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Water Awning

Its nice outside, but its raining!
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I like it when it rains. The smell of rain on hot concrete, the soothing sounds of water beating down on the roof of your house, the gallons of water reaching twards the grass so I can enjoy it all. The water awning would require special roof fittings to help catch and channel as much water as possible to a point roughly 6 to 10 feet across. This focus of the run-off water would then be channeled over a ramp or scoop to allow the water to be projected in a sheet away from the house, thus providing an area of light rainfall, or gentle sprinkles to enjoy the rainy day. This would require a pretty steep roof pitch and a large, smooth surface to allow the water to gain enough speed to project itself far enough. The Water Awning could also be useful for gardening close to the home. As the rate of precipitation increases, the water would be projected farther and farther from the house.
Letsbuildafort, Jan 12 2004

Foul Weather Fountain http://www.halfbake...0Weather_20Fountain
Also available for large buildings. [Worldgineer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       hmmm 4.30 p.m. nice one LBaF.
po, Jan 12 2004
  

       So this is like a fountain for the house? I can imagine it shooting in an arc past a large window into a pond.   

       (hint to [po] - mid morning for you should work fine)
Worldgineer, Jan 12 2004
  

       It must be nice to see rain as quaint and joyful. Croissant dispite my envy towards your sunny weather conditions!
silverstormer, Jan 12 2004
  

       world, I could not be that cruel!   

       2 hours later might be even more fun.
po, Jan 12 2004
  

       I can't imagine a rainfall that would be heavy enough for this to work properly (a very large roof channelling all the runoff to a fairly small portion -might- work), but [+] for the visual.
Freefall, Jan 12 2004
  

       Isn't this more commonly called a waterfall?
DrCurry, Jan 12 2004
  

       <obligatory>Won't it look like the house is "wizzing"?</obligatory>
Worldgineer, Jan 12 2004
  

       Whizzing into you're neighbor's chimney ... I know it wouldn't be possible, but it would look funny!
Letsbuildafort, Jan 12 2004
  

       i love it!! :)
babyhawk, Jan 12 2004
  

       Very nice, fort. And with the right sort of reservoir system you could make it rain at your house all day.
lintkeeper2, Jan 12 2004
  

       Had a childhood home in SC that functioned this way in heavy summer rain. A sheet of rain could enclose the entire porch. The light it created was magical. *sigh* +
k_sra, Jan 13 2004
  

       We have this exact function just above our front door, but it's due to a piece of broken guttering rather than anything else. Living in a city where rain is the norm, I find it hard to imagine people *wanting* this but chacun à son goût as they say across the channel*   

       *English channel, not Bristol.
hazel, Jan 13 2004
  

       As an add-on you could place colored lights at the lip of the scoop, and at night enjoy red, blue, orange, or multi-colored sheets of water. Well done, [World] I didn't see that idea in my search ...
Letsbuildafort, Jan 13 2004
  

       I think a pleasant view is really wonderful when I'm at home and there have been times the view was not worth viewing... this could serve as sort of an "outside of window" curtain to insure an always pleasant view.
no12pass, Jan 13 2004
  

       [Qnow] A fountain of regurgitated pondwater filled with the guano of overfed fish and reptiles. That must smell nice...
ATP, Jan 15 2004
  

       This is one of those fun ideas. +
sartep, Aug 04 2004
  
      
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