Rain Barrel: The Facts & How To

“Rain Barrel: The Facts & How To”

Source: Devil’s Backyard

For those of you who don’t even know what a rain barrel is, let me explain: Besides saving you money on water, a rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for watering plants and gardens.

Typically, here are a few things you will need if you are going to DIY on the Rain Barrel.

– 50-gallon plastic barrel (You might be able to find them at local car washes or hardware stores! Ask around, it shouldn’t be hard to find one locally)
– Rain Barrel Kit (includes faucet, etc. This can be found at your local hardware store too.)
– Caulk
– Fine mosquito mesh
– Tools such as a drill that is fitted with a hole-cutting bit and metal snips (or box cutter).

If the idea of it overwhelms you, you can easily bring your rain barrel to your local hardware store and ask them to cut a hole for you and help you fit the faucet (and things, ha!) into the barrel. Just ask for help!

Here are some tips I’ve learned so far:

– Local Farmer’s Markets may actually sell rain barrels! I know ours does and some of them are even painted with pretty things and ready to go!

– They also sell kits that attach to your gutter that will allow the water to easily flow into the rain barrel.

– Local car washes may have the large gallon drums for the barrel if you can’t find one anywhere else. Calling around is your best bet!

Here are some in-depth posts on how to make rain barrels:
E-How’s DIY Rain Barrel
E-How’s How To Set Up Rain Barrels.
How To Make A Rain Barrel from Young House Love
A Barrel of Earth Day Fun from Young House Love



  • Kaydee via Facebook on June 15, 2011

    Very cute!

  • via Facebook on June 15, 2011

    Thanks Kaydee. They are very much worth it. – Jessica

  • Kaydee via Facebook on June 15, 2011

    When I was 10 my neighbors were making something similar with wood barrels into planters, and let me help. Very fun project.


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