If you read the previous post (06/22/2009), you will know that we finally figured out where the water service line comes into the house. Great – except, we still have no running water in the house. We actually have a few weeks to go before any plumbing work can start.
Having no running water is sort of a problem for a number of reasons. One of them is that some of the work is rather dusty and dirty and it would be really nice if I could wash my hands before I touch my sandwich at lunchtime.
All things considered, this is actually an easy and fun problem to solve, as we have another water source at the house that provides us free water. Of course, it’s the runoff coming down the downspout from our roof. I had two spare 55 gallon drums that were easy to convert into rain barrels. I cut a section out of the downspout and installed a homemade rain water diverter that also serves as an emergency overflow to the storm sewer. Then I built a small pedestal out of some scrap wood, placed the barrels on top and connected them to the diverter.
I repurposed that old sink from the basement bathroom, fitting it under the barrel faucets so now I can comfortably wash my hands without getting my feet all wet. I admit that it is not the prettiest set up – but it works.