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I added more bricks and later a railing.









These iron railings are available at Lowes / Home Depot, but I bought them locally from an iron railing fabricator. They are "hot-dipped" galvanized to prevent rust. I used my angle grinder with a metal cut-off wheel to cut the metal railings to fit between the posts. To attach the railings into the posts, you insert an L-bracket into the railing then screw the L-bracket into the post.How did all this cost $300? The bricks were saved from the piles of construction debris and free for the asking. Here is another one of my rain-harvesting projects:

10 comments:

tina said...

You did an awesome job and overkill is always a good thing when you build something meant to last forever. This is quite a beautiful patio. The rain collection thing is ingenious. You should be very, very proud. Are you available in Tennessee?:) btw, the kiddos are cute. The one on the swing is enjoying outside so much, it is delightful.

Anonymous said...

Very cool project....hard to follow, seems like a lot of work, 4 55g drums would fill quickly (first rain) probably and the rest would overflow....seems like a lot of work to gather a small amount of water....

Anonymous said...

You said it cost around $300 to build - but it looks like the brick alone would cost more than that, not to mention "lots of concrete and rebar" as you say you used.

Chris the rainharvester: said...

The bricks *Would* cost more than $300. But they were going to a dump!! Believe me, there are lots of builders that throw them away and would love for you to remove them instead. You're right about a lot of work to store a little amount of water... BUT since I was building a patio anyway, I actually saved work by using barrels to take up volume instead of using rock. So I killed 2 problems with 1 solution.

Manuela Jelen said...

I'm impressed by how much thought you've put into this project. And, that's a lot of masonry work carried out, but I think it's worth all the effort. It must be very rewarding to stand on a patio where, underneath, there's a plan well executed!

Craig said...

I really love the look of a brick patios, and I've never even really seen it before. I have only ever really seen concrete, and brick looks so much better than that! What a brilliant idea though.

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Look like a lot of work but great job

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