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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 Hours Cost: $130 Difficulty: Medium

To see more: http://www.buildingmoxie.com/installing-a-manufactured-rain-barrel-and-kit/

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  • HomeSpot HQ
    HomeSpot HQ Durham, NC
    on May 7, 2013

    Looks great! I'm wanting to do the same this summer but procrastination always seems to get the best of me!

  • Building Moxie
    Building Moxie Baltimore, MD
    on May 7, 2013

    for k style gutter, rectangular downspout, I could see this being a fairly easy retro-fit as long as you have a good place to set the barrel. Good luck Tyler.

  • Megan V (Our Pinteresting Family)
    Megan V (Our Pinteresting Family) Lutherville Timonium, MD
    on May 7, 2013

    This is definitely on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing all these tips and pictures.

  • Building Moxie
    Building Moxie Baltimore, MD
    on May 7, 2013

    cheers @Megan V (Our Pinteresting Family) ... ping me if you have questions. I mean after all, I've installed one now I am expert. ha!

  • Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)
    Joules (from Pocketful of Joules) Westminster, MD
    on May 7, 2013

    Very cool! We've been thinking about adding one to our house soon and this is very helpful!

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