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Tsies
Rain Barrels
Tsies

I would like to have a rain barrel for one of my downspouts to drain into. Does anyone know how to make one? I have checked at local garden stores but they seem to cost several hundred dollars. I was hoping to do this for much less as between my neightbor and myself we would like to have four of them.

Anonymous (not verified)
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Anonymous (not verified)

Google for rainbarrels (i.e. http://www.rainbarrelsandmore.com/ ). I've noticed that best deals aren't at your general home center, but places that specialize in rainbarrels, both plastic and oak.

Chief
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Chief

Check local ordinances. We have a county ordince prohibiting them as we have a serious mosquito breeding problem. I saw one in an Atlanta store and I'd definitely go with plastic.

Tsies
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Tsies

I thought I would leave a follow up to my own question. I did check local laws on the rain barrel and this city actually funds advertising for people to have rain barrels.
I found a company who had white 55gal barrels and they gave me one. I cut a hole in the top where the downspout could empty into it. I put screen over the hole to keep out any bugs and objects. Then I put a faucet 9" from the bottom with a hose to fill watering cans and then I put one at the very top so that I could attach a hose and let the overflow be taken away from the area. It works great. I have several neighbors that want to do the same thing. It cost me less than $25.00 compared to comerical barrels that cost $135 and up.

Chris
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Chris

Sorry I didn't see your question earlier - I've had great luck with the one I made just as you did. I made mine from a 32-gallon Roughneck plastic trash container. One warning - empty and take it in over the winter. Ice does amazing things to containers...

petefritz
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petefritz

I know that here in Milwaukee the local water utility offers rain barrels for a very low price. It saves on water usage for them, so it makes sense.

Anonymous (not verified)
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Anonymous (not verified)

And I've seen old style hand water pumps that can be attached to the top if you want to fill a watering vessel.

sandrarenolds
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sandrarenolds

Where did you get the barrel?

The city of Madison sells nice ones for $75, but I would rather have one for $25.

Thanks

gunnar fisher
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gunnar fisher

Let me share my experience with wooden rain barrels. I saw Roger's piece on them and looked them up on the products website. I believe they were in the 300 dollar range. Opting for cheaper ones, I searched the web and found a place in Kentucky that sold them for 100. Not thinking there was any difference, after all, a wooden barrel is a wooden barrel, I bought 4. They came without bungs or plugs which took me 3 olng distance calls and 2 emails to get. Three of the four leak, and the connection to the rain spout is a poor fitting plastic piece which allows the overflow to come gushing out the top---not too good for your foundation. The ones recommended in the piece look much better designed. So, my advice is to buy fewer, and get a nice looking barrel or go plastic.

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SPG
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SPG

As long as you screen the top, you shouldn't have a mosquito problem.
Here in Seattle there are a lot of options to get them and there is a place on 99 that sells them for $50 (IIRC)ready to go. I even set mine up with a drip irrigation and timer since it was high enough above the beds. Worked like a charm.

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