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How to make a rain barrel?

A rain barrel is a useful addition to a home. Water is collected and stored for plants and gardens. This reduces the pressure on public resources and the water bill of your home. With a little creativity and the right barrel, it also makes an excellent decoration. Multiple barrels can connect to each other to keep even more water. Rain barrels need not be limited to houses. Connect another rain barrel to a shed or garage to collect as much rain as possible periods so dry are not so dry. You can make a rain barrel or you can buy the best rain barrel or you can convert a barrel of wine to a rain barrel.


  1. Dig a hole in the surface of the barrel, 1 inch from the bottom, with a 3/4 inch drill bit. If the lower part of the barrel is thicker than usual, drill the hole half inches above the barrel floor.
  2. Dig a hole in the surface of the barrel, 2 inches from the top, with a 3/4 inch drill bit.
  3. Drill a hole in the center of the barrel cap with a 3/4 inch drill bit. Cut a hole 5 inches in diameter with a jigsaw, using the drill as a starting point.
  4. Wash one 6-by-6 inch square of the outdoor screen with clean water. Place the screen over the hole in the barrel lid. Basic food in a place with 1/2 inch staples if the barrel is made of wood, or fix it with PVC glue to a plastic barrel.
  5. Place a 3/4 inch rubber washer on the end of a 3/4 inch overflow valve. Slide the valve through the upper hole on the side of the barrel and place another rubber washer on the valve. Cover the side of the machines that face the barrel with a thin layer of silicone sealant. Place a locking washer on the end of the pipe and tighten securely with an adjustable wrench.
  6. Place a 3/4 inch spigot for the lower hole in the same exact way that the overflow valve is attached.
  7. Attach the lid securely to the rain barrel. Place the rain barrel next to the water drop to which it will be attached. Cut the 6-inch jets over the top of the rain barrel with a metal saw.
  8. Remove the elbow from the end of the ejector jets and attach it to the cut end. Move the rain barrel so that the end of the elbow is located above the hole in the top of the rain barrel.

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