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Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District Building your own RAIN BARREL Materials (not including parts for adjusting gutters) 3-1/2” hole saw ¾” spade bit 3/8” hole saw mandrel ½” Hose bibb (2) Kitchen and bath silicone sealant Food grade plastic barrel Kitchen sink mesh strainer Note: See photos on second page Drilling holes for faucets 1. Using the ¾”woodboring bit in your drill, make two holes in the barrel—one hole is for the water tap and the other is for the overflow. The bottom hole for the water tap needs to be at least 3 inches above the bottom of the barrel to allow attachment of hose, though it can be higher than three inches depending on what the barrel will sit on under the roof downspout. 2. Attach the 3-1/2” hole saw to the drill using the 3/8” hole saw mandrel. Cut a hole in the lid or top of the barrel to create an entrance for the water from the roof downspout. Attaching faucets 3. The over flow and the water tap will have the same hose bibb (faucet) to allow a hose to be attached to both, and to direct your overflow water to a suitable location on your property. 4. Prior to screwing in hose bibbs, wipe the holes in the barrel and the hose bibb threads with alcohol to clean both surfaces. 5. Begin screwing in your ½” hose bibbs into the bottom hole (water tap) and top hole (over flow), but apply kitchen and bath silicone sealant on the threads of the hose bibb and on the edge of the hole in the barrel before the bibbs are completely screwed in. 6. Set the kitchen sink mesh strainer in the hole cut into the lid of the barrel. Diverting water to rain barrel Rutland Natural Resources Conservation District 7. Cut your gutter drain a foot above barrel height (this height can change depending on what the barrel is sitting on; this height of this object needs to be included). 8. Attach a downspout elbow with an angle of 45 degrees or less—enough to direct the water into the barrel. 9. Drill pilot holes and secure the elbow with short stainless steel machine screws. 10. A downspout extension latch can be connected to allow for an easy switch over between seasons when the barrel is removed in winter. Seasonal maintenance 11. Remove barrel from downspout over the winter. If empty and turned over, the barrel can be stored outside but it is best to keep the barrel inside for protection. 12. Remove the elbow from the downspout. 13. Reattach the cut section that was removed during installation (step 7). The downspout extension latch would be very helpful when reattaching this section. 14. Reattach the elbow to the bottom of the downspout pipe. Hose Bibb Spade Bit Kitchen Strainer Hole Saw This workshop was made possible with funding through a VT Watershed Grant.
"Building your own RAIN BARREL Instructions"