I’ve had a day working at home, waiting for a plumber to attend to a dripping tap. It seems like a very minor thing but it’s taken us months to get round to sorting it. Finally, the plumber has worked his magic and we no longer have the drip. In the mean time, I have been suffering endless guilt at all the water that has been wasted while we failed to get round to this apparently simple household maintenance task.
To assuage some of that guilt and to get out of the house, I made a little trip to our local DIY store this evening. I came home with a length of guttering and some fiddly bits to fix the guttering to the shed on the allotment so that we can install a water butt. I’ve already fixed similar guttering for water butts to the two sheds in the garden, following the very helpful advice in one of my handy garden books (Practical Allotments, by Paul Wagland Guild of Master Craftsmen, 2009):
I’ve had this book for a good few years. It differs from most of my gardening manuals because it is really a DIY book, giving lots of useful tips for making raised beds, things to grow plants up, and how to fix guttering to a shed. Paul Wagland’s advice is helpful, the main tip being to check that the whole thing works by pouring water into it. Must remember to take some water with me to the allotment to check that bit when I get round to it.
Despite my skills at gutter fixing, my experience with water butts in the garden has been a little mixed, with the first two freezing solid one very hard winter, cracking round the edges and becoming quite useless. Photo here of the effects of excessive ice – and you can see the beautifully installed guttering at the top of the picture.
Despite the terrible waste from the dripping tap, water will be saved.