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Protecting downpipes

ivanptr
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Protecting downpipes

Not only once. But more than once , our downpipes were damaged by both former and current tenants with their careless use of line trimmers and mowers. Very frustrating.

 

We are planning to eradicate grass around the downpipe and put gravel to replace those grass , making it unnecessary to mow near the downpipes

 

(At this moment , on budget so can't pour concrete path)

 

So here's an idea we are thinking..:

1) Pluck all grass around the downpipe 

2) Put a weed mat over the dirt

3) The no-grass area will be like a circle surrounding the downpipe

4) Place an edging 

5) Put some gravel in

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However it's our first time doing things like this.

 

1) What kind of edging in Bunnings has holes allowing rainwater to drain away?

 

We found one:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/whites-350mm-x-10m-green-pvc-classic-garden-edging_p3321032

 

Is this edging suitable? 

 

2) What tools do we need to get from Bunnings to pin down + tie both ends of the edging?

 

We want to make them circles encircling our downpipes.

 

 

(Our mate suggests us to make  gravel path but that will be for later, as the perimeter around the house is not small. It will require more time and effort. Now we just want to start with smaller coverage first, multiple circles around those downpipes)

 

Thank you very much for any product recommendations.

Prawns
Super Contributor

Re: Protecting downpipes

x4 bricks (doesnt matter if they match colours)  and some cement?  Just drop a small amount of cement and make a border using the bricks, once dry render the bricks in cement and backfill with gravel?

Or cheat like i did, some bricks+liquid nails. I did this to protect my tap and I can lift the whole lot off as one piece lols. I knocked both these together pretty fast specifically for mower protection on the tap and irrigation pipe they were supposed to be temporary but sofar lasted 3 years or so. Just chucking another idea out there incase it helpssssss.JPG

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EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: Protecting downpipes

Hello @ivanptr

 

Thank you for sharing your question about how to protect your downpipe.

 

It's great that you've received excellent advice from @Prawns. Using bricks and mortar to protect your downpipe while lawnmowing is very practical. It is quick to assemble and does not require specialist tools to assemble. If damaged by the lawnmower, it is easy and cheap to replace. 

 

You may also make your own border using Bastion 20kg Premix Concrete. You will have to manually shape it using a Spreader & Jackson 175mm Pointing Trowel. Using the Whites PVC Garden Edging is not strong enough to protect your downpipe from the line trimmer and lawnmower.

 

Let me tag our experienced member @JDE for his suggestions.

 

Please keep us updated, we look forward to seeing your downpipe protector.

 

Eric

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Protecting downpipes

@Prawns Really like your idea of bricks and the hack of liquid nail. Did you use liquid nail on the dirt to stick the brick to the ground

 

Or only use the liquid nail to stick those bricks together?

 

From your photo the square brick formation seems to have some weight and able to withstand strong wind even there is no cement / liquid to adhere the bricks to the ground?!

 

 

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ivanptr
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Re: Protecting downpipes

Hi @EricL , as amateurs who haven't used cement at all, 

 

 

we wonder if adhesive/caulk/liquid nail can be good idea to substitute cement?

 

Like this product:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/selleys-415g-brick-and-concrete-sealant_p1230973

 

We are thinking to get 6 brick pavers:

https://www.bunnings.com.au/brighton-masonry-200-x-100-x-50mm-cream-mypave-paver_p3451475

 

Then use something to stick 6 of them together:

 

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Is this a good idea? Combined weight of 6 pavers (glued together) seem to be heavier, withstand the wind better , probably, won't need cement to adhere the pavers to ground?

 

Thank you for any advice, Eric 🙏

 

 

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EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: Protecting downpipes

Hello @ivanptr

 

Let me tag @Prawns so that they are made aware of your question. Yes, those materials you mentioned will work. However, I recommend using Selleys 415g Liquid Nails Landscape Stone Concrete Adhesive. It is an adhesive that will work for masonry. I agree that using the Brighton Masonry 200 x 100 x 50mm Cream Mypave Paver is much easier than working with cement. You can assemble it quickly and will save you time. Please make sure to give the adhesive a lot of time for it to cure properly. We would love to see an update once you've put it together.

 

We look forward to seeing your downpipe protector assembled.

 

Eric

 

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Prawns
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Re: Protecting downpipes

I didnt use any cement on the ground for my liquid nails brickwork - Simply dug a trench maybe half a inch deep to recess the brickwork into, and they just sit there directly in contact with the dirt (pretty easy hey :smile: )  (edit-Changed the video to one you could hear audio better hope it worked lols)

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ivanptr
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Re: Protecting downpipes

@Prawns @EricL , 

Hi Prawns and Eric , just want to bring you some good news about our work. Just want to say you guys are brilliants that the brickwork idea is much better than our imagination. Neat and sturdy. Doesnt even need to dig around the downpipes. The glued bricks are heavy!🙂

With these "brick shields", we dont need to worry about the line trimmer breaking the pipes anymore🤣

 

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Wholehearted thanks for Eric's great product recommendation and Prawn's amazing video showing how it can be done.😊

Cheers,
Ivan


 

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EricL
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Bunnings Team Member

Re: Protecting downpipes

Hello @ivanptr

 

Thank you so much for posting photos of your project. I'm sure our members will find this as a great way to protect their downpipes.

 

We look forward to seeing more.

 

Eric

 

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