Monday, May 7, 2012
DIY Rain Barrel
Barrel- we just used a $9 Rubbermaid trashcan
'Nut'- I mean something to screw in inside the barrel to hold the spigot in place, we used a female coupler
Bricks (optional) - we wanted it off the ground, so it's raised by a few inches with some landscape bricks we had
The whole process was pretty simply; first, cut off down spout at desired height. Attach flexible gutter tubing to the downspout, secure to fence (or other object) for more stability. Cut holes in trashcan (or barrel), one for the gutter tubing, and another for the spigot. Slide hose washer onto spigot threading, then into the hole in the rain barrel, then screw the but on from the inside. Put lid on and slide the tubing down into the barrel. Finished!
Since we got some rain over the weekend, we got to test it out last night! It works really well. We are going to add some caulking to the spigot joint once it dries out to make sure it doesn't start leaking, but so far so good. It works more like a siphon if you attach a short hose to it, not much water pressure of course. But it's good enough to fill up my watering can, which beats walking back and forth from the garage to fill up a bucket with water! Plus this water is free!