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October 12th, 2009

 

How To Build Your Own Rainwater Barrel And Save Money!

When the summer months hit, an average homeowner might use over a thousand gallons of water just on his lawn and garden. Using all of this water is expensive and wasteful. A rain barrel harnesses the water that runs off the roof in a storm, saving money and the environment. While it is certainly possible to purchase a rain barrel or a rain barrel kit, building a rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive. This article will give you the rain barrel how to information you need to start building a rain barrel with just a few inexpensive materials.

First, gather the parts necessary to make a rain water barrel: one 55 gallon food quality drum, screening, pvc pipe, a spigot, plumber’s tape, and waterproof sealant. If the drum is a used one, be sure to clean it out before using.

Drill a hole in the top of the drum big enough to insert the pipe. Also drill a hole approximately 3/4" near the top for overflow.

Insert the piping into the top hole to check fit, then remove it and wrap with the plumbers tape to prevent leakage. Cover the top of the pipe with screen to keep out debris and mosquitoes.

Near the base of the barrel, drill another hole to accommodate the spigot. Wrap spigot in plumbers tape, secure and seal. A hose may be attached to the spigot so that the water can be directed straight to the garden, if desired.

Finally, use a saw to remove the drain pipe and replace with pvc pipe so that the water drains directly into the barrel. Place the barrel on a level surface, preferably raised to allow better flow of water out of the drum.

The amount of water that can come off a roof during a storm is considerable. That is why when planning the rainwater barrel and how to build it, overflow must be considered. One solution is to construct a second rain collection barrel to be connected to the first. All it requires is some extra pvc pipe to go from one overflow to the next. Add a second overflow hole to the second barrel.

In an area with a lot of rainfall, consider using these rain barrel how to tips to set up a system of up to four barrels. By building rain barrels, a homeowner can see a significant savings on the water bill each summer.

 

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Kentucky Preppers Network: How to Build A Rain Barrel System

If you already garden or plan to garden you should also be planning to put in a rain barrel system. Rain barrels catch the rain water and gives you free water to water your garden.

Tips on How to Harvest Rainwater

Pay close attention to how your rain gutters are set up. If you have more than one downspout, you may want to position a rain barrel under each downspout to harvest as much rainwater as possible.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn how to make a rain barrel out of a plastic food-grade 55 gallon barrel, how to catch rain from your rooftop via your rain gutter downspouts, and how to direct overflow away from buildings.

Wood Rain Barrel

Most rain barrels that are available these days are plastic. This Wood Rain Barrel is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic rain barrel, as well as more attractive. It is made from FSC Certified spruce wood.

Home Made Rain Barrel System

A video showing how to create your own home made and very inexpensive rain barrel sytem.

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September 28th, 2009

 

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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!

 

 

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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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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

May 26th, 2009

 

how to build a rain barrelMake your own rain barrel following the instructions discussed in this article. This is one of the most detailed plans to make your own rain barrel that you are likely to come across.

To conserve the municipal water used on our flowers, shrubs, and tomato plants, we installed an easy-to-manipulate 150-gallon plastic farm-type stock-watering tank underneath our back deck where it became a hidden rain barrel. We drew the spout-collected rain water from the tank with a small portable electric sump-pump having a garden hose attached to its outlet. During the manual watering of our plants, we controlled the flow with an adjustable nozzle at the outer end of the hose.

Items used

  1. one 150-gallon plastic stock-watering tank with a drain plug, 35"H x 39"W x 58"L (acquired from a discount farm-supply hardware store)
  2. one portable 110-VAC submersible sump-pump, flat-bottom floor-type with hose attachment, 1/4-to-1/3-hp, or equivalent
  3. four inexpensive wooden slats, 1" x 2" x 40"
  4. one roll of fine-mesh aluminum window screen, 64"x44" or larger
  5. eight 1"-long speed screws and a compatible screwdriver
  6. small box of 1/4" staples and small hammer, or equivalents
  7. one garden hose 5/8" by 50′, or as needed with adjustable nozzle
  8. one electrical extension cord (length needed to reach an outlet)
  9. one 110-VAC outdoor electrical outlet (switch-controlled if possible)
  10. one rain-gutter spout from the house rooftop

Assembly

  1. Attach the wooden slats across the top narrow width of the tank by screwing them down to the rim.
  2. Place the sump-pump with attached hose on the floor of the tank at the desired location. Let its electrical cord and attached garden hose hang out over the rim.
  3. Spread the screen over the slats atop the tank to cover it entirely. Staple the screen down to the slats. Let the screen portion above the pump and its cord and hose remain as a loose flap in case the pump must be serviced or removed.
  4. Tighten the drain plug.
  5. Place the tank close to the chosen gutter spout. If possible, hide it behind or under a deck or bush, or camouflage it as desired.
  6. Route the end of the gutter spout to the top of the tank above the screen so that the tank will collect the rain water.
  7. Extend the extension cord to the power supply.

Water collection

The experts say a one-inch rain will yield a total of 600-gallons of water from a 1000-square-foot home catchment area. Our home is slightly over 1000-square-feet. Thus, our tank filled to overflow from one spout during the first rain. The overflow drained away from the house via a sloped terrace.

We had no trouble drawing water from the tank all summer since we had adequate rainfall this year. A larger tank would have filled just as easily. The tank’s fine-screen covering kept it and its collected water free of excess debris, which consisted of wind-blown grass, leaves, and miscellaneous material coming from the screen-covered roof gutters.

Two advantages

Two major advantages came with harvesting rooftop water in this manner. First, the tank was not an eyesore because it was hidden. Our deck is surrounded with shrubs.

Second, the sump-pump provided adequate water pressure at all times, even when the water level in the tank got low. In fact, with our tank-and-pump arrangement, we could have run multiple sprinklers for the lawn, too. We might try that next summer although it might require a slightly different pump.

Author: J Delms

Further information. Rain Barrel Guide, How to Use Rain Barrels for Water Collection http://www.rainbarrelguide.com Author contact: j__l__d@sbcglobal.net

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Making A Rain Barrel

May 25th, 2009

 

Rain Barrel InfoMaking a rain barrel for conserving water and saving money on your water bills is an easy do-it-yourself project as this article discusses.

Whether you live in an area hard-hit by drought, are looking to save money on your water bills, or just want to conserve water because it’s a precious resource (or all three!), perhaps this spring it’s time to harvest rain water and use it around your house. I plan to do so within the next couple of weeks. Here’s why-and how you can too.

Why bother?

Did you know that in the summer, as much as 40 percent of a homeowner’s water use goes to the yard?

Why not replace some of that water coming from the outdoor faucet with rainwater?

Just think of all the rainwater that washes away each time it pours. According to the U.S. EPA, a rain barrel can save a single homeowner about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. That’s a lot of water for very little money or work. Plus, harvesting that water means less of it ends up in your sewer treatment facility-and you’re helping to keep rivers, beaches, and the like a bit cleaner (because that water runoff often picks up some nasty contaminants and litter on its way). Oh, and did I mention that naturally softened rainwater is great for water plants, cleaning your car, or even washing windows? It is-you just can’t drink it!

How do I start?

Making your own rain barrel is a pretty darn easy DIY project-all you really need is a large food-quality barrel or even a big plastic garbage can with a lid. You’ll need to make a hole in the lid for the gutter connector and a hole near the bottom of the can where you’ll want to screw in a spigot. But, essentially, that’s it.

Lucky for you, there are lots of resources online to help you with the steps. Check out the easy instructions provided by Southwest Florida Water Management District or the City of Bremerton, Washington (you can even download their handy brochure).

In case you’re like me and like to shop around for how-to info, I thought I’d include a few more sites with step-by-step pointers: HGTV, DIY Network, Naturalrainwater.com (I love the illustrations here) are three that will have you in the know. And you can’t beat Garden Gate magazine’s comprehensive guide.

If you really don’t want to make your own barrel, you can also buy one, of course.

What’s that you say? You don’t want your water catchment system out in the open? Well then check out the terrific idea Michelle Kaufmann posted on Instructables: make your barrel part of your garden.

This weekend, I’m going to buy a Watersaver downspout rainwater diverter and make a homemade barrel to use with it. Who’s with me?

Author: Julie Collins

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(Another) Easy Rain Barrel

Everyone knows there are a lot of different rain barrel designs on this site. If you build it, water will flow.

How to Make Your Own Rain Water Barrel for Rainwater Harvesting

As you can see, learning how to build a rain water barrel is fairly simple. If you don’t feel comfortable with these few steps you can always purchase a rain barrel kit.

Rain Barrel

This is a good link I found on how to make a rain barrel from a plastic barrel. Pretty good info too. Thought you may like it.

The Rain Barrel

Several weeks ago I decided to become water-wise and install a rain barrel. 

Wichita Rain Barrel With A Unique Set Up

Here are some shots of a Wichita Rain Barrel set up we did not to long ago. You will see in the first shot the WRB (Wichita Rain Barrel) is already set in place on four cinder blocks.

How to Make a Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is something that I have wanted to make and install. It’s something easy that I can do to conserve water and also use the water for flowers.

Getting Started With a Rain Barrel

Be sure to ONLY get a barrel that carried food products. Make your own with the instructions you get free on line or take a rain barrel class.

Installing A Rain Barrel Is A Very Wise Thing To Do

It should also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full. When you already decide and buy one, make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping.

How To Make A Rain Barrel

Ever since we spotted a rain barrel in action on our visit to Matt & Kristin’s house last fall, Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power of our own otherwise wasted rainwater. So we participated in a recent rain barrel making workshop.

Make a Rain Barrel

Man oh man do I have a weekend project for you. As I’ve mentioned before, harvesting rainwater at home is a great way to save money, save water, and keep your yard or garden looking great.

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How To Make A Rain Barrel

February 15th, 2009

 

Collecting water in a rain barrel is certainly not a new idea. People have collected rainwater and used it to water gardens and irrigate crops almost since the beginning of time. Over the course of the last few decades, however, most people have chosen to rely solely on their municipal water systems, without considering the cost or the ecological impact.

Storing rainwater in rain barrels lowers water bills and reduces storm water runoff. Storm water runoff carries pesticides, grease, oil, and other toxins into our waterways and contributes to erosion, eating away valuable land. Using a rain barrel is one conservation measure that is being encouraged by many municipalities and environmentalists. Is it right for you?

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What You Need to Know about Rain Barrels

When you make the decision to begin using a rain barrel, you’ll station it at one of the downspouts of your home or business. When the rain falls on your roof and runs into your gutters, a downspout diverter directs the rain through a screen and into the barrel. You then have a source of natural, chemical free water to use when caring for your plants.

Whether you opt to build your own rain barrel or decide to purchase one, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. It is important that your rain barrel be child safe and mosquito proof. Your rain barrel should have a full screen and a lid that you can fasten securely.

In order to prevent algae, a rain barrel should be made of a dark material that does not allow the penetration of sunlight. Be certain that the material is non-toxic. If you’re making your own rain barrel, make sure that you know the history of the barrel.

The best rain barrels will feature a metal spout near the bottom of the barrel so it is easy to access the collected water. Make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping.

A well-designed rain barrel will also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full. Point the overflow away from the foundation of the house to prevent water damage.

Water that has been collected in rain barrels is not meant for consumption by humans or animals. Your landscaping, gardens and houseplants, however, will thrive when you use this natural, untreated water to care for them.

A Barrel Full of Benefits

Using a rain barrel is a simple way to help conserve water and protect our rivers and streams. Even if you purchase your rain barrel, it will soon pay for itself by lowering your water bill. The fact that you’re taking one more step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle is priceless. Remember, it’s a series of little steps that helps us make giant strides towards protecting our planet.

By: Richard H.

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Composters.com is an internet retailer of environmentally-friendly compost bins, compost tumblers, rain barrels, lawn sweeper, and other composting and gardening accessories.

Making Your Own Rain Barrel  Project

Why spend upwards of $100 on a rain barrel when you can easily make one yourself for less than $20? This is an easy DIY project that can be done in hours.

How To Make A Rain Barrel Guide

I love my rain barrels. I have 4 barrels setup around the house. After many changes, I settled on this rain barrel design.

How To Build A Rain Water Collector

In this instructable, I will show how I made a rainwater collection system to water my garden. This helps to conserve water and make good use of a free and renewable resource.

Harvest Rain Water By Using A Rain Barrel

All you need is a plastic tank, garden hose and a platform and you are ready to setup your own home built rain barrel.

Make Rainwater Harvesting Easy

Laura Allen explains how to build your own rain barrel system and demonstrates how to create your own water catchment system utilizing several recycled maraschino cherry containers.

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February 8th, 2009

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