We wanted to reroute more gutters to the rain garden but I didn't want to do anything permanent until we'd really tested whether it could handle so much more water. My first thought was a racquetball over the downspout hole (I don't know) but Greg didn't have one, despite the fact that he owns every piece of sporting equipment ever.
But a measuring cup worked. Don't laugh.
Believe it or not, this is effectively blocking that downspout and the water is now dumping into the rain garden (which is now filling a lot faster). I can watch it during heavy rain and see if it's in danger of overflowing. If the extra rain overflows or overwhelms the rain garden, I can just yank the measuring cup out of the gutter and take the pressure off.
And if it continues to work we can have that downspout removed professionally. And I own three measuring cup sets so I should survive without this one. Everyone wins! Now stop laughing.
Who's laughing? "Make do with what you've got" practicality is an art form.ReplyDelete
The best part is that no one can see my bandaid!
Hahahahahaha...you're not alone. There is a weird junction in our gutters right above our front steps...it always used to drip on our heads...like every time we'd go down the steps. I won't tell you what we used to fix it. It's definitely NOT an old t-shirt ;-)ReplyDelete
I love this! We actually only have one set of measuring cups and currently the 1/2 cup measure is used for measuring out dog food. We haven't missed it in a year, though, so I guess we're okay. :) This is brilliant! Your garden looks so awesome.ReplyDelete
Thank you! The garden really looks sad and sloppy right now. Greg's parents came over yesterday and I was so embarrassed--like we'd been caught with a sink full of dirty dishes.ReplyDelete