The joys of DIY sustainability projects

  A friend swapped us a rainwater tank and a microwave for my ipad. I reckon this was an awesome deal, after all, what can you do with an ipad? Lon and I decided to redo the drainage at one end of the house in order to take the overflow away more effectively. What was planned to be a shallow, 3’ trench turned horrible when we discovered that the previous owners used 90mm pipe that had been squashed into a flat oval, so we had a hell of a time attaching joiners and elbows. It was then revealed to us that the pipe sloped so that the water fell toward this end of the house instead toward the rest of the drainage and outlets. So, a 1 day job turned into 3 days as we had to dig out much more than we expected, through solid summer soil, removing a big patch of recently laid pavers. And then it rained…

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