Rain Barrels are another efficient way to preserve water, especially during the hot summer months when warmer climates experience droughts and little rainfall. Your plants, gardens and lawn will thank you for taking on this project while you water them and help our earth conserve some of our natural resources.
Below is a tutorial on how to make your very own rain barrel and we've also included a link to Young House Love here where you can see pictures and details.
Some of our schools have rain barrels in their gardens. This is school #132 in Crestview, FL.
What You Will Need:
6" Hole Saw (a saber saw, a keyhole saw, or a drywall saw will also work)
29/32" Drill Bit
3/4" Pipe Tap
3/4" Brass Faucet
Teflon Tape or All Purpose Caulk
3/4" Hose Adapter
- Use a 6" hole saw, a saber saw, a keyhole saw or a drywall saw to cut a perfectly round 6” hole on the top of your barrel.
- Drill two holes with a 29/32” drill bit, one towards the top for an overflow and one towards the bottom of the barrel for the faucet.
- Next use a 3/4" NPT pipe tap and twist it into the upper 29/32" hole, then untwist the tap and back it out of the hole, then repeat the same process for the lower 29/32" hole.
- Rinse your barrel out thoroughly, as it previously had a food product in it. Avoid using bleach, as it is environmentally harmful in the storm drains. For an environmentally safe soap solution use 2 teaspoons of castile soap and 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice for every gallon of water used to clean your barrel.
- Twist in the threaded side of the hose adapter into the 3/4" threaded hole towards the top of the barrel.
- Prepare the threaded side of the brass faucet by:Twist in the threaded and now prepared end of the faucet into the 3/4" threaded hole towards the bottom of the barrel.
- Wrap it tightly with teflon tape, make four or five rotations until all the threads are covered; or apply a thin ribbon of Kitchen and Bath All Purpose Adhesive Caulk, or similar sealant.
- Cover the 6" hole in the top by placing the 6" louvered screen onto the barrel with the louvered side up and the screen side down.
- Slide a hose onto the hose adapter at the top of barrel to direct the overflow water away from your home.
- Place two cinder blocks under the selected downspout and place the barrel on this raised base.
- Cut your downspout about 4" above the top of the barrel, add an elbow, and make any final adjustments to the base and barrel.
- Add a hose on the faucet or keep it available to fill a watering can.
Directions and tools list from City of Bremerton