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brick patio designed to collect rainwater

 
                                  
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I made a huge brick patio out of almost all free materials.  It collects rainwater too.  I haven't seen any other designed like it (which surprises me because it was actually easier to fill in that way!).

It is here:
http://www.brickpatio.blogspot.com

Enjoy - let me know what you think!

Chris
 
                                          
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Very nice project!  I built a brick patio once (about 15' x 15') and I know firsthand what a load of money and labor (my own) it can cost.  Great job on making it doubly functional!
 
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Hello Chris,

I had seen your 55 barrel system before at  http://rainharvester3.blogspot.com/ ; and thought a lot of it too. 

I have a too much water problem curantly at my new home but think if I could trap off the roof that would keep it out of the yard.  I have my eye out for a local source of barrels.  I know dairys use them so I just need to make friends with a dairy farmer. 

I can only imagine it is just as dry in the summer as wet in the winter here.
 
                    
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That is a fantastic idea, great use of salvaged materials, and a beautiful place for you and your family to hang out!  Really awesome idea for collecting water (and getting it away from your house foundation) and wonderful implementation. 
 
                                  
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Thanks!  I've not seen anyother designs like it but was looking for some when I built it (to see if I could improve my own ideas).  The coolest part was that the barrels automatically prime themselves to start the siphon - I didn't expect that at all!
 
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