don’t water lawns. I consider it a waste of a precious
resource, and years of experience have taught me that
the grass will come back after a dry or hot spell.
do water our gardens, though, and I’ve just hooked up
a diverter to one of the garage downspouts that is
convenient to our raised beds, for both watering by hand
and setting up a drip-irrigation system.
attached two rain barrels to the diverter, and they
filled up in a few hours on one of May’s many rainy
diverter I chose closes automatically when the barrels
are filled, and whatever rain falls from then on is
directed into the splash block and away from the garage’s
are a number of diverter systems on the market. I’d
suggest checking them out online.
one I chose cost $33 with tax. Shipping was free.
different water issue. It has been a long time since I
wrote about water heaters. I did consider doing so a few
months ago, when my brother-in-law asked me to recommend
one to him.
Vasquez, of Middletown Township in Delaware County,
informs us that a neighbor was considering a tankless
water heater and says she and her husband picked up a
brochure about them at the home center.
have not installed a tankless unit at our house — why
mess with something that I maintain regularly and have
had no trouble with — so it might be interesting to
find out from those of you who have them what you think.
doesn’t matter if your tankless water heaters are
electric or gas, whole-house or on-point demand. Weigh
in and I’ll do a column or two.
poses another interesting question: How do you tell
whether you need a new heater before it develops
problems, "like a flooded finished basement?"
looks and acts brand new, although it is 10 years
old," she says.
on the manufacturer’s suggested service life, a water
heater is expected to last eight to 12 years, Lowe’s
a plumber check out that water heater might be a good
idea, just to be safe.