We (Bill) made a Rain Barrel today and I wanted to share the “how to” with you. We were able to complete the project for just under $20.0o and only took about 20-25 minutes.
What you need
55 Gallon food grade barrel
3/4 inch male spigot
3/4 inch extension
1 inch hole bit
4 inch Atrium Gate
Drain Sleeve or “Sock”
- 3/4 inch male fitting
- Cinder blocks to put barrel on.
First obtain a barrel. It should be a 55 gallon barrel previously used in food production. A “food grade” barrel. Do not use White barrels. Use Blue or Black so no algae can grow.
Place atrium gate upside down on top of the barrel at the location where you want the water to enter the barrel. Trace around the atrium gate.
Cut out the traced circle: Using the 1 inch hole bit on drill, place hole in middle of circle you just traced. Using Jigsaw, carefully cut out circle.
Cut 8-10 inches of drain sock and knot at one end. Place around gate, (this keeps mosquitos out and debris out of water.) Put into opening.
On right side of barrel drill a 1 inch hole and place your 3/4 inch male fitting (with plumbers tape) in hole. The hole should be 5-6inches below the lip of the barrel and at least 1 inch below the bottom of the atrium gates lowest point.
You can put a small amount of bonding putty around the fitting to prevent leaks but it is not necessary because it should be a good fit. Connect a hose to allow overflow out to ground or to another barrel.
At the bottom of the front of the barrel drill another 1 inch hole. Use 3/4 inch extension onto 3/4 inch spigot with plumbers tape on it and insert into the barrel. Put a small amount of bonding putty around spigot and let dry.
The Next step is to place the rain barrel on cinder blocks under down spout. Pictures of this coming soon.
Check out this great how to if you need more visuals: Rain Barrels
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