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September 28th, 2009

 

Make Rain Barrel Instructions

Collecting rain water to use around your home not only is an environmentally sound practice but can save you money throughout the year. By collecting rain in barrels you are conserving water. This can decrease the strain on the water reservoirs in your area and help save our clean drinking water. This water can be used for watering plants or lawn, washing your dog or car or even for watering your gardens when there is no rain in the forecast.

This article will show you how make your own rain barrel. To begin to making a rain barrel you need a large plastic drum. Many people purchase a 55 gallon drum brand new for this project. If you recycle an old container take the time to rinse and dry out the container prior to setting it up for use. You should use a bleach and water mixture and let it air dry naturally before sealing up the drum.


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Once you have established that you have a sanitary drum, you need to insert a spigot into the side of the drum. This should be done near the bottom of the drum to allow for good water flow when you are releasing the collected water. To insert the spigot you will need to drill a hole in the barrel large enough to fit the spigot that you have. Insert the spigot and cover the threads of the piping with Teflon tape. This will prevent the water from seeping out and ruining your connections. Once you have installed the spigot give it a test by filling the bucket with some water and draining it out. Check for and repair any leaks and this part is done.

The next step to make rain barrel is that you will have to have a collection opening on the top of the barrel. This opening should be large enough for good drainage into the bucket, but not to large to allow large debris to get inside. Place your collection drum in a strategic area that will be optimum for collection. Many people place them at the end of water spouts coming down from the roof or near the corners of their homes where water tends to pool. Now all you have to do is wait for the soaking rain!

 

 

Build Rain Barrel Video

 

 

More About Making Rain Barrels

Riverheads High Students Make Rain Barrels

Students in the schools science department will soon be making, rain barrels. Environmental science teacher Joel Nelson says it’s a great way to save water. The barrel hooks up from the down spout of your house.

Rain Barrels

Designer rain barrells are not cheap and therefore, not everyone can afford to buy one. There are many ways to make your own rain barrel and there are many sites dedicated to the diy rain barrel crowd.

How To Install A Rain Barrel

I think it would be possible to catch some with a well-placed rain barrel. It would take some adjustments, preferably during a rainstorm. A person could also get or make a rain chain.

Collect Rain Water – Rain Barrels

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a single 100-gallon rain barrel can save up to 1300 gallons of utility-provided water during the high demand summer months. Handy homeowners can make their own water harvesting rain barrels. 

 

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Rain Barrel Diverter

September 25th, 2009

 

Rain Barrel Diverter: Use And Installation

With 60 percent of our water consumption going to residential irrigation, and with the problem of runoff reducing ground saturation along with the fact that it can contribute to polluting existing water sources, we really should consider using rain barrels. By diverting your runoff to a barrel you will be helping to protect the environment and aiding in the prevention of future water shortages.

Here are some of the best choices when it comes to a Rain Barrel Diverter:


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The fact of the matter is that it will rain sometime and rain is a free resource. With the rainwater from a rain barrel you can wash your car, soak your garden or even top off your pool. With three rain barrels that are linked together you can save up to 240 gallons of rainwater and it is possible to fill one with only a 1/4" of rainfall. You should be able to look around and find some that are made of recycled material and save even more of our precious resources.

Your barrel should be between 40 and 80 gallons and made out of a material such as plastic for easy cleaning that will last forever. The lid should screw on, act as a tray and have several small holes in it, as this will stop debris from entering your barrel. You do not want to have a breeding ground for mosquitoes so don’t consider the ones with larger holes and screens as it will just create more work and is less sanitary. Your barrel should have a spigot to hook your hose to and a rain barrel diverter giving you the ability to control where the rainwater goes.

The rain barrel diverter should be placed below your gutter, in front of your downspout and above the barrel to allow for overflow to run out the waste channel to prevent pooling of rain around your barrel should it be full when it rains and is very important to have on your rain collection system. You will find as many diverters as you will find rain collection systems, such as automatic and collapsible, and are certain to find the system to fit your style as they are made in many shapes and colors as to accent your home and be a decorative addition to your flower bed. You can make your own diverter and can find many how to suggestions online if you are wanting to save a few dollars on your system.

 

Rain Barrel Gutter Downspout Diverter

 

 

Rain Overflow Diverters

Gardening The Enviorenment Friendly Way: Rain Barrel Diverter

Attach a rain water diverter to your downspout. Rain barrel diverter kits are inexpensive and alleviate the problem of water pooling at the base of your container.

Collecting Water, Uses of Rain Barrel Diverter

Rain barrel diverters provide the option of saving water. The water which falls from roof tops can be collected in rain barrels. Rain water collection is the best means to save water.

Rain Barrel Diverters – Collecting Rain Water

Rain barrel diverters are one of the easiest ways you can save money around your household. Many cities are facing drought conditions or water restrictions. Because of this, water rates have been rising.

Rainwater Diverter Kit

The Saving Rain Diverter Box is a water conservation and runoff management system with several options. Divert the maximum amount of rainwater from your roof into one or more rain barrels.

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Rainwater Barrel, Catch And Store Rain Water

September 21st, 2009

I will have to say that there is much more information to be found on the benefits of a Rainwater Barrel than I ever imagined. There is information on the benefits of Rainwater Barrels, how to build them, how to care for them, where to buy a kit and on and on. All right, I’ve made my point; it just surprised me that’s all.

Hey, if you don’t believe me just take a look at all of the different styles of rainwater barrels you can find:


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Benefits of Rainwater Barrels

The benefits of a Rainwater Barrel are numerous to say the least. The first benefit that comes up, especially on a site that sells Rainwater Barrels is that you can cut down on your water bill. I had a hard time trying to figure out how that would happen. I stumbled across a green design site and low and behold, there it was. The rainwater that you collect can be used to water your yard.

Not only that, but rainwater is far better for your vegetable and flowering plants than the water we see in the cities and towns around the United States. The water that is available for our consumption in these areas is rich in chemicals, namely chlorine. You could also use the rainwater to wash your car and the pure rainwater is much better for your cars finish than chlorine.

I felt that this next item deserved a spot in the "benefits of a Rainwater Barrel" list also. By using rainwater collection you will be saving lots of community money and public utilities money. First , by cutting down on the amount of water that goes into the city sewer system during a storm, you are helping to save big money because there is less water to process and treat. Next, the decrease of water going into the runoff flow cuts down on urban erosion and man hours because there are always city workers clearing drains and gutters. Less water into the runoff system means less water to flow through the drains and gutters. This is not to mention the municipal taxes that we could all save year after year.

When you look at this information and first take it in, you may get the "sure, any thing will help" attitude as I did. I continued to do a little more research and found one fact (actually many that all contributed to one). Those tasks that I mentioned above, the garden, washing cars and windows, and lawns all attribute for approximately 40% of our water usage as a country.

I hope you found this information interesting and I hope you too will give a yes nod to the benefit of having a Rainwater Barrel.

Using A Rain Barrel

 

 

More On Rain Water Barrels

Reduce Footprints: 20 "Green" Tips For Fall

Now would also be a good time to install a rain barrel. Rather than allow water to drain into one spot, a rain barrel would allow you to direct the water to where it’s most needed.

Statesman Report On Austin Rain Barrel Benefits

Click here for original story hosted at statesman.com Rainwater helps woman shrink water bill to about $15 a month.

Save On Your Utility Bills With A Rain Barrel

As utility bills slowly increase, many families are looking for energy efficiency measures that can help them save money, reduce energy use.

Raya Garden Shopping

Nowadays you can find some really cool rain barrels, which many garden owners use to beautify their gardens. I hope to find something like this tomorrow.

How To Install A Rain Barrel

We got a second rain barrel Saturday morning at a special discounted sale for Hennepin County residents (got our first one two years ago at a similar event). Eventually I would like to have about 8 of them.

How Do You Collect Rainwater?

Collecting rainwater can be as easy as putting a rain-barrel under a roof gutter or as complex as installing underground cisterns with a water pumping.

Rain Barrels Help Residents Use Water Wisely

“People are much more conscious of saving water,” said Irwin, who noted that 1 inch of rainwater fills the 55-gallon rain barrel. “I think the green explosion is reaching out to the other sustainable issues.

Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

First, you need to determine what size of barrel will be sufficient. If you are planning to use the water for your plants and crops, a 65- to 85-gallon rain barrel is enough. However, for storage purposes, a 150-gallon barrel is best.

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Home Rain Barrell To Save Water And Money

September 18th, 2009

 

While going green is a big trend these days, people every where are wondering what they can do to make their home and lives more green. One thing you can do to actively make your life more green is using a rain barrell. Rain barrells have actually been used by people for years. I remember my grandparents used to have their own rain barrell, not as high tech as the ones used now, but they did have a rain collector.

Take a look at some of the styles available to you right now:


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A rain barrell is used to collect rain water off the roof of your house or shed that would normally just run off into storm drains and eventually ends up in streams. Rain barrells usually consist of a fifty-five gallon barrel, a hose, and a screen to keep out debris and insects. The rain barrell is placed under a rain gutter spout and water is collected just like that. Simple and efficient.

There are several advantages of having a rain barrell catcher. Most of them are good for summer months when gardening and lawn upkeep is important. Outside activities such as lawn and gardening generate up to forty percent of total water usage during the summer for the average household. Rain barrel’s collect water during storms and rainy days and it is ready to use when you need to water your garden, clean your dirty car, or water your flowers. Rain barrel collection provides a free nearly limitless supply of water containing no harsh chemicals perfect for gardens or washing windows.

Rain water can also be heated up and used inside the house for tasks such as doing dishes and cooking. You can use the rain barrel in the winter to collect snow to bring inside the house. You can melt the snow on the stove and use it also for doing dishes or even bathing. As the water doesn’t contain chlorine or other chemicals it is an all natural way to keep your house and yourself clean.

On average, a rain barrell can save most users a lot of water during the hottest summer months. Storing water helps you not only protect the environment but it also saves you money and energy, which otherwise would be spent getting water to you. During droughts using your rain barrell would be ideal for you and also the environment which you live. These are just some of the good reasons why you should make or purchase a rain barrel. You will not be disappointed with the results and the money you can save with using your rain barrell.

 

Why Have A Rain Collection Barrell

 

 

Other Rainbarrell News

Compost Happens: Conserving Resources: It’s As Simple As A Barrel.

One of my favorite ways to conserve a finite resource is by using a rain barrel. In fact, I liked the rain barrel so much I bought a second one in August!

City Offers Rain Barrel Rebate : Newstreamz San Marcos

According to the drought rules in San Marcos, rain water is considered an alternative water source and is exempt from drought restrictions. For more information on the rain barrel rebate program, visit http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/water

Rain Barrels – One 4 All

There are several type of rain barrels that can be use. Usually it classified according to models, functions, and materials. There are several materials that commonly used for rain barrel and tanks.

Make the Most of Fall with a Rain Barrel

Using less water though is easy as long as you start Rainwater Harvesting with a Rain Barrel. There isn’t a better time to start collecting rainwater than the fall, so make sure you have enough rainwater barrels.

Santa Barbara: EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale

EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale. FACT: One inch of rain falling on a 1000 sq ft roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater for use in your landscape. 

 

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