Large drum (around 44 gallon size)
Adjustable spanner (if using a steel drum)
Tap set (if using drum with thick plastic base) often begged, stealed or borrowed from a mate 8-)
Hose (length according to where you want the water to go)
Connector (I used a 19mm screw-in type)
Please check with your local authorities about regulations concerning where and if you can use grey water run off.
I had connected a hose to our washing machine and recently Scarecrow asked me to extend it so it would go to another area of the garden.
The problem was that when I did that we ended up with air blockages and the washing machine did not like it.
Since I don’t like hand washing clothes I decided to fix the problem.
With your selected drum, drill a hole near the base that will allow the connector to go through.
If you are going to screw the connector into the drum use a tap with the appropriate sized thread.
Screw the connector into the drum
If you are using metal drum simply drill a hole and push it through then have somebody crawl inside it and do up the nut with the adjustable spanner. Of course make sure the drum is empty first.
Connect you hose according to how you wish to use the water.
Scarecrow has a tap to allow her to control where else in the garden the water goes.
Seal the connector to drum hole to prevent leaking.
Connect your washing machine to a hose to allow you to fill up the drum.
The idea is that the drum collects the water and it flows out at a reasonable rate of flow to where you want it.
Regards Doc ;)
Sunday, 18 March 2007