I picked up one of the rain barrels at the YVR City sale weekend before last and have a few questions.
All my gutter drains go right to the ground so I bought a diverter from Lee Valley
1) So it looks like I'll need to cut our a section of the downspout to install the diverter, what's the best tool to cut the downspout and not make a mess of it?
2) A friend had concerns about the safety of using a rain barrel, especially if you have asphalt shingles on the roof in relation to hydrocarbon and other toxic run off from the singles. I did ask the rep from the company selling the barrels at the city event, but the response I got back was akin to: we've never heard any problems like that so you should be fine.
Any thoughs from the VHS crew? Would you drink water from your rain barrel in addition to watering your food garden with it?