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Building your own RAIN BARREL Instructions


									                                                        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.

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