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Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged [Paperback]

Suzy Banks , Richard Heinichen

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Nov. 21 2005

This handbook is cute, funny and smart - smart enough to teach almost anyone how to install a personal rainwater collection system. It covers the entire works, from determining how much rainwater you'll need, to troubleshooting a problem pump, hanging gutters, the importance of check valves, how big a micron is, and how to disinfect your rainwater without the use of chemicals. Beautifully produced, it is packed with drawings and photographs to make rainwater harvesting a snap for the do-it-yourselfer.


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About the Author

Suzy Banks writes for Texas Monthly Magazine and other publications.

Richard Heinichen owns and operates Tank Town, which specializes in installing rainwater catchment systems.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny & HELPFUL Aug. 4 2006
By Jeffrey Harrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Simple, straight forward, very useful, but lacking in the elegance that some may require. Enjoyed it throughly and recommend it.

This book will help understand some of the ways that you can collect rainwater without over powering your brain. It will also help you to think out side the box, or perhaps in it if you don't mind getting wet.

One of the clearest, funniest and most useful books on rainwater.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I read it sooner! Jan. 30 2009
By B. Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
So I have been installing rainbarrels for a while now and now I am installing more and more cisterns with pumps and filtration. I started back in 2001 and in 2005 I started my own business. There is no apprenticeship program to do this work. It is just learn as you go. I really wish I had gotten this book back when I first started. It is packed with great info and advice. Some of it I have since learned on my journey and a quite a few bits of info were still new to me. If you are doing serious research for a paper, get the Eric Nissen- Peterson book. It is a very dense book full of great info and it has installation instructions for rainwater in less developed locations. If you want a book that will give you all of the practical info for installing a rainwater system in the US I highly recommend Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged. Art Ludwig's book is good also. Good luck.
Harvest The Sky
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have >18" annual precip., get this book! May 12 2009
By Kyle B. - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent explanation of how to build a rooftop rain collection system, plus great writing & illustration style. The book is both comprehensive & understandable. With only 10" of annual precipitation, we would need a gigantic collection area and storage tank. Nevertheless, I count this book among the top 100 independence books in my library. Another way to have a great independent water system is known as the "Raney well" if you have wet soils near a creek/river nearby. It is basically a reverse drainfield. It collects, instead of distributing. Because the creek water is filtered, cysts and bacteria are removed. This book explains how a reverse osmosis system works. If you have to use a creek, lake or shallow well for your water supply you might consider an RO system. It might be a better choice than a deep well if the grid goes down.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential for rainwater Sept. 23 2007
By Pasquale Pizzichetti - Published on Amazon.com
I am satisfied with it and I learned enough on rainwater collection systems. Pictures are in sufficient quality, but sometimes they are poor. Informations given are useful overall to whom needs drinkable water. Pasquale from Portogruaro (VE- Italy)
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for areas with true winter weather June 17 2010
By Kathleen Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading all the positive reviews, I bought a copy in hopes of learning how to set up a rainwater collection system for a house in Montana. While the book was entertaining and very informative on how to build and use a rainwater collection system, the information was totally geared towards mild climates with no real winter. The author, from Texas, admits she has no experience with winter climate and the only advice she gives is to drain your pipes and head for Tobago. Not exactly helpful. All the gutter drains and storage tanks in their systems are external and above ground. This is totally unworkable in a climate like mine that has below freezing weather for 5 months (or more) out of the year. I would think that a little research on her part would yield solutions for winter climate, and I can't imagine why she didn't take the time to do this. Since she didn't, the title and description should have made it clear that the book is for warm weather locales only.

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