Monday, August 9, 2010

Rain Barrels How to :)

Sunday was a great day, had a wonderful visit with family who admired our newly installed rain barrel....
They were even more impressed that it only cost us $5.00 out of pocket.. granted we were gifted with a few items and had the others laying around. If you can get the barrel used it should still only cost you $20.00 at the very most.. ( I love $20 and under money saving projects :)

It was very easy to complete and took Corey and I about 15 minutes.. that included wading through the mess in the garage to find necessary things.

What you need...
  • A barrel.. we used a barell that had stored windshield wiper fluid from a lube place. It's a big Blue barrel:) This was given to us.
  • A jig saw
  • A saw able to cut through metal down spout
  • A flex able tube
  • A spout that will attach to our hose and turn on and off.
  • screws
  • caulk
  • Pencil
  • spade bit and drill
Basically you need to get your barell and find out where you want to set it. Because there was a walk in our way we moved ours off to the side instead of directly under the down spout.

Make sure to rinse your barell out if there was any chemicals in them before. Ours had held wiper fluid so we made sure to rinse it.

Take your flex pipe and gauge where you need to cut on the downspout to reach your barrel. Remember this should be higher then the top of your barell.

Cut your down spout using the saw. Attach pipe with 2 screws.

Take flex tube, put the end on the barrel where you want it and trace around the bottom of it. Take jig saw and cut out hole... Make sure you make the whole tight.

Take the flex pipe and put through hole. Caulk around.

Next take your spigot and find the matching spade bit. Cut hole for spigot, lay a bead of caulk around spigot and put through hole. Screw on. The caulk should flow out around it to form a seal.

There is your rain barel :)

Please let us know how this works for you and if you have any ideas to make it better. We are always open to suggestions!

Our total cost was for the spigot, we had the flex pipe originally at the end of the downspout to direct water away from the walk way. We are planning on building a total of 6 of these to help water our gardens outside.
Happy Water Gathering!!

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