These instructions produce fully-enclosed rain barrels, so as to avoid mosquito problems.
Described below are three methods for making rain barrels using the three most common types of rainwater collection containers. The first step, of course, is to find a source for recycled plastic barrels! See our ‘How to Find Recycled Plastic Barrels Locally‘ page for some ideas.)
And once you’ve built your rain barrel using one of the instruction sets below, you’ll have to attach it to one of your home’s gutter downspouts using a Garden Watersaver Diverter Kit. [Installation instructions here].
1. HOW TO BUILD A RAIN BARREL WITH AN OPEN-TOP CONTAINER AND LID
This is the simplest version for those who have access to open-top barrels. Trash cans may be used, but to create the back-pressure required for the Diverter, the top should be sealed with duct tape. Instructions:
2. HOW TO BUILD A FULLY-SEALED RAIN BARREL USED HORIZONTALLY
This option is just as easy as #1, and takes only 10 minutes to complete. Instructions:
3. HOW TO BUILD A FULLY-SEALED RAIN BARREL USED VERTICALLY
The third option bit more complicated, but is the best-working option in that recycled closed-top barrels are often the most readily available and create the best back-pressure for the Diverter. Here are the step-by-step instructions with photos:
|STEP 1: Drill a 15/16″ hole near the bottom or file about 1/64th” of a 1 inch drill bit||STEP 2: Heat the area (To soften the plastic)|
|STEP 3: Insert a Spigot Kit into the hole||STEP 4: Tighten the spigot strongly (especially if no washer used)|
|STEP 5: Drill 3/4″ hole in Threaded Bung||STEP 6: Attach hose to Garden Watersaver Diverter unit|
ADDITIONAL RAIN BARREL BUILDING HINTS:
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