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Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter

After a year of sitting on it's side waiting for me to get around to installing it the water tank is finally up and as a bonus the rain came and filled it.

My 'organic' gutter garden with stuff growing in it before the mesh.

Putting the tank upright and a bit on how to use a tank efficently

My DIY first flush diverter with instructions and video

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Comment by Cres on August 24, 2019 at 10:10

Thanks guys. You're both on point. I haven't had to teeter on my sloping dirt to clean them out since they've been installed and the gutter guard is a fantastic solution that I highly recommend everyone implement on their houses, even if it's just for leaf litter as well as rainwater tank first filtration.

For others reading this, I do understand the root from which the immediacy of Evan's Madeira statements come from and I addressed it in an email to him. I loathe it with just as much intensity. So while there are some weeds like the Guinea Grass and Wandering Jew that I try finding a function for them while they're here, Madeira definitely is not one of them.

Unfortunately the Madeira in this neighbourhood will outlast me and so every photo I post will always have the cursed vine photo-bombing from somewhere in the yard, either in immediate view popping up trying to smother my fruit trees, or the masses that clamber like an undying zombie plant over the fences towards me. On the upside I hope this thread serves as a warning to others so that anyone reading this will learn more about it and attend to it unlike my neighbours from many years ago.

It truly is an infestation that will forever be my nemesis in this garden and a threat to our native forests.

Comment by Evan on August 24, 2019 at 8:01

Thanks Andrew.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 24, 2019 at 1:55

What a funny thing for you to say Evan.  I simply said the Madeira issue in the gutter was "sorted out."  I said nothing about the entire yard.  I also believe the gutter guard will probably stop it coming back - in the gutter. 

Now, here is a gentle warning Evan.... and I'll quote you.  "Play nicely."  This site does well because it remains positive.  These days, I don't have time to post as much as I used to.... but I continue to watch quite carefully.  

Comment by Evan on August 23, 2019 at 23:51

He also has visible twining Madeira in his garden area in other photos. It's definitely not sorted out, nor would many be able to ever say "I sorted that Madeira infestation out".

If they could, my hat goes off to them. They should write a book!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2019 at 10:57

Evan - Cres has sorted it out.  If you read the post, he was showing before and after he installed mesh over the gutters to stop exactly this kind of issue.  

Comment by Evan on August 23, 2019 at 9:48

That is Madeira in that gutter. You have a ethical requirement to sort that out.

Comment by Cres on September 1, 2014 at 10:36

With the exception of electrical and mains water/house plumbing I do all work myself around the house. Fortunately my setup didn't require underground pipes this time (Always happy for less digging) but a lot of people underutilise the height of their land so I included it in the graphic to show that you can place your tank in the high corner of your yard well away from your house without ugly pipes hanging in the air to get to it. Then let the overflow slowly feed your yard using natural or your created waterways.

Yes they were earthworms, but 10 years of poop and castings on feet of birds and possums could easily start a thriving community. I wish my yard soil was that nutrient dense!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 31, 2014 at 19:28

Sounds pretty good.  It's a way different take to what I'm familiar with - but seems like a pretty good idea. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 31, 2014 at 16:05

That stainless steel gutter guard is quite good stuff. I have it installed. We've a lot of trees at the back, mostly Eucalypts and while few of the bigger leaves get into the gutter, there's plenty of finer material which does. Gumnuts, stamens, bud caps, dust to the point where I needed the guttering flushed. Should have been cleaned probably before installation anyway, it's been done so most of the fine krud is gone. Given the amount of dust we get into the house, there's bound to be plenty of it in the gutters, too.

The first flush diverter turned out to be more trouble than it was worth here with it choking up every time it rained. I took it off although how much mud is at the bottom of the tanks, who knows.

Did you install that 'wet system' yourself? It's a neat system, I see them around a lot. Give some flexibility to where the tank can go.

Oh yes - were there earthworms in your aerial compost? :-O They 'turn up' in the weirdest places although gutters are the weirdest I've come across so far.

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