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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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Rainbarrel Systems Discussions

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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Make Rain Barrel

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!

 

 

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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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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.

 

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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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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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The Home Know-It-All : Your One-Stop Shop for Home Design, Improvement, and Repair.

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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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Making Rain Barrels

May 23rd, 2009

 

rain barrel setupMaking rain barrels is a great way to join the recycling craze. Not only does making rain barrels recycle rain water it also recycles used plastic barrels. This article takes a look at how you can use rainbarrels to reuse rainwater.

Most of us take water for granted until it doesn’t rain for a month or two and the city asks you to stop watering your lawn and garden. One of the best ways to help guard against this is by recycling rainwater. There are many ways to collect and recycle rainwater but one of the best and most cost effective is to setup a simple rain barrel.

It is estimated that an inexpensive rain barrel can save you as much as 1000 gallons of water over the course of a normal summer by simply recycling rainwater.

Of course, the exact amount will vary depending on the amount of rainfall in your area but the savings from recycling rainwater in most cases will be substantial. The idea is to position the rain barrel under a roof drain downspout so that it collects rain running off the roof of your house and recycling the rainwater on your plants and lawn as needed. You can buy a ready-made rain barrel but it is also very easy and inexpensive to build your own.

Almost all the materials are available at your local hardware store. The main item you will need is a large plastic drum. Getting one is not as difficult as it may seem. Most soft drink manufacturers around the world are willing to sell you an inexpensive 55 gallon plastic drum. Usually the plastic drum you get will have its top sealed so you will have to drill a hole in the middle top of the drum. Many people will put a screen or other type of filter over this hole so that leaves and other debris do not get into the rain barrel. If your roof gutter system already has grills or screens to keep leaves out then you won’t need to worry about a filter for the barrel. Usually it is a good idea to raise the barrel up off the ground by putting it on cinder blocks. This will help protect the ground underneath and make it easier to recycle the rainwater you collect in the rain barrel. You will undoubtedly have to raise the height of your downspout as well so that it is slightly above the level of the top of the drum.

Now that we have the drum setup for collecting rainwater, we need to arrange a way to get it out. The simplest way is to drill a small hole in the lower side of the drum a couple inches up from the bottom and glue in a PVC male adaptor then attach a 3 to 4 foot length of plastic hose to this adaptor. Of course, it is important to keep the end of the hose above the top of the barrel so that the barrel doesn’t drain. You can notch the top rim of the drum as a holder for the hose or alternately you can attach a plastic valve to the end of the hose. Finally, at the end of the hose you will want to attach a plastic adaptor that allows the attachment of a standard garden hose. This setup will use gravity to drain the drum. To use the rainwater collected simply put the end of the garden hose on the ground you intend to water, open the valve if you used one and the drum will self-drain out the end of the garden hose. To stop the flow either close the valve or raise the end of the garden hose above the top level of the drum.

Author: Michael Russell

Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Recycling

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Be sure to check out this video about making rain barrels.

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February 8th, 2009

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