Strong UV resistant polyethylene construction. 4 ft. industrial strength tubing included. Fits all 2 x 3 in. downspouts. Sets up in about 5 minutes.
As a mechanical engineer, I loved the design of this when I first saw it. The diverter does not just take all of the water from your downspout, but provides overflow security for times when the rain is too heavy, when leaves and sediment fall, and for when your barrel is full. In these occasions, the water simply continues down the remaining downspout as if the diverter weren't there. The unit is also two pieces, which makes it easy to clean, maintain and service, if necessary.
Installation is very simple, you cut a section out of the downspout and replace it with the diverter. This does mean that both sides of the downspout need to be supported, so if you don't have brackets on the bottom half of the downspout, you will need them. The only thing that I did not like about the unit is in the installation. The top piece of the diverter runs on the outside of the downspout, but the bottom of the diverter plugs into the lower half of the downspout. This leaves the cut edge of the downspout exposed. This is unsightly and potentially dangerous with sharp metal edges. I would love to see a redesign with a small lip to cover the cut edge. At that point, the unit would be perfect.
As to effectiveness, we've had our barrel out in the rain for a few months through hurricanes Irene and Lee, and only managed to amass a few inches deep of water. After installing the diverter, the next morning we had a very heavy rain, but only for about 15-20 minutes. Out of curiosity, we checked the rain barrel to see if we captured any, and the entire barrel was full.
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