43 thoughts on “Anchoring Our Off Grid Rainwater Harvesting Surface

  1. An awesome DIY video course I did with Joe from Homesteadonomics on installing a culvert cistern.
    http://diyhp.co/culvert

  2. Turning the blocks on the side reduces the load they can hold. I dont think it will be an issue for this project but just a word of caution.

  3. "i could easily bury a body in there" WTF DUDE! hahahaha… we know where to look when people go missing now 🙂

  4. The wire will slice right through that buried cinder block if the wind puts enough force on the roof. The $14 anchors would have been safer.

  5. I hate to say this but I'm pretty certain your anchors are going to fail and sooner rather than later. You placed that cable in places where it will abrade the wood and the blocks and if you think that cable wont split the fuck out of your 2×4, especially along the grain like it is…well you should think further. I recommend regular close inspections of these areas.

  6. All very cool stuff you’re doing here thanks for sharing it
    with us on Youtube! I’m no expert but I have seen the power of Arizona monsoon
    storms they are awesome for sure. All that easy digging is because you are
    kinda in a sand wash.. I would maybe look into building a berm to deflect the
    water flow away from structures. Maybe your neighbor to the north can help you
    out with some ideas. B-)

  7. Good Idea on the rainwater harvesting surface system; something to think about for anyone else thinking about using this great method. Instead of utilizing the wire rope clips and 1/8th inch wire rope to secure the frame to the cinderblocks, I would recommend utilizing 1/4" x 3.75" tapcon screws. Futhermore, I would also recommend a pre-filtering (utilizing a 55 gallon drum used as a first flush diverter) near the on-ground roof rain collector.

  8. how do you guys afford to do all of this.. do you guys have jobs??really interested in doing this myself.. I enjoy both of your guys videos

  9. Regarding your weight loss plan, 30 pounds in 30 days seems excessive; as opposed to the recommended 2 pounds per week. I understand weight lost to quickly, returns just as quick.

  10. Instead of letting critters move in, maybe put chicken wire around the perimeter. You could also consider skirting around the perimeter to both help with wind and critters. Just a thought.

  11. I would attach those burried cinder bloks to some of the cinderbloks that were not already tied en attach frame and cinderblok both to the ankers. Drilling a hole in your frame is a weaker connection. Love the idea of this project.

  12. Anchor for rain roof (=) deadman. So there may just be a body in that hole. I probably would have used the box blade for the berms.

  13. Anchor for rain roof (=) deadman. So there may just be a body in that hole. I probably would have used the box blade for the berms. I understand the feelings about the treatment of mass produced meat. I would stand with you on that. That's why I hunt though. Those animals you see running wild are mostly paid for by hunters here in the US. I love the channel. please keep shooting film. I'm starting my first solar system. I also garden in the city and enjoyed the introduction to the Vegan Athlete. I only plant things I can eat. Thanks bro. Can't wait to see more. Peace!

  14. Anchor for rain roof (=) deadman. So there may just be a body in that hole. I probably would have used the box blade for the berms. I understand the feelings about the treatment of mass produced meat. I wild stand with you on that. That's why I hunt though. Those animals you see running wild are mostly paid for by hunters here in the US. I love the channel. please keep shooting film. I'm starting my first solar system. I also garden in the city and enjoyed the introduction to the Vegan Athlete. I only plant things I can eat and seeing how his system was awesome. Especially after taking plant science in college. After visiting a lab where GMO corn was designed I was able to see first hand how GMO was going to actually work. I mean, corn should not glow in the dark. Right? yeah, I seen it made though. Genes from jelly fish were placed in corn. Thanks bro. Can't wait to see more. Peace!

  15. Anchor for rain roof (=) deadman. So there may just be a body in that hole. I probably would have used the box blade for the berms. I understand the feelings about the treatment of mass produced meat. I wild stand with you on that. That's why I hunt though. Those animals you see running wild are mostly paid for by hunters here in the US. I love the channel. please keep shooting film. I'm starting my first solar system. I also garden in the city and enjoyed the introduction to the Vegan Athlete. I only plant things I can eat and seeing how his system was awesome. Especially after taking plant science in college. After visiting a lab where GMO corn was designed I was able to see first hand how GMO was going to actually work. I mean, corn should not glow in the dark. Right? yeah, I seen it made though. Genes from jelly fish were placed in corn. Thanks bro. Can't wait to see more. Peace!

  16. Nice job. I would have double the thickness where u tied the wire on the 2×4. So the less chance of the wood breaking in half.

  17. I very interested in seeing the piping part because I see all that metal surface area and it seems like there will be a lot of evaporation that would occur along the route. So can't wait to see how I'm an idiot and wrong. because that's pretty much my thing. 😀

  18. The start of this video!!! Seriously, thank for making these videos and putting your life out there. It can't be easy having people comment and think they know better after watching a 15 minute video.

    Also if you're looking for sponsorship I think Roybi likes to sponsor youtubers.

  19. whenever folks say young people are lazy af, I refer them to these videos like I actually know this couple 😃

  20. Awesome videos. I subscribed. I gotta say your making me jealous this Southern Ontario weather sucks it's been snowing and cold lol.

  21. For the weights involved two or three wraps of bailing wire would do and a lot cheaper. I know you are not an engineer, so the lifting coefficient for 2k sqft of roof exceeds the blocks weights and the strength of the screws you used. Even peripheral sand anchors will not be sufficient. You need an anchor at each corner of every 100sqft.

  22. While I fully expect that practically no one is going to understand me on this channel, I feel compelled to be candid and say this rain roof project is just utterly misguided. It makes no sense ecologically, financially, or structurally. I chalk the whole thing up to the folly of youth. The builder has no training to operate heavy machinery. He doesn't know basic structural principles for either dimensional lumber nor concrete block. He knows nothing about foundations nor anchoring structures. It's all ad hoc and making it up while he builds, buying things he doesn't need for a design that shouldn't be built. My biggest fear is that someone is going to get injured by this thing. My next biggest fear is that someone else is going to think this is the way to do it and the mistakes get propagated out into the world.

    No one's asking my opinion, but here it is anyway. I'd dismantle the whole thing, use the lumber and blocks for another project, and look at 2 options. I know I am fighting an uphill battle on a video with 700 likes, but bear with me. So let me start by saying my homestead has 18,000 gallons of cistern storage filled by rain and snow melt in an area with 12" annual precipitation. My system has been operational for 16 years.

    Ecologically miguided. This land is near Benson AZ. It's a sparsely populated area sitting atop a huge aquifer that is fed by the surrounding mountains. The water table is stable. This project has razed about 1/10th of an acre of a fragile ecosystem for what reason? Because somehow using rainwater is more ecological than groundwater? Well not really the case where this project is located. It would be less impactful to dig a well and use the aquifer which is not fossil water at all, just rain water that infiltrated recently right nearby geologically speaking. Maybe there's no budget to drill a well, but my sense is that there's money to do just about whatever idea they come up with. Further, the project is using a lot of wood and concrete, two materials with big ecological footprints. These materials are completely unnecessary to build an impervious surface, if that continues to be what you decide to do. A well would impact about a 100 square feet plus the tire tracks from the heavy equipment.

    Pest wildlife habitat. There's no thought as to how to keep this hollow 3000 square foot space from becoming occupied by all sorts of critters that will be a pain to manage. If you berm up then the animals will just dig through it. Even if you are able to berm it fully you have all the entrances from all the corrugations of the roofing material, perfectly sized entrances for snakes, mice, rats, etc. The mice will move in first and breed, attracting the snakes (venomous and otherwise) that feed on the mice. You will never be able to keep rodents from nesting under that structure. It will be a great place for a coyote den, too, who will want to eat the mice and rats. Then the bees and the wasps, etc.

    Financially misguided. This project spends money needlessly. If you want an impervious surface to catch runoff, slope the land with your box blade, berm up the edges, and lay something down like a pond liner (pricey), or some old billboard vinyl (probably free) or an old TPO roof (definitely free.) There's no need for the corrugated roofing material, the dimensional lumber, the fasteners, the anchors, nor the concrete block. To protect the liner from the sun and wind, put gravel over it. Put in a siltation basin and connect your 4" pipe to the top of that.

    Structurally misguided. Your 2x4s have little strength sideways. Your concrete blocks have little strength sideways. Your anchoring appears to be almost solely along the perimeter. You will have lift in the middle which will lead to failure. Flying roofing panels are a hazard.

    Please consider doing some course work or training in heavy equipment operation and safety, and some basic construction engineering. Or apprentice with people who have the expertise. Talk to some of the ranchers in the area who have rainfed cattle waterers. I imagine that a lot of this is going to fall on deaf ears, since you don't know what you don't know. Slowing down and showing your designs to qualified and experienced people and really taking in what they have to say could serve you well. Channel your enthusiasm into learning before doing.

  23. when you threw the cinder block into the deep hole all i could think about was the movie Old School hahahaha

  24. Berm around the "roof" after it is complete to prevent even the strongest winds from getting under it.

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