Y’all know those down spout things that roll out when it rains and “sprinkles” the water away from your home’s foundation? Of course you do you have seen them in the junk I mean “specialty” catalogs. Well we bought a couple and have tried them out. Here’s the scoop, you slip them on the end of your downspout and use a twisty tie to secure them. Actually it was like an extra long bread tie. If the water falls in a light sprinkle they do not “roll” out and the water just kinda pools in them. But when it rains pretty good they do roll out great. And sadly when it stops raining they do not roll back up. You have to trudge outside and roll ‘em back up yourself. These unhandy things get to go in my – send to a second hand store – box and I sorta feel guilty about that.
And now jumping on to another product
Even though we have high humidity here, there are times (too often) that we are in drought, as I’m sure y’all go through too. This next item is something that can save you money and is environmental. We have been talking a while about solar power and all that “green” stuff, not really so much for the money it can save and not so much for any environmental reason but because when we get hurricanes we would have lights and refrigerators and precious air conditioning. Yes it is selfish but hey such is the life of humans. And here is an interesting thing to use at the bottom of your gutters. Big barrels, nothing new in that; they have been using these for years – forever – even. But these are nifty barrels, they hold 50 gallons. At the bottom of them they have a hose connection so your saved rain water can used on the yard or for you know watering plants. The top part has a handy little place to plant some little plants like herbs or whatever. And there is an over flow spout so your plants won’t get washed away. Oh and they look like terracotta. Now if you don’t like terracotta you can pick up some handy dandy spray paint, they make some now that works for plastic.
Now I can foresee possible problems with these barrels full of standing water. I believe mosquitoes will bred and thrive in them. So I bought some of those skeeter things you put in ponds and that should stop the problem before it starts. Now if it would only rain some.
So what do y’all do with the ends of your gutters / down spouts, if ya have ‘em?