Photograph by Eric Muhs


Image Save your tap water and let the rain in.

By Eric Muhs

I found several nice, free 55-gallon steel drums a few years ago. I used some of them as musical drums in Metal Men, a noisy, homemade instrument my friend John Hawkley and I made together. I gave another to students to make into a smoke ring generator.

The last two I made into a rain barrel system for collecting the runoff from my roof. Eventually I figured out the best use for them — flushing!

Catching the Rain

For my rain barrel system I removed ...

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