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Roofing, gutters and water tanks.

By 30 June 2009 11

Hi all,

I’m currently looking at having some roof work done here in Canberra.  As part of this fun task I’d like to get a water tank installed.  So to add to the fun of the roof and water tank, you can throw the gutters into the equation too.

What I’m after is tips, tricks, good news stories and bad news stories on any of the above!

I’m not going to do the full re-spray idea, just looking at getting the ridgecapping re-bedded and pointed and the same deal with the gable ends of my roof.  I’m still debating if I need to do the fascia’s that are a bit warped at one end of the house (the wood still seems pretty reasonable, just a bit warped at one end).

Would love to hear any thoughts people have on this subject.

Thanks in advance,

Stainless Steel Rat.

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11 Responses to Roofing, gutters and water tanks.
#1
harley1:36 pm, 30 Jun 09

Don’t make them from Rats. Stainless Steel is probably OK, but expensive.

We just had our tiles replaced, but that was mainly because our extension was getting new tiles. I’ve done new fascia & guttering along one side of the house, you can order guttering direct from lysaght in queanbo, it’s pretty cheap for colorbond guttering, and not that hard to put up.

I got my tank and pump from irrigationwarehouse.com.au, they do free delivery on the tanks, but you have to pay for the pump delivery. Rod there will advise you what fittings to get, how to set up a first-flush diverter or charged system to stop crap getting in the tank. They also have neat over-flow systems so you can leave the old downpipes in place, and put in a blocking piece in that makes the water fill the gutter, then overflow to the tank downpipe. If it gets too high, the regular gutter starts taking water, too. Very clever stuff, it’s it just a square of galv.

#2
Trunking symbols3:24 pm, 30 Jun 09

I had a water tank installed but it’s a real hassle getting the hose up far enough to fill it. I’m going to get the plumbers in to install a pipe from the water supply to keep it filled.

#3
cranky8:59 pm, 30 Jun 09

Installed a tank/pump when doing a resto on the house. This coincided with the start of the drought. We have a very water frugal garden, and use only this tank water.

The tank is 5000 litres, and in retrospect I should have installed twice this capacity.

#4
JC2:12 am, 01 Jul 09

Trunking symbols said :

I had a water tank installed but it’s a real hassle getting the hose up far enough to fill it. I’m going to get the plumbers in to install a pipe from the water supply to keep it filled.

What the?

#5
harley7:47 am, 01 Jul 09

JC said :

What the?

Do they not have sarcasm on Betelgeuse?

#6
S4anta10:10 am, 01 Jul 09

I know I am probably stating the obvious here, but the one tip I would suggest is to ensure that the tank is at the highest, and least obtrusive place on your property the amount of tanks I have seen installed at the lowest point is simply crazy considering you need to power a pump to push the water up hill to get it to whatever you plan to use it for.

That and the Romans used the 1.5 degree rule for their aquifers and they still work.

#7
deezagood10:35 am, 01 Jul 09

Trunking symbols said :

I had a water tank installed but it’s a real hassle getting the hose up far enough to fill it. I’m going to get the plumbers in to install a pipe from the water supply to keep it filled.

Gold!

#8
Stainless Steel Rat12:37 pm, 01 Jul 09

Thanks all for the comments, My property is reasonably flat so the placement shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but a good point.

Great advice on using the hose to fill it up too!! Love it, great idea ;-)

#9
ant12:44 pm, 01 Jul 09

harley said :

Don’t make them from Rats. Stainless Steel is probably OK, but expensive.

And there’s your answer: Rats are bloody cheap at the moment.

#10
Postalgeek1:07 pm, 01 Jul 09

Wherever you locate your tanks, keep in mind how much of your roof runoff will be feeding the tanks. Look at your roof and its faces, where the downpipes are and what faces are feeding them, and what room you have on the walls for diversions. You may want to redirect a couple of down pipes to your tanks to maximise rain capture, even if it means long traverses. How much rain capture you have makes a huge difference to how useful and reliable your tanks will be.

#11
ant1:12 pm, 01 Jul 09

.. and do a deal with your tankless neighbour to poach HIS roof for water, as well! It’d be do-able in a place like Gungahlin.

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