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My normal service range is from Santa Monica to San Diego but I have installed copper gutters and rainwater harvesting systems in California, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Rwanda.
I have a small but national customer base through my gutter products website @ www.abraingutters.com where I offer rare items such has handmade weather vanes and hand carved and custom family crests for gates cast in aluminum or bronze. Through my websites you can gain knowledge, order products, beautify your home or help grow your business.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Special Projects


The new Provo Temple has bronze gutter and downspout brackets supplied by our company.






We have been involved with some pretty awesome projects. Some, like the Provo Temple above, we supplied the hand crafted decorative hangers for the downspouts and gutters.  We have three arms to our company; Rain Water Systems is a water conservation business combining gutters, cisterns and landscaping. A.B. Raingutters installs wild and elaborate copper gutter systems and A.B. Companies supplies specialty hardware to other companies, like Utah Tile and Roof who is doing the roof and gutters on the temple. 

 How do we make the hangers and cast the metal?



We use a sand casting method where an impression is made in a heavy oil sand and the liquid metal is poured in to fill the void. I use different foundries for different size orders and can make original one-off items or reproduce historical hardware and brackets. Many of the weather vanes I make are carved in wood and then cast in bronze. It's fun and artistic and a super niche market as sweat shop imports sell for 1/10th of my handcrafted pieces.

Some project  highlights:

The Paradise Garden Rain Water Harvesting project. Nestled in a quiet corner of Trabuco Canyon was this magical horse property.





I got invited to Hawaii to install some copper gutters by the owners of The Castle in Hawaii. Hopefully the island Gods steer the lava away as the cottage I put the gutters on and the castle are currently at risk.

One of the oddest locations I got to work was a movie set. It was for a Christmas special. The script involved this guy running up these ornate gutters. So, a facade was erected, I did my thing, they faux weathered and aged them and the scene was shot. The whole street was there and gone in three days on the Disney Ranch n. of Los Angeles.




The Long Beach City College
I did all the copper gutters and re did the spheres and weather vane. It was almost nine feet tall and I was pleased to hear onlookers say they thought it was an original. This was the project that got me making weather vanes as I could not buy one big enough that was similar to the sketch the designer made. So...I made it from wood carvings and copper sheet metal.

I was lucky and got invited to do two large homes in Las Vegas. Good times were had by all.

One of my clients is Andrew Merrick of Aquatech Raingutters. He installed brackets and leaderheads on the " Baby Dell " that I produced. It's on Coronado Island and the ornate hardware has never looked better.


Paradise Gardens was on one of the most beautiful properties I had ever seen. There were raised garden beds fed by rain water. The lady was a sweet as any one I had dealt with in my career. Definitely the most beautiful rain barrel ever;


Lastly; the systems in Rwanda. Using my skills I was able to be blessed by turbo charging the rain water harvesting program through No Thirsty Child.



I'm heading back on October 15th 2014 to expand the team in to North and East Rwanda. This is a volunteer mission depending on donations for project funds. As you can see from here, we have a long way to go.

One of those inspirational quotes I like; " Keep calm and walk through the fire".


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

General info about rain Water Harvesting


Links listed here will help provide knowledge about rain water harvesting.

I am pleased to be amongst the leaders of Rain Water Harvesting in Southern California. Please take a moment and review part of my portfolio of completed projects.

Check it out here.

Please view The Cycle of Insanity video. When I show people this video and explain how much water they can collect their jaws drop. The way we manage our resources is insane. Harvesting rainwater is an easy and realistic way to conserve water in Los Angeles. There is plenty of rain. If one thousand feet of roof area were collected in Los Angeles that would yield 8,700 gallons per year with our average of 14" per year.
Rain water harvesting combined with grey water systems and Xeriscape Gardening can reduce outdoor watering to zero.
TO SEE THE AVERAGE YEARLY RAINFALL IN YOUR CALIFORNIA CITY, CLICK HERE.


Number geeks and grid techs may enjoy this, but when I meet with a client the first thing I ascertain is how much space they have for above ground storage. Below ground is an option, but generally costs triple and involves permits from the government. Sometimes we can capture waste water from the clothes washer or water filters ( gray water ) and run that into the same cisterns that collect the rainwater and run a line back into the house to power a toilet.

One of those questions we must ask ourselves is why are we flushing human waste down the drain with potable water?


Drought

Many parts of the United States are in (or are about to enter) a drought period, facing possible water restrictions. The government will use the excuse of a drought, real or imagined, to raise your water rates. In February 2009, the Governor of California ordered that mandatory water rationing and mandatory reductions in water use may be introduced. Governor Schwarzenegger called for a statewide water reduction of 20%. I suspect that even after the record snows and rains of 2010-2011 the buzz will be that there is a drought. If you take the time to watch the video above you will see that the real problem is lack of planning and knowledge about water conservation.

One of the things you can do is STOP PAYING THEM FOR WATER THAT YOU OWN, THAT FLOWS OFF YOUR PROPERTY.
Rain tanks, or rain barrels, collect fresh rain water from the home roof and store it for times of drought. Modern rain tanks are sealed from light, animals and vegetable matter so the water stays clean for months.

Proponents of global warming warn that weather patterns are already changing and traditional rainfall levels are expected to drop in many areas.
Green Living

Green living is now becoming a way of life for a majority of Americans. People are conscious of their 'carbon footprint' and are seeking methods to reduce the future impact on the environment and climate. 20% of California's power consumption is used to collect, transport and treat water.

In areas of major urbanization the environment is suffering from increased run-off that cannot soak naturally into the ground. As a result, aquifers are not filling at a rate fast enough to restore their pre-urban levels.
Saving Clean Water For Drinking

Water is a limited resource and the cost of its supply is certain to rise in the next few years. Most major water collection and distribution projects in California were completed over fifty years ago and no new major rainwater catchment projects are planned. Water restrictions are nothing new in California, but since the last major drought in the early 1990s, the state's population has grown by 9 million to a total of 38 million. In a press conference on March 12, 2009 the governor plainly stated that, with increased demand and limited supply, Californians can expect to pay more for water in the future.

But why use good drinking water on the garden or to flush toilets? Over 40% of water supplied to most suburban households is used on the garden. This is not the best use of a product processed for human consumption. Besides, most plants enjoy the slightly acidic and soft qualities of rainwater.

Bushman rainwater harvesting tanks maintain a high quality of rain water with gutter guards, insect filters and first flush devices that divert the first rains of the season to the drain. All tanks are opaque and do not allow the growth of algae. Tanks are made or lined with food grade quality polyethylene.
Design

You can easily find a water tank on the web today made for agricultural or commercial customers. These tanks are generally too large for residential use and typically come in black, white and dark green. Bushman specializes in slimline tanks that fit under the eaves of the house and come in over six color choices.

Alternatively you can pick-up a rain barrel at the local nursery. While these may look great under a downpipe in your garden, they typically store no more than 60 gallons, which is inadequate for most garden sizes. We recommend a minimum of 300 gallons of storage, purpose built to collect and store clean rainwater. Also beware of recycling old plastic containers to rain barrels as they may have been used to transport harsh chemicals for their original purpose and could leech poorer quality plastic.

Because of contamination on the roof the first volume of rain should be diverted from the storage tank.
Detailed information on First Flush Devices can be found here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rainwater Harvesting for Developing Countries ( on Kindle )

The manual I put together based on our work in Rwanda is being relocated from my blog to Kindle so that we might use the proceeds to assist with more projects in Rwanda.
Please purchase your copy today.
Get the ebook here.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Local Restaurants; Grow Your Own Herbs!

There is no better tasting herbs and salads than organic, locally grown edibles. Very few restaurants have zero space to grow herbs outside. Most chains load their green space up with water abusive lawns and tropical vegetation. Why not consider growing fresh herbs and salads on the grounds of the eatery?
It's a growing trend. It's green. It's fresh and it can give your establishment an edge over the competition.
What if we enlarged the scope of our operation to install and maintain organic herb gardens at local restaurants? We have a network with local garden consultants such as Bruce Stephens that could provide knowledge and assistance. I can imagine that the staff at restaurants are too busy to maintain these gardens, but the idea is sound.
A Boston eatery grows fresh herbs seasonally using drip irrigation.

" Fresh culinary herbs have become an important part of southern California's cuisine. Restauranteurs are interested in enhancing the flavor of foods without increasing the foods' caloric, sugar, salt, and cholesterol contents. Local restaurants have led the way in developing and popularizing the use of fresh herbs. This shift to natural flavor enhancers is in keeping with today's lifestyle of healthier, lighter meals. "

Some interesting facts from a 1991 California University Survey;
A minority of restaurants (15.6%) would like to attempt to grow most of their fresh herbs.






Asian restaurants' median weekly purchase (3.8lb. and $37.50/week, both summer and winter) is less than for all other restaurant types. Mediterranean restaurants' expenditure on fresh herbs exceeds that of all other restaurant types ($200.00/week, summer and winter). Mediterranean restaurants purchase a median quantity of 11 lb/week year-round, or spend about $10,000 annually on just fresh herbs.

San Diego and Southern California have an ideal growing climate year round and get more rain than is commonly believed. With the growing trend of shunning GMO crops and favoring locally grown organic food
it seems like common sense to incorporate this practice and make it part of the marketing approach.
Imagine, fresh herbs and salads, grown onsite and irrigated with rain and reclaimed water.
We envision roof top container gardens providing fresh edibles in downtown locations. Patio seating lined with herbs that are harvested daily and consumed and used as garnish. There are attractive architectural designs that can do more than consume space; they can produce food!


With the super expensive water rates why not divert some of the rinse water into a tank and use it to water the edibles between rains? We not allow us to create and maintain edible container gardens in patio seating areas? In this challenging economy I am always seeking paths to revenue streams and this idea came to me as I thought about genetically modified foods, organics and the tough times many small restaurants face as people flock to chains. All businesses need an edge. Grow yours.
Link to California University study: http://californiaagriculture.ucanr.org/landingpage.cfm?article=ca.v045n01p4&fulltext=yes 








Monday, March 11, 2013

Rain Tax?

Believe it or not a battle to stop a " rain tax " is going on just past the Orange Curtain to our direct North. A plan to charge as much as one dollar per gallon of storm water run off is being proposed by the county of Los Angeles. A parking lot of a Walmart exceeds 100,000 square feet, which yields 62,400 gallons per inch of rain. If they were not regulating their rainwater runoff to official guidelines that parking lot would generate $624,000.00 a year in fines based on an average rain year in Southern California.
It's as crazy as North Korea announcing recently that they were going to nuke us.
Apparently governments act by threatening as much force as you could imagine, say a nuke, or a dollar per gallon rain tax. Can education stop this aquaclypse?
Instead of threatening business killing taxes to penalize what is essentially poor civic engineering, why not spend money promoting changes in landscape designs that funnel the storm water back into the ground, instead of along to our oceans, full of cigarette butts, garbage and a toxic tea of urban runoff?
Educating landscape architects to work in coordination with civic engineers to totally rethink rainwater and storm water management combined with common sense funding would both spur an economic boom and help solve the problem of urban runoff and ground water depletion. By having construction companies cut bio-swales into streets and curbs in existing infrastructure, million of gallons of water will revert back where it belongs, which is in the ground. Making education about the benefits and capabilities of rainwater harvesting part of government spending will help make rain and grey water use widespread. I believe it should be even mandated in new construction.
If Los Angeles is able to pass any type of a rain tax other cities will follow their lead.
Any new tax, fine or operating cost placed on businesses will be passed on to consumers, or the businesses will cease to exist because they cannot pay the increased demands of the state. The government is saying, " now you got this nice company here, we gotta tax you for the water tax runs down our street when it rains. "
I mean, shouldn't they just follow Arizona's lead and get serious about rainwater harvesting?
Rainwater harvesting isn't just about rain barrels, its about the way cities manage storm water. The civic engineers created urban environments where water is not allowed to soak into the ground. The government agencies signed off on it and now they want to tax us for what is essentially ignorance about the way rainwater should be managed.
The system we have depletes the aquifers, which allows salt water from our nearby ocean to seep in, which makes the plants not grow, which makes food more expensive.  
If only I could get people to watch this video. It would help to end The Cycle Of Insanity, and perhaps lead people to consider having a Rainwater System on their home.


The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water from Surfrider Foundation on Vimeo.

Supporting links;
http://www.altadenablog.com/2013/03/superviso.html
 http://www.lacountycleanwater.org/

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Home Of The Future

The ideal home of the future, especially in Southern California will be a micro-infrastructure.


The electricity will be provided for by the Sun, and the roof and home will yield enough water to provide for all the exterior water usage. The land not occupied by our homes will either not consume, or it will provide food for our families and neighborhoods

Native vegetation is drought resistant and attracts wildlife like hummingbirds and butterflies.


The time for the ideal of the future is now.

Southern California just got hit by a water balloon, and it burst upon impact. The water supply for FOUR MILLION PEOPLE for a year just evaporated. “In the span of 92 days, we lost out on water that could have been used to supply more than four million people for an entire year. That’s a huge amount of water,” said State Water Contractors General Manager Terry Erlewine.



The ideal home of the future would be built on a raised foundation, such as in this example; 

 All the homes downspouts would lead into a cistern, that was built into the foundation of the home. The entire footprint of the home would be a cistern and the grey water from the home would be filtered before feeding into the storage. Post cistern filtration would be used to render the water potable for use in showers or for cooking and a city water feed would top off the cistern between rains. Solar panels would array the roof producing most of the homes electricity needs and the majority of the landscaping would be edible food gardens or xeriscaped or artificial grass.
In an ideal situation there would be an informal organization in each neighborhood where people discussed what edibles would be grown and how to share the food because as we all know when there is a garden, even a small one, it usually provides more food that can be eaten by one family, so having a co-op of sorts would build up the communities by getting people talking and working together. Such a neighborhood would pay little to nothing for produce, it would help to decentralize food production and the citizens would have fun!

Part of the impact in the story about the water cuts is that it will have a big impact on new home construction in Southern California because if there is no water, there can be no new building. With no construction, the economy can never fully recover. It is socially responsible to not let the water from your roof go to waste. Rain water harvesting is not just a fad or trend; it is a requirement for growth.
Wide spread use of rain water harvesting systems in San Diego and other parts of California will free up potentially billions of gallons of water per year, allowing for economic recovery and growth.

Call us today to schedule a FREE consultation. 



Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rain Water System Package Deal



This 1,320 gallon tank kit with rainhead debris filter, first flush device, level gage,  pump and fittings is only $2,200.00 with shipping, anywhere in California. A solar version of the pump is available for an extra $40.00.

You will save time and money buy purchasing this complete set up. The tank size can be scaled up or down from 205 through 2,850 gallons. Over the course of hundreds of installations of rainwater harvesting systems we have gotten our custom first flush devices down and replicable. The accessories of these kits can be shipped inside of the tanks and would freight from the Bushman factory in Temecula California.

1,100 gallon  tank package, $2,000.00


Our First Flush Devices can be placed at each downspout or next to the tanks when they are placed away from the house. They are designed to help prevent sediment from reaching the tanks. They feature a cleanout and a fully adjustable drain that is ready to have a garden hose attached to drain the first flush water away from the foundation or to be used to water plants.


The accessories kit has everything you need to use the tank right away and to be ready to daisychain additional tanks. The number one complaint I hear of folks purchasing tanks from other companies is that they then have to spend hours and days chasing down the misc. fittings.



I can match any wholesalers price on tanks that are f.o.b ( picked up by the customer ) in Temecula.