On this page, at the end of the second paragraph is a link to click on for
2-page directions on how to make a rain barrel.
I purchase my barrels from a local food company that makes teriyaki sauce
so the barrels are food quality. Of course the rain water collected may
not be, but I know the barrels are.
The directions give details as to how to drill the hole(s), connect the
fittings, link the barrels. etc. The second link posted today shows
different stacking methods and linking methods as well as how some have
connected the downspout with overflows, etc.
Puckdropper, your directions are accurate though a bit incomplete; surely
we all got that far, but there is a bit more when one goes to actually do
it. Questions might be: How to get the water into the barrel, how to get
it out of the barrel, etc. Maybe even how to attach a spigot to the
barrel. Some like to see different methods and determine which might be
better for their use.
The two pages have detailed photographs of the fittings and how to install
them. For those who already have plumbing experience, they are unneeded,
but not all of us do. On the pages (today and yesterday) are also
details as how to attach the spigot into a closed barrel. Also a reminder
about the mosquito issue and other suggestions.
I apologize if I offended you by considering that someone might want
specific directions. Since my own plan for this was changed after
viewing the pages, it seemed logical that others might be interested in
seeing some methods used.
Personally, when someone says they make their own tomato cages, I like
more details to see if their methods might be better than what I use.
BTW, the first rain barrel page was designed to be a tri-fold brochure,
undoubted given out at fairs, etc., hence large photos and specifics.
Yes, I saw that show, also (actually "Ask This Old House"). One of the
pages on the second web site I posted
(http://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/rainbarrel.htm ) has a link to a
photograph of that type of overflow but didn't give specific directions
though I'll bet they have it on the "Ask This Old House" web page. When I
get that far, I'll be looking for it if the photo and my local plumbing
store don't have enough info for it.
That second page has a link to a page where one of the people painted her
barrel to match her house siding. Another barrel was painted by an artist
and sold at auction as a fund raiser. Those that I put in the garden will
likely be painted like green grass with my granddaughters (6 & 8) drawing
flowers on them. I stopped searching after I found that web site but I'll
bet there are many dozens of more ideas of how to use the barrels
practically and attractively.
The pages give directions for attaching the hose bib; but the WSU person I
spoke with yesterday, uses JB-Weld (sp?) to fasten the hose bib rather the
directions for otherwise. I'll let you know which way I decide is best
for the barrels I use.
There is a gentleman in Portland who waters his tomato plants from
barrels, fills the barrels and lets the water warm; the warmer water
encourages even greater growth and a larger crop.
Glenna if you collect rain water off your roof and you don't live in an area
of heavy pollution then you should have no problems drinking the water. I'm
in my mid 50s and have drunk rain water collected from the roof for about 40
of those years. This is the most common method to obtain drinking water in
rural areas in my country and I've not heard of anyone bothering to use
filtering techniques. Bird poop is mostly phosphorus and it's not a problem
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