Down Spout Diverter
by DKelly, published
I designed after hacking up my downspout for a rain barrel. It provides a way to divert the rain from the down spout to wherever. Designed to accomodate a standard 3" rain gutter.
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This project was designed using FreeCAD and the source files are included. Please forgive my naming conventions within the source, I am not a CAD person. Some minor sanding may be required to get the best fit and I am on hold to see how the printed plastic holds up to the weather.
To assemble: First clean up the support material from the housing print, pay close attention to the hinge pin hole. Then clean up the hinge pin itself. Test the fit to see that it turns freely in the housing. Pull out the hinge pin and test the fit of the diverter, the tab at the bottom should fit snugly in the slot on the hinge pin. Some glue here may be needed but don't glue it until you test all the fits and the hinge pin is in the housing. Test the fit on the hinge pin lever on the end of the hinge pin, it should fit snugly, here is where I found I needed the most trim work. Fit the hinge pin in the housing and fit the diverter into the slot. Test the movement of the diverter, is should move freely and rest at both ends. I toyed with the idea of adding a rubber flapper, maybe cut from an old inner tube to close up the gap at the top of the diverter. Clean up any trim in housing that may prevent the proper movement of the diverter. Glue up the diverter to the hinge pin. Attache the hingepin lever and you are done. I did have to trim up the downspout to get a good fit and drilled holes for screws to secure the downspout diverter to downspout but installation took less than an hour.
Took me longer to patch up my original hack job on the downspout before I put this diverter together. .... enjoy.