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How to Build a Rain Barrel, Plus Care and Maintenance

Posted 02/11/2016 6:26 pm by

How to Build a Rain Barrel, Plus Care and Maintenance

 

How to Build a Rain Barrel, Plus Care and Maintenance - Using rainwater for your yard and garden helps grow stronger, healthier plants.

 

 

We decided to locate the rain barrels under the stairs so they would be out of the way, but still close to the greenhouse and garden.

The downspout was rerouted down the stairs to the barrels.  To allow room for a bucket to be placed under the rain barrel faucets, six concrete footings were under a small reinforced wood deck.  You could also potentially use concrete blocks.  Remember, once a 55 gallon drum is full of water it will weigh over 450 pounds, so whatever surface you have should be sturdy and level.  To have additional capacity, we linked two drums together.

To keep debris and bugs out of the tank, we cut out the center of a a two part lid and inserted mesh window screen into the opening.

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