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Steve Furlong
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Beyond a bucket under the sink, that is. Has anyone got some ideas that don't involve drilling holes in the wall or putting permanent fixtures in the garden?
 
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My kitchen sink clogged up a few months ago. I replaced the plumbing under the sink, but the problem was further down the line. I did not have time to fix it immediately, so in went a 5 gallon bucket for the best part of a couple months. I was quite surprised to learn how little water went down the drain. I was expecting I would have to dump it a few times a day. A couple times a week was all I needed, and it was rarely full unless I did the dishes.
 
Peter DeJay
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A clothes washing machine is the easiest to capture in an existing house, rental or not. The machine has a pump for the water discharge, which means you can have an outlet for it at window height. I would run a 1.5 inch PVC pipe out the window and to the tree/ location you want grey watered. You can even have several pipes out the window for different locations, just move the washer discharge to whichever one.

For anything other then a washing machine it will be harder, as the pipes are covered in the walls. I suppose you could remove the p-trap under a sink and rig up a garden hose fitting and run that outside, but you have to make sure you maintain a downward slope, and be careful that nothing but water goes down so it doesn't clog the small line. Also, if you disconnect the p-trap, make sure you properly (temporarily) cap the drain that continues into the wall, so you don't get sewer gas into the house.
 
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