Have you even been driving down a road after a large rain and the road seems like it might be the start of the next grand canyon? Or it has that washboard effect that jars you and the car to death? Well I have. I live in the mountains of North Carolina and we have some amazing countryside. But at the same time the mountains tend to drain water down the road in mass quantities. When it rains the water builds more and more the larger the mountain is. My gravel road is no exception. Over the past two years I have seen the gravel get lower and lower and the red clay start to show under the road. This is not a good sign for the future of the road. To stop this from happening, and to save the road, I have built a wooded trough to collect water as it travels down the road. The water is then diverted into the ditch and away from the road. Thus saving the lower portion of the road.
Please check out the build and install video. You can make your own wooden trough for around $40.
After a large rain of over 15″ in a week I have a good idea of how well the water diverter trough is going to work. In this video you can see how the trough holds up and how well it passes the water that was thrown its way.