Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 95
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JO Works pretty well, looks great painted to match house
This allowed me to catch 50 gallons of water in a moderately heavy southern California rain in about 2 hours. Very impressive. Only gave it 4 stars because it will not redirect water into the rain barrel if the rain is too light, even while water is obviously passing through the diverter. In a drought, every potential drop of water matters, so I wish this was capable of capturing water more efficiently. Also, caulking is required in order to ensure that water doesn't leak from downspout on the underside.
July 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DLB1948 Gorilla tape test
Recommend yes, But! I thought I had a 2" x 3" drain spout but it's actually 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" and this system isn't very flexible on sizes. (2x3 or 3x4) - Luckily I had some tin snips and a fine blade hacksaw, not to mention a roll of Gorilla Tape to modify the size of my aluminium drain pipe. A few minutes of tin knocking and taping and good to go. I didn't follow Fiskars instructions for height of cuts on the drainpipe, I just made sure that the transfer hose was slightly above the rain barrels fill port. That night we had a 1" rainstorm, easily filled the 50 gallon RTS barrel.
June 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LCFixerUpper EASY to install. Does exactly what it is supposed to!
This was very easy to install, and collects water exactly as it is supposed to do. I actually purchased two, one for each side of my house, and when I add collection capacity, I will certainly at least one more.
I will say, check your drain spouts... If they are grounded, be careful when you cut the downspout! Mine were grounded and as soon as I cut the down spout, I got a shock from the top part of the spout (as it was not grounded once I made the cut) . This was resolved easily enough by using some wire and self tapping screws and creating an electrical ground connection between the top half and bottom half. (In the photo you can see that I grounded the top half by running a wire to my house ground until I was finished. Now I simply have a piece of wire running between the top and bottom half.
September 9, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dallas A bit flimsy, gets the job done, caulking required
The diverter works, but not as well as I might have hoped. First, when it is filling the barrel, there is still quite a bit of water that will flow past the internal mechanism and on down the downspout. This is not a problem in rainy Arkansas where my 60 gallon rain barrel was filled in a four hour downpour, but in more arid climates you might wish every drop was headed to the barrel. Also, while the fit at the top and bottom of the diverter (onto the downspout) is snug, because the downspout has ridges, caulking is necessary to try to stem the flow out and down the side of the downspout. Finally, when you open the transparent cover and pull out the filter, the product seems a bit flimsy and I tend to worry that I will break the transparent cover. All in all, it gets the job done, although the quality is a bit low.
August 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Scichick No hassle rain diverter.
I bought this so I wouldn't have an overflowing rain barrel putting water down onto my foundation during a heavy rain. It quickly fills by barrel and then diverts the water back into the rain gutter. It has a "V" shape built into it and during a heavy storm water shoots over the "V" and into the gutter while still allowing water to flow into the attached hose and into the barrel. Once the barrel is full the water continues to divert over the "V" and back into the gutter. There is a nice little viewing window you can pop off to see the action. As a modification we used self-tapping screws to suck the gutter tight to the fitting and a little silicon around the edge. You may wish to dismantle it for winter to preserve it from harm. Just buy an extra section of 3-4 foot piece of gutter to attach and drop it down into the pipe in the ground and you are all set.
July 17, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Igor Decent product
This diverter works as described. I have this mounted on a 3x4 downspout and attached to a series of wooden wine casks irrigating my gardens.
The only addendum I would add is to seal it with a waterproof silicone. In moderate to heavy rain it will leak, splash out the top seam or the bottom.
I think Fiskars could build this a bit more sturdy.
July 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chas It does what it says
My problem was to supply water to my outside planter located on my below grade driveway apron. The solution was a cistern and downspout diverter. Installation was pretty easy, following the instructions. The only issues being both my down spout and PVC receiver were fixed. By removing the rib on the diverter which prohibited the downspout from sliding too far down into the adaptor it allowed me to slide the adapter up the downspout giving me the clearance needed to insert the diverter; sliding the adapter down again completing the assembly. The diverter filled the cistern and its filter stopped all the maple tree helicopter seeds from getting into the reservoir. I’m a happy camper and would recommend this product.
May 9, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Debbie5454 Rain Barrel Diverter Kit
The kit does not divert the water into the barrel at a good pace.........it trickles in. We have another type of diverter kit that came with our rain barrel and this one works great. We had to alter the device in order for more water to enter the barrel. I bought two and will return one for credit.
August 4, 2015