DIY Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are relatively easy to make, but finding the barrel can be a challenge. I have seen rain barrels already assembled at places like Whole Foods and even Lowe's for upwards of $100. So we were thrilled when we found barrels at the Manchester Earth Day festival for only $15, it even came with a 6" hole in the top with a tight mesh mosquito screen to keep any standing-water-lovin' bugs out and to allow all the rain water in. All we had to do was add a faucet (hose bib) and an overflow valve. More on this project @

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Tyesha T

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  • S137
    on Sep 27, 2013

    Your overflow outlet is WAY too small to handle all the rain coming down your downspout. When that barrel is full, the little hose outlet won't be able to handle all of the rain water. It will just pool around the foundation of your house. I made a DIY rain barrel from a kit I got from They have a great video that shows exactly why you need an overflow that is as big as your inlet:

  • Tyesha T
    on Sep 28, 2013

    we actually have a hose connected to the overflow valve that waters our garden and never had any problem with pooling water. Thanks for the advice though!

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