Downpipe accessory – plug

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    • #276344
      MasterPlumbers
      Keymaster

      Anybody know of a product that can be fitted to a square downpipe so that it can be blocked and filled with water? We live in a bushfire prone area and have gutter guards fitted so access to the top of the gutters to manually shove something there to block the downpipe from draining is not possible. Appreciate any helpful product information blahblah794@hotmail.com

    • #293959
      Retired plbg1
      Participant

      I checked around and could not find any sq. plugs only metal ones for downsputs. You might try a rubber blowup test plug and maybe put putty in corners and see if that will do what you want, if you want to plug bottom what you going to do about the joints, I get you are talking about sheet metal downspouts.

    • #293960
      jomeister
      Participant

      Need Help.You could have tired plbg. come over to your house and stick his square head in the down spout.Putty a downspout? I would hate to see how you did plbg.Probably string packing,couplings ,putty,etc

    • #293961
      robertgf
      Participant

      square head you’re brutal, lol

    • #293962
      oscar
      Participant

      Not only is it square,it has a point on the top so the dunce hat won’t fall off

    • #293963
      Selgas
      Participant

      Where bouts in the World are you at?



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    • #293964
      Selgas
      Participant

      While you are at it why in the World would you need to have the downpipes blocked full of water – you have worked out how much/volume of water they actually hold? yea of course you have and it ain’t much huh – so why all the hassle?



      Selgas Services Ltd
      Craftsman Gasfitters, Plumbers, Electrical Service Technicians

    • #293965
      Robert Stephen Morton
      Participant

      Peter. Tut Tut. A few clues. the poster called the gutters – gutters & not spouting & the downpipes – downpipes not storm drains & they call them bushfires, they obviously speak english cause they write it in english.
      Now you only get three guesses!
      They also didnt seem to have a yanky accent.
      Bob

    • #293966
      aquaticau
      Participant

      Just a wild guess, but I’d say QUEENSLANDER!!!!!!!!

    • #293967
      Selgas
      Participant

      Bob

      Point taken lol I need go no further – it figures huh?



      Selgas Services Ltd
      Craftsman Gasfitters, Plumbers, Electrical Service Technicians

    • #293968
      bungie
      Participant

      You will need to set the gutter guard so that it can be lifted above the downpipes.

      Make a box, 3mm smaller in each direction than the downpipe drop in the gutter, and about 120mm deep. around the top edge (the open end of the box) you need a lip around it about 6mm (matching the lip around the drop. Under this lip you will need to glue 10mm thick foam rubber.

      God forbid the bush fires come, peel back the gutter guard and drop the box into the top of the downpipe. fill with water, the weight of the water inside the box will pull it down on the foam and seal between the gutter and it. Your gutters should now fill with water.

      Now, what gutters do you have ?? Quad or square sloted ?? Water weighs one kilogram per litre. 1m of gutter the water would weigh about 12 kilograms. A 50 linial metre guttered house would have 600 odd extra kilograms hanging off of it. Quad with spike brackets might hold, square or quad with concealed brackets most probably will not.

      My thoughts any way



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      » This message has been edited by bungie on 18 February 2003

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