Don’t Trash That Rain Barrel Idea Just Yet

Don't Trash That Rain Barrel Idea Just Yet

( – Collecting rainwater is not only simple, it can even help you save money on your water bill. Unfortunately, rain barrels can be pretty expensive. So, how can you enjoy the benefits of collecting rainwater without suffering a significant financial setback?

As it turns out, you can save money in more ways than one. You can make your own rain barrel with relative ease and start enjoying the savings on your water bill today!

The video discusses how to use a rain collection system using a store-bought rain barrel. But, the same technique applies when using a DIY barrel.

To create your very own rain barrel, you’ll need a large trash can. The bigger ones work better because they allow you to collect more rainwater. You’ll also need a spigot, two each rubber and metal washers, a hose clamp, some silicone, landscaping fabric, and a drill.

Simply drill a hole that’s either the same size as, or slightly smaller than the spigot, to ensure it makes a good seal. The hole needs to be close to the bottom. However, don’t place it at the bottom. You will need space for a bucket or item to fill with your rainwater.

Next, you’ll need to place a metal washer on the threaded part of the spigot, followed by a rubber washer. Insert the spigot into the hole in the barrel, sealing it on the outside with the silicone. Once the silicone is dry, place the remaining washers (rubber one first) on the remaining portion of the spigot located inside of the barrel. Then, cut a hole in the top of your can’s lid so that water can enter the container. Be sure the hole is large enough to accommodate the water flow from the downspout.

You will also need to drill a hole or two near the top of the container/garbage can to allow for overflow during heavy rainfall. Cut a piece of landscaping fabric to fit the top of the can, and then place the lid on top to secure the material in place. Position the can directly under the downspout, and you can start collecting rainwater!

The legality of the collection of rainwater differs from state to state. Be sure to check out our article covering whether or not it’s legal to collect rainwater where you live.

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