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whyknot
Re: Rain Barrels
whyknot

I've got 6 attached to all my downspouts,(Portland has a disconect program going on). The barrels were about 25 bucks ea., and the plumbing is a fair bit more. there are four of the barrels ganged together with abs pipe, and sealed with silicone, the overflo is brass, and that was the expensive part.
out here you can leave them open, but screened, that's why they make mosquito dunks, but I prefer to cover mine to keep out junk.
I use the water for round the house watering,but with a whole house filter, complex...EU made I think, it could be make potable.

Gardening Pat
Re: Rain Barrels
Gardening Pat

I wish that I could make a rain barrel and save the $, but I'd rather not be bothered. I bought some rain barrels from a company called "Rain Barrels in Georgia." They have a website: www.rainbarrelsingeorgia.com. I ordered from this company through Amazon - they had very good ratings. I ordered the second one through their website.

They have excellent prices (compared to similar companies).

Patsy

Don G
Re: Rain Barrels
Don G
Tsies wrote:

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.

I took a class at a local Nature Center , on building a rain barrel, it was very easy to do. Check local barrel or container companys. The cost for a plastic barrel is around $ 25 and another $15 for the other parts needed.

Ag Guy
Re: Rain Barrels
Ag Guy

Open top rain barrels is a bad idea. You can get diverter kits from http://www.gardenwatersaver.com It's basically a hose that attaches to the downspout and on top of the barrel, so the barrel is sealed. If you go with plastic, you can remove the top to access the inside of the barrel. When the barrel is filled, the water simply goes out the downspout as it normally would. It works great and is cheap.

mrpsion
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mrpsion

I love these rain barrels you guys are posting. For my terra cotta rain barrels I got the RainReserve Diverter system. It has worked awesome compared to the other diverters I tried. Most of them broke during a heavy rain or winter, but my RainReserve has stood the test of time. It also solved most of my problems: mosquitoes, algae and rain barrel overflow. This is a must get system!

http://www.rainreserve.com

GeraldBell
Re: Rain Barrels
GeraldBell

My dad used to get these really cool blue plastic barrels that resembled giant olive containers. They place he got them from gave them to him for free because they were basically the remnants of some industrial soap or chemical or something. See if you have a place like that around you, they might be more than happy to get rid of them.

One man's trash is another's treasure. :)

dennistonnate
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dennistonnate

I read in a magazine where they made a platform for 2 plastic trash cans to sit on. The down spout went into one, both had lids. They were plumbed with PVC to flow from one to the other. In the plumbing they put in a end for a garden hose and a valve for watering. It would be a little pricy with all the fittings, but their is no dragging water buckets around the yard.

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