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  • J-Po commented on J-Po's instructable Elevated Dual Barrel Rainwater Collection System4 months ago
    Elevated Dual Barrel Rainwater Collection System

    Sure,Your assumption is correct. I drain them, then disconnect the two barrels via the PVC Union (in the Manifold) which isolates each barrel from the other and further drains the plumbing. Some water is not an issue, it would need to fill the line and thus have no where (else) to expand, to burst the pipe.

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  • J-Po commented on J-Po's instructable Stanley Compartment Rack4 months ago
    Stanley Compartment Rack

    Hi Alex,could you be more specific?I am unsure what you are asking.

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  • J-Po commented on Missourian's instructable Upgraded Kettle Grill4 months ago
    Upgraded Kettle Grill

    Love this!Seen it several times before, but nothing close to this quality build. Well thought out, especially like the organizational bottom shelf.You seemed to know what you are doing with offset smoking too.

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  • J-Po commented on J-Po's instructable Elevated Dual Barrel Rainwater Collection System4 months ago
    Elevated Dual Barrel Rainwater Collection System

    First, You are welcome. Second, you are right on with the critique. The filter is only thing that requires me to troubleshoot. The sock idea works but it literally traps everything so it if I don't keep it clean it dries up probably crusts over and then we get a hard rain and I have water backing up. When I winterize the barrels there is very little sediment, so the sock works, perhaps too well. Even with high functioning gutter guards there is alot that gets transported to the filter. The water in my barrels stays pretty clean, I don't treat with anything and rarely do they smell even with long droughts. That said I'm not sure you could ever cost justify drinkable rainwater. You would need a multi-stage filtration and purification process, to guard against ecoli from birds, algea etc.....see more »First, You are welcome. Second, you are right on with the critique. The filter is only thing that requires me to troubleshoot. The sock idea works but it literally traps everything so it if I don't keep it clean it dries up probably crusts over and then we get a hard rain and I have water backing up. When I winterize the barrels there is very little sediment, so the sock works, perhaps too well. Even with high functioning gutter guards there is alot that gets transported to the filter. The water in my barrels stays pretty clean, I don't treat with anything and rarely do they smell even with long droughts. That said I'm not sure you could ever cost justify drinkable rainwater. You would need a multi-stage filtration and purification process, to guard against ecoli from birds, algea etc.. I have never researched it but it seems your purification and disinfection process is in fact what would need to be robust and thus likely expensive. Good luck with your build.

    As far as a tool I have found that channel locks combined with a crescent wrench is the special tool to extract the bung. In answer to your question I think I drilled it in place, I have since had to make repairs when the wind blew over in the winter and busted the plumbing, so I removed them then. I think my original thinking was to not disturb the factory seal, since upside downt this could be a leak point. The most important thing is after drilling to use a brass or galvanized male piece to sort of tap in and out back and forth to cut in some good threads before the PVC.

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