Handy Bob. I've been busy with a couple of projects .
Where I live is "Flat as a sh!tcutters hat" I have about 20mm fall from the back yard to the storm water outlet on the footpath. We are about 100m west of the dunes in what was Melaleuca swamp before the developer dumped a couple of meters of crap clay fill & built what was to become Chateau Nowhere II on it. The clay has all the absorbent properties of plastic. So whenever we get more than a light rain I get pools in the backyard. No biggie - Labradors like the water, but when it starts pooling in the shed it is unacceptable. So what to do about it? If I just raise the backyard level all of the water will pool in the shed. I mulled over this issue for weeks before accepting that I would have to do something heavy duty.
The drain across the front of the shed slab is self explanatory but note the cast alloy grate. It covers a 300mm square pit that I have cut the arse out of (black disk on cement) and concreted onto a buried 200 litre drum. In the drum is a mains powered pond pump. See the black hose running in from the left? that's 50m of 80mm slotted drainage hose that drains into the pit, but inside that is a garden hose that runs most of the way out to the storm water outflow on the footpath. So the rainwater now trickles down the slotted pipe into the pit, it collects in the drum & every time it rains heavily while I pump out the pool I also pump out the drum. Inelegant, but it works. Installing it all & digging the 50 m long, 60cm deep 40 cm wide trench, laying in gravel, slotted pipe, refilling et al turned out to be a week of work. Doesn't look like it but there you go. It was actually really good spending a week pottering around in the backyard talking to noone. I've said it before & I'll say it again. People suck.
When we moved into Chateau Nowhere II, I knocked together some shelves out of some scavenged rough pine, it has done the job but it was only ever a temporary bodge & I've been looking for an upgrade. Thank you Mr. Supermarket - they recently gutted all their shelving & replaced it. So a couple of midnight dumpster dives & hey presto: serious industrial shelving at the right price.
I'm sure the blokes reading are going "yeah right good one" & the ladies are thinking "who cares?" Vive la difference!