How To Save a Lot of Money by Making Your Own Rain Barrel?
Have you ever considered making a rain barrel on order to save hundreds? Watering your beautiful plants can be very relaxing but also a costly task. Now, following these steps you can build your own rain barrel. You will be grateful because you’ll save hundreds of dollars! You can collect 300 gallons of water for every inch of rain that falls on a 500 square foot roof.
For many North America regions, this actually means that every year you can collect over 1000 gallons of water. In some areas of the United States rain barrels are illegal. Therefore, before starting, be sure to check your local regulations.
Step 1: What Materials You Need for Rain Barrel?
- 1 plastic garbage can – big size
- rubber washers – 2
- 1 hose clamp
- 1 tube of watertight sealant or roll of Teflon tape for plumbing
- A drill
- 1 spigot
- Landscaping fabric
Step 2 – Start Point
Near the bottom of the barrel drill a hole. Here, you will insert your spigot. Use a slightly smaller drill than the spigot. Do not drill a hole that is too low because you will want to leave space underneath to fill your watering can.
You should place a metal washer onto the threaded end of the spigot. Over the threads put a rubber washer to keep away or avoid leakage and help hold the washer in place.
Put waterproof sealant over the rubber washer and then insert the spigot into the hole. Once the sealant is dry, run a rubber washer, followed by a metal washer inside the barrel onto the threads of the spigot. Secure the spigot with the hose clamp. This will actually prevent your spigot from coming loose from your barrel.
In the lid of your rain barrel cut a hole. You will want this hole to sit perfectly under the downspout of your house so that the water runs perfectly into the barrel. Be sure that is large enough to “accept” the water flow. Add a hole or two near the top of the rain barrel. It will allow the water to overflow. You can run a PVC pipe or hose from the overflow hole to another rain barrel to connect the two. If you do this, you can collect and use even the overflow water.
If you want to prevent mosquitoes and other pests from getting into your rain barrel, use a piece of landscaping fabric as a barrier. Simply place it over the top of the barrel. Then put the lid over the top to “make it safe”.
Step 7 – Your Rain Barrel is Ready to Use
Put your own rain barrel up on a platform to make it easier to fill watering cans. If you use a hose to collect overflow, the elevation will also help give more pressure. Collecting hundreds of gallons of water have never been easier and cheaper with your rain barrel!