I am building a stand for one of my rain barrels, (full capacity 50 gallons, or
~ 420 lbs).
I am using 3/4 inch plywood, and plan on supporting it every 60 degrees of
circumference with 2 x 4's with 2 or 4 in the middle of the circle.
Think this will hold 420 lbs.of water, plus 25 lbs of barrel weight? (Total~455 lbs)
On Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:44:02 GMT, Terrance D McCarty
You didn't say what the foundation is. If this is a stand that will
sit on the ground, I would use brick or concrete block, that way you
don't have to worry about wood rot, water or insect damage.
No need to use mortar, although digging out a bit of a depression and
putting down several inches of sand under the masonry would be a nice
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Maybe under-thinking it ?
I'm thinking that the base - under the support - is more critical.
Rain barrels will over-flow big time - during the heavy downpours.
.. make sure the ground beneath the barrel is stable ! then -
a big sidewalk paver - with a couple concrete blocks on top -
will cost almost nothing in dollars or time - and provide a nice
raised surface - get your rain barrel up high enough to get a pail
under the drain tap.
.. and a bonus - no rotting wood to attract bugs !
or fall apart in a few years.
He may be thinking that the barrel up off the ground will gravity feed
for irrigation, hand watering, eliminating a pump.
I have this with my 150 gal aerator tank. It will flow enough water to
fill a toilet tank with the power off but you are not taking a shower.
I went with 4 concrete posts (6" pvc full of concrete) and PT 2x6
stringers and decking. I think plywood will just de laminate.
On Friday, August 18, 2017 at 6:44:09 PM UTC-4, Terrance D McCarty wrote:
You need to use the Sagulator.
It will calculate the sag of more species of wood than I knew existed based on
total load, load distribution, support method and a few more factors.
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