a hand pumped filter would work for drinking water, and would last longer than a filter system that all of the water goes through, especially if you're going to use most of the rain water for irrigation, laundry, or bathing anyway.

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4 years 1 week ago, 12:41 AM

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Only thing is its a bit more than "semi", but what the hey..

When i was part of the drug sceen (i've told you guys about my checkerd past just not much) we had a lot of ways to beat the system for growing weed, and Daves post above reminds me of some of this..

Think you guys all know my belief system well enough im not going to waste time talking about bla bla bla.. suffice to say that we were subject to UA's and i can say honest to God that i havn't had a dubbie in way over 20 years.. Guess i could now.. for those of you who are usta be smokers you understand.. no biggie, just part of your past..

Back when it wasn't we had lots of ways to grow safe, one of the best was in the desert.. for regular seeds.. For old sister sesimia (the good stuff) we had a diffrent drill those were kept inside, and nutured, but for the average stuff.. We used shooting as a good cover, and on the back side of any well used desert range we would set up a drip system of plastic i gal milk jugs..

These would get a green brown camo spray paint, nothing fancy just enough that if you didn't know you would never notice.. We got to be pretty expert with wells and putting in irrigation pipe.. narrow pvc we would put in ground to run from the local large native desert plant that held the milk jug to our "grower".. the hole is dug, plant goes in to well prepared soil mix, then a light coat of desert soil and a small a symetrical well that doesnt look to obvious.. The pvc is run underground right to the stalk.

Experiment showed that just a couple of small holes would give enough drip.. and if you had everything perfect two jugs per plant would work for a couple days or more.. Usually a trip 3 times a week.. All to go shooting, and when you knew it was clear just refill the jugs.. No deal with being seen as a regular at the ranges.. bunch all over out skirts of Tucson, and of course who goes over the back side of a shooting berm.. Ah the old days..

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4 years 1 week ago, 12:52 AM

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I love you, greg.

Here I go posting about rain catchment systems for the good of a household and drip irrigation, and you talk about using the same system for weed. I love it. I never grew it, and never had to pay for it. I had a few friends who were green thumbs themselves so we never had to risk law enforcement intervention. Of course, growing up in rural Missouri, if it was just pot and not meth, the cops wouldn't have cared anyway.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
4 years 6 days ago, 4:09 PM

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Get a hot tub

450 gallons right on top.

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4 years 6 days ago, 4:45 PM

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water storage

i have a hot tub as well,500 gallons,and a well, so i'm okay,but i like rain water for the garden and plants,so i have one ugly blue plastic 55 gallon drum with my downspout going into it,i'm actually hiding it now behind a cedar fence section,if i need to convert it to drinking water I'd just add some straight bleach.

Just a thought,it's easy to find this stuff on the internet but in a real SHTF scenario the grid could be down,so i have taken to printing and laminating and storing in a 3 ring binder useful information like "water purification" techniques,just in case,good post Dave.

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3 years 51 weeks ago, 5:02 PM

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i do this in so cal

all the water drips down chains that are extended out from the house so they fall straight down into the barrels below. The barrels have a spout on then that is a foot from the ground and can attach to a hose.

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