Finished My Rain Barrel Project
This was fairly easy to do once I found the supplies at the local home center. I needed: 1. Water faucet + 2 nuts & 2 washers to fit this 2. Double ended 3/4" pipe in the shortest length possible + 2 nuts & 2 washers to fit this 3. Large Plastic Outdoor Trashcan 4. Screen Material 5. Flexible downspout to fit on downspout from gutter. 6. Waterproof Caulk My first step was to drill the holes for the faucet and runoff outlet. These holes need to be just large enough for the faucet and outlet. You can cut these holes instead of drilling them, if you like. You need to drill the hole for the faucet high enough so that you can place your watering can under the faucet. I lowered this height by placing the can on some stacked cedar 4x4s that I had left over from another project. The hole for the overflow outlet is drilled close to the top. Next we install the faucet. Your will want to place one of the nuts and a washer on the faucet before inserting it in the barrel. After inserting the faucet in barrel, place the other washer and nut on tightening securely. The caulk both sides to prevent leaks. Now, we install the overflow outlet following the same steps as we did for the faucet. Cut a hole in the lid big enough for the downspout to fit in easily. Stretch a piece of screening over the top of the barrel and place the lid on top of this. I then trimmed the edges to make it look nice. This screen serves 2 purposes: keeping debris out of the barrel and mosquitoes out of the barrel. Place the barrel so that it the downspout can easily carry water in the opening in the top of the barrel and install the downspout. Last step, attach a hose to the overflow and place it so that water does not flow onto your foundation. Now, I just have to wait for it to rain and see how it works.