I saw this picture on-line, and I thought I would like to try and make it. So I found a bike wheel, a few extra axles, and I was given two pieces of rectangular tubing with flattened ends, pre-drilled bar tabs attached. They were superfluous to one of the traveling Broadway shows I work with, so they left the pieces in the bushes for me.So I planned it out, cut it up and welded it at Ben's Bikes, on W. Broad Street, where I rent shop time.
I have been brainstorming what kind of tubing I can use to line the gutter channels I built that can be plumbed to collect and divert rain water for use. I decided to try using re-cycled bicycle inner tubes. This is just a test patch, but it works. I can cut the tubes and clean them out real good and then use some epoxy to glue them into the aluminum of the gutters, and use the same kind of rubber cement I use fixing flat tires to join the sections of tube to one another.
I have left this out in the weather for a while to see if it will stand up to the elements. I don't doubt that the sun will eventually corrode the tubing, but at least I can rest assured there will most likely always be more used bike inner tubes I can use to make any needed repairs.