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  • n. The drainpipe that connects a roof-line gutter with the ground


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  • The valve that is attached to the downpipe is a one way valve (like your PCV valve), only allowing flow OUT of the crankcase


  • Yellow police tape flapped in the breeze from a downpipe, bright against the blackened shell of the bar.

    The Whisperers

  • It can be attached to the downpipe by using a rain diverter kit. via Arbroath

    Waterbutts | Impact Lab

  • We might be a day or so over schedule, if only because the boys took a day out to sort out the plumbing and the downpipe, which they hadn't bargained on having to do, and also because there is some question over when the sink, the oven and the dishwasher will be delivered.

    May 19th, 2009

  • The half-wall's up, the wiring's done, and today the boys put in the window, entirely revised the drainage both in the kitchen and in the bathroom, and replaced the downpipe on the outside wall.

    May 16th, 2009

  • The Mistle Thrush had built her nest on top of a downpipe, blocking the water's passage and causing the gutter to flood.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The nest was tucked away from the weather in the shade of the roof but it was so close to the downpipe the gutter flooded when it rained.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • The boy hesitated, and his eyes darted nervously first left, then right, then left again – less a cornered rodent than a skinny street-smart cat, deciding which tree or downpipe he could reach first.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • A child of about three, with dusty shoes and a threadbare pullover, sat on the step beside me, drumming the downpipe with a stick.

    The House at Riverton

  • Ever since the roofer's been to fix the roof and downpipe, our TV reception has been unwatchable.

    It's not one thing, it's another [Dr Who spoilers]


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