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Installing a (Manufactured) Rain Harvesting Barrel

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I installed half round gutters and corrugated downspouts on my house recently ... (I have an old house and I wanted to maintain this look). As I was doing this, and since I knew I had some nearby yard work planned, I incorporated a rain barrel.
After some research (through which I learned there is no shortage of techniques for making rain barrels nor in the shear number of rain barrels now on the market), I chose a 60 gallon rain barrel made by a company called EarthMinded. I picked it because 1) it looked good 2) it was comparatively large 3) it looked easy to install and 4) it could be bought through a local conservancy that subsidized the barrels bringing their cost down.
With rain barrels (like real estate) location location location is everything. Screened (at least partially) from the road, I set the barrel just downhill of last year's Vinca planting and just uphill from a bit of grass I intended to overseed (I completed this this past weekend and plan to post on it). I purchased 2 bags of pea gravel, used scrap (ground-contact-rated) 4x4s (further treated) and a spare piece of blue stone. Together, this/these provided a solid, level and elevated base (all very important).
Assembling and installing the barrel was a snap (Earthminded's instructions were excellent) BUT I did have to request beforehand a kit that would work with my new round downspouts.
I may write more about this project on my blog in the coming weeks but for now if you have questions, don't be afraid to ping me. Thanks for reading. ~jb
Time: 2-3 Hours Cost: $130 Difficulty: Moderate

To see more: http://www.buildingmoxie.com/2013/05/watering-the-lawn/

Got a question about this project?

  • Virginia
    Virginia Gainesville, GA

    :-) yeah, I had the idea... but I was like... hum... wonder how to make that stupid drain thing turn the corner.. how to stabilize it.... how do you put what where (after 3 or 4 brain stops I got worn out!). Before I started. You made it look really

  • Building Moxie
    Building Moxie Baltimore, MD

    the instructions with barrel were really good. Like Ikea instructions but with words. ha!

  • Sandy K
    Sandy K Oconto, WI

    I bought a real oak barrel just so I could set it up to catch water, but need to figure out how to do this. We just replaced all our eaves and down-spouts and I don't want to ruin anything. Should I set it up like "building Moxie?" comment's,

  • S137
    S137 Clarksburg, MD

    I couldn't afford to buy one of the Earthminded rain barrels, so I searched around and found that Earthminded also makes kit (about $30) that let me transform a 55-gallon barrel into a rain barrel. It was this video that convinced me that I could do

  • Julia Sipe Bentley
    Julia Sipe Bentley Colonial Beach, VA

    Great job! It looks professionally done!

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