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Family Handyman DIY Tip of the Day: Inexpensive Wet Basement Solution. Sloping the soil away from the house will take care of the problem most of the time. Firmly pack clay soil around the foundation, with at least a 4-in. slope over the first 4 ft. Place 6-mil black plastic over the soil and cover it with landscape rock. Install 4- to 6-ft. gutter extensions to your downspouts to direct water farther away from your foundation.
I've been looking at our rain water barrel which has been staring back at me for the past couple of years. It's such an eye sore in our tiny urban garden. Practical and environmental, but oh so ugly. When I mentioned that I really disliked its look the other day, the kids yelled at the same time: "LET'S PAINT IT!!!!!"
12 Genius Rainwater Collection Tips – Yes You Need Them! — If you’re homesteading or prepping, you already know that securing a dependable source of water can be a challenge. When you’re off the grid, or getting ready for the day that we’re all off the grid, Collecting rainwater is a great option, and Survival Life has several tips on safe, efficient ways to do this.