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Johan Svensson
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Location: Blekinge, Sweden
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Hi everyone,

I just bought a small farm in southern part of Sweden and I have my whole life planned out in work just about.
I was examining the henhouse and theres a problem with no gutters and all the watter undermining the stonefoundation. I had planned on putting up gutters and leading the water away from the building, perhaps into a swale for collection when I was struck by mandness or brilliance, I'm not sure yet.
Why not extend the gutters and connect them to a pergola/aquaduct system and lead it towards the higher end of my property. Why not do it on my house too?! I could make little shelves with small basins and have small crawlerplants. Perhaps have some system in place that I could connect a hose to and water localy. I had to stop myself there because it started to get out of hand but it seemed to me to be in complete harmony with permaculture.
I was thinking a pergola-system with inbuilt gutter and cover the sides with a 1x6 or something fancy.

Has anyone thought of an idea like this or seen one? I'de be interested to hear your thoughts on it. I havent really evolved the idea yet it just seemed to have endless possibilities.
 
Ben Zumeta
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Location: Redwood Country, Zone 9, 60" rain/yr,
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Awesome idea! I put in something basic towards those ends just recently off my barn and along my fenceposts towards my duck pond (which is still yet to be fully dug). We got 5" (14cm?) rain in 24hrs, right after I finished the gutter and 2"pipe run (60ft). I had to put a series of kiddie pools and masonry tubs to cascade the outlet water to my swale but will get to digging once it dries out a bit and I won't be destroying the topsoil I remove. I will then let the duck seal the pond to whatever extent they will and dig down over the summer any time it dries out. I figure I will get over 25,000 gallons off that 700sq ft roof with 60" of rain per year, so I will have a lot of water to play with before I try to tie in my garage on top of the house which already goes to my french drain/swale.

As I was building my outlet with2nd hand  2" abs pipe , it occurred to me that I could have done just as well functionally and with only a little more work but much more charmingly with the salvaged wood I had from my neighbor's demolition project. Anyone have examples of home made gutters and aquaducts?  How about micro-hydro of large warehouse roofs? This has also been on my mind.
 
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