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Rainwater harvesting (Design-build), Ithaca, NY

Date: 2006

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Step-by-step construction method:

2. Next, I built pressure-treated wooden platforms to support the barrels above grade. There are three main reasons for supporting the barrels in this manner: (a) the water pressure for irrigation will be a bit greater; (b) it becomes possible to place a pail under the faucet at the bottom of the barrel; and (c) a level base keeps the barrel upright and stable. Note that a 50-gallon barrel filled with water weighs slightly more than 400 pounds; the design of a wooden platform needs to account for these loads (see my free online structures text for wood design methods).


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