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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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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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