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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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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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